Funded Projects beginning with S
SAFE to LEARN: A Community Partnership for Quality Classroom Environments
$5,000 » His Place Community Center, 2016 One Northside project support
SAFE to LEARN: A Community Partnership for Quality Classroom Environments, a project of His Place Community Center, addressed the Adverse Childhood Experiences of physical and emotional abuse in the form of bullying at Spring Hill Elementary. The project implemented weekly bullying prevention workshops with the entire student body and staff. The project additionally engaged the Spring Hill community through pledge forms, community rallies, and window decals with the shared vision of the project.
Sailing in Pittsburgh
$5,000, 2008 Community Connections project support
Sailing in Pittsburgh, a project of Point of Pittsburgh Sailing League, promoted sailing on Pittsburgh’s rivers with the establishment of a permanent sailing program in Pittsburgh in conjunction with the 2008 Three Rivers Regatta.
Saints Tour: Braddock
$7,500 » Bricolage Production Company, 2014 Seed Award project support
Saints Tour: Braddock, a project of Bricolage Production Company in association with Real/Time Interventions, was a theatrical journey through Braddock, PA, by bus and on foot, led by a Tour Guide character whose family has been rooted to the land for centuries. The audience traversed the landscape of the Edgar Thomson Works, the Carnegie Library, and sites of local lore, while listening to stories of the “saints” that have inhabited those places. Along this route, participants encountered installations, musical performances, mysterious occurrences and other magical traces of local “saints” in their midst, created by local artists and residents.
$5,500, 2003 Seed Award project support
Salt, a seasonally published literary journal, incorporated lively, varied, and intellectually stimulating themes and perspectives. Each new release was launched at a promotional event taking its theme from the issue. Committed to reinterpreting archetypes and rethinking the commonplace, Salt gave young writers a means to publicize their work and connect with other writers in Pittsburgh.
Salvage/Salvation Part 5: ARISE
$8,500, 2007 Seed Award project support
Salvage/Salvation Part 5: ARISE explored the philosophical, emotional, and material implications of what we discard. ARISE was an art and urban renewal project in which a collection of local artists and students transformed an abandoned church in Braddock into an installation space. The first step in revitalizing the building for future use as a community center, the process of salvaging the space was part of the artistic intention of the installation.
Sandbox Summit 2015
$1,000 » PlayScience, LLC, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship
Sandbox Summit 2015, an event hosted by PlayScience, brought together 300 leaders in education, technology, media, child development, research, and policy to create smarter and more effective ways to help children learn in the 21st century. The summit looked at the ways learning and life can be enhanced by remixing traditional toys and technology, the techniques of gaming, playground rules, stories, pictures, songs and smiles. Sandbox Summit 2015 took place March 23-24, 2015 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.
Sandyvale Memorial Botanical Gardens Phase I, Task II: Staging/Visitors Area
$5,000 » Sandyvale Cemetary Association, Inc., 2008 Community Connections project support
Sandyvale Memorial Botanical Gardens Phase I, Task II - Staging/Visitors Area, a project of Sandyvale Cemetary Association, Inc., brought a historic building back to life as the visitors center of the Sandyvale Memorial Botanical Gardens. Responding local sentiment that the site of an old pioneer cemetery required an innovative and sensitive preservation idea, a botanical garden seemed the appropriate answer. Sensitive to the original use of the site, the gardens were made to provide respectful enjoyment and dignified beauty for generations to come.
$15,000 » Assemble, 2013 Spark project support
Saturday Crafternoons, a project of Assemble, was a program that promoted project-based learning, hands-on making, experimentation and community engagement for youth ages 5-10 through free DIY workshops with local craft artists. The program focused on make-and-take activities, creating community focused projects and connecting STEAM learning to crafting and making, while educating youth about environmental issues and empowering them to be confident makers, foster a love of DIY projects and activate an interest in their community and city. Through Saturday Crafternoons, kids learned not only about the projects they were making, but about themselves and the world around them.
Saturdays at The Dream Factory
$10,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2013 Hive project support
Saturdays at The Dream Factory, a project of Elizabeth Forward School District, was a series of open Saturday sessions and a summer enrichment program at the Middle School’s Dream Factory maker lab. The program invited youth from surrounding counties of Washington, Greene, Westmoreland and Fayette to transform inventive ideas into real objects, using laser cutters, AutoCAD with 3D capabilities, robotics, micro controllers and wood shop equipment.
Schellsburg Community Park
$5,000 » Schellsburg Borough, 2008 Community Connections project support
Schellsburg Community Park, a project of Schellsburg Borough, celebrated the Bicentennial of the historic town of Schellsburg by improving the three acre plot of land owned by the Boro of Schellsburg. Improvements included horseshoe pits, shrubbery, lighting, and a volleyball court to be used on Hometown Pride Day during the Bicentennial festivities.
$500 » Angels' Place, Inc., 2016 Change Machine project support
School Garden, a project of 4-year old Eli Hamann, planted a garden at Angels’ Place day care center. Eli’s teacher purchased the plants and flowers and the children helped to plant the garden in late spring. They used the produce to cook with and make things such as lotion. They made a video to share on Facebook and sent letters to their friends at other Angels’ Place locations to share their project activities.
SciTech’s Outdoor Learning Environment
$3,000 » Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2016 Remake Learning project support
SciTech’s Outdoor Learning Environment, a project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, used designs by Pittsburgh SciTech students to transform a patio space into an outdoor learning environment. The outdoor space aided in covering topics such as urban gardening, weather-related, sustainability, and nutrition. The middle school students that created the space served both as students in the space as well as teachers for pre-school aged students.
Sea Land & Air Challenge
$15,000, 2012 Spark project support
Sea Land & Air Challenge, a project of Pennsylvania State University Electro Optics Center (EOC), used the EOC’s expertise in unmanned sensor systems to provide the next generation of engineers and technicians hands-on experience with engineering technologies. The project used competitive, fun activities as a powerful way to expose students to STEM career pathways and helped develop an interest in engineering concepts. It additionally provided regional high school students with experience in the design, integration, and testing of sensors (e.g. cameras, temperature sensors, GPS) of remote control vehicles. Student interaction with engineering mentors exposed students to a ‘real-world’ engineering process and helped incorporate scientific skills with hands-on experience. The experience inspired students to pursue STEM education and opened a doorway to a wide range of educational and career opportunities.
“Season of Hope” (2005)
James Maszle, 2005 Community Murals mural
“This massive wall measures over 200 feet in length, larger than anything I have ever attempted—it was an artistic and physical test,” says artist James Maszle of Season of Hope, one of the larger Sprout murals. The location of the wall–on ground level in the heart of the Homewood neighborhood– greatly adds to the power and presence of this mural. Images from history, like portraits of young and elderly Homewood citizens, symbols such as the tree of life, and the façade of local Westinghouse High School, now adorn this very important local landmark. Called the Meadows Bowling Center, this facility is the current resting place of the first bowling alley open to African Americans in Pittsburgh. Ted Page, of the Homestead Grays baseball team, opened the bowling alley in the city’s Hill District. It then moved to East Liberty before finally coming to Homewood, where it now proudly resides. The citizens of Homewood never forgot this building’s importance, and use it now as much as a community center as a thriving bowling alley. The community group believed the mural to be an important addition to the neighborhood; “as essential as a park or new housing,” agrees Maszle.
A Season of Violence
$4,433 » Phase 3 Productions, 2009 Seed Award project support
A Season of Violence, a project of Phase 3 Productions, explored the causes and effects of real violence on real people. First, Roberto Zucco portrayed violence through the eyes of a serial killer. Then, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me presented the conflicted story of three men kidnapped in Lebanon. Last, Lion in the Streets followed the ghost of a murdered girl as she walked the streets.
Seeing Duquesne Through a Different Lens
$5,000 » Duquesne City School District, 2016 Remake Learning project support
Seeing Duquesne Through a Different Lens, a project of Duquesne City School District, fostered STEAM knowledge through inquiry-based learning using Google Expedition Kits. Grade level teachers and instructional coaches in the PreK-6 building collaborated to design project-based learning opportunities using the Google Kits. Lessons were designed with a technology and maker focus, with professional development workshops provided through the Center for Creativity and Common Sense Media. Through the STEAM Lending Library, they were also able to borrow other virtual reality equipment to compliment the Google Kits.
Sewing for Jesus Ministry
$1,050 » Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 2015 One Northside project support
Sewing for Jesus Ministry, a project of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, offered weekly classes at the Bidwell Presbyterian Church to teach people how to sew, crochet, and knit, bringing together the many different ethnic and religious groups found on the Northside through the common desire to learn these skills. The classes gave people the opportunity to make a garment of their choosing while team members made prayer shawls and lap robes for the sick and shut-in in the community.
SGA ’Green and Growing’ Initiative
$5,000 » Slippery Rock University Student Government Association, 2008 Community Connections project support
SGA ’Green and Growing’ Initiative, a project of Slippery Rock University Student Government Association, provided green bikes as an alternate means of transportation on and around the campus and planted 100+ trees to sustain the land and create beautiful spaces to promote learning, recreation, and community gathering.
Shaler Area Green Initiative
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support
Shaler Area Green Initiative, a project of Shaler Area High School, constructed an educational garden using native plants and trees for use as a functional outdoor classroom. Using innovative sustainable growing methods like aquaponic fertilization, the garden and accompanying greenhouse cultivated native plants in a setting where students could learn about life and earth sciences, sustainability, and ecological stewardship.
Shalom Sankofa Bus Tour of the Hill District
$1,500 » Shalom Pittsburgh, ULYP, Black/Jewish Dialogue, 2005 Seed Award project support
Shalom Sankofa Bus Tour of the Hill District, a project of Shalom Pittsburgh, The Urban League Young Professionals, and The Black-Jewish Dialogue, transported participants through the Hill District, the center of Jewish life in Pittsburgh from the late 1800s to mid 1900s. The tour included visits to old synagogues and Jewish landmarks, as well as a film screening and remarks by Councilman Sala Udin.
Shattered Glass Podcast
$2,200 » New Sun Rising, 2017 100 Days project support
Shattered Glass Podcast, a project of New Sun Rising, told the stories of extraordinary women breaking the glass ceiling.
She Runs SWPA
$4,750 » Women and Girls Foundation, 2017 100 Days project support
She Runs SWPA, a project of the Women and Girls Foundation, empowered women to run for local office through coalition-building, grassroots outreach, and demystification of the political process.
Shelby Montgomery Community Garden
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support
Shelby Montgomery Community Garden, a project of Manchester Beautification Committee, constructed a community garden in a vacant lot in the neighborhood of Manchester on Pittsburgh’s Northside. In addition to restoring a blighted area of the neighborhood, the garden was cultivated with native plants and other selected species and included training and educational programs for neighborhood youth.
Shelter My Paws
$500 » Christopher Hart, 2016 Change Machine project support
Shelter My Paws, a project of 13-year old Abigail Hart, encouraged people to foster cats from local animal shelters in order to lower the number of cats that are euthanized. Abigail created and distributed a 3-fold brochure, with information on fostering cats, recommended products, and advice/FAQs, focusing her efforts on places people often go when considering fostering or adopting a pet.
Side by Side Learning
$9,500 » Chartiers Valley School District, 2015 Hive project support
Side by Side Learning, a project of Chartiers Valley School District, delivered hands-on, engaging after school and summer programming at Chartiers Valley’s Digital Media Center centered on various STEAM-related subjects such as CAD, video production, 2D and 3D art, Adobe Photoshop, architecture, and civil engineering. The program additionally increased the number of avenues that middle school students at Chartiers Valley were able to engage with the school community and find a place to belong.
Sidewalk Chalk Mural Competition
$2,000 » University of Pittsburgh Office of International S, 2003 Seed Award project support
Sidewalk Chalk Mural Competition, a project of University of Pittsburgh, was one of six new events for International Week at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. Inviting collaboration among participants, the murals encouraged student organizations to beautify the campus’s sidewalks, while providing an opportunity to celebrate the intercultural diversity of the city’s largest University.
SIGDIAL and IVA 2016 Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend
SIGDIAL and IVA 2016 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Tanmay Sinha, PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant at Carnegie Mellon University, to attend the 17th Annual SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue from September 13-15, 2016 and the 16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) from September 20-23, 2016 in Playa Vista, CA. SIGDIAL 2016 provided a regular forum for the presentation of cutting edge research in discourse and dialogue while IVA 2016 was a scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. Tanmay presented at both conferences on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.
Signs of Me
$4,000, 2009 Spark project support
Signs of Me, a project of Carley Jean Parrish, partnered with neighborhood civic organizations to run workshops in which children designed and fabricated their own street signs to mark favorite places in their communities.
$7,500 » Friends of the Hollywood Theater, 2013 Seed Award project support
Silents, Please!, a project of Friends of the Hollywood Theater, revived the art of silent film screening, providing modern audiences a classic movie-going experience that the theater’s first patrons in the 1920’s enjoyed. While the films of that era had no soundtracks they were far from silent, as a small orchestra or piano player sat in the wings and accompanied each movie. Through their music they created dramatic tension, provided comic relief, and even added recurring motifs. The Hollywood Theater presented a series of six classic, silent films over six months with live musical accompaniment by respected musicians, and included introductions and Q&A sessions by film scholars.
Sister II Sister: Promoting Empowerment with eSTEAM
$15,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Hive project support
Sister II Sister: Promoting Empowerment with eS.T.E.A.M., a project of Duquesne University, was an enrichment program designed to support at-risk female students in achieving academic success through STEAM education. The program paired young women who had completed at least a year of Sisters eS.T.E.A.M. programming with young women new to STEAM programming. Focusing primarily on engineering, technology, and math, Sister II Sister used a hands-on approach to help female students gain knowledge and understanding through experiential learning.
Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. Biology
$8,000 » Duquesne University, 2016 Rec2Tech project support
Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. Biology, a project of Duquesne University, promoted the empowerment of youth through inquiry-based, hands-on science learning that incorporated real world applications. The Rec2Tech Demo week activities introduced youth to the world of Biology and the importance of loving themselves from the inside out. The project’s space transformation involved a lab space that was color coded to mimic the heart, with inquiry-based instruction happening simultaneously in a deoxygenated path and an oxygenated path that each student experienced daily.
SIX x ATE
$1,000 » Casey Droege, 2012 Social Innovation Exchange project support
SIX x ATE, a project of Casey Droege, was a free dinner and lecture series promoting local artists, a stronger arts network and a more interdisciplinary conversation in Pittsburgh during which six artists are asked to present or perform work based on a theme while one cuisinier creates a three course meal based on the same theme. This project connected local artists, the arts network, and dinner guests starting in March 2013 in the Strip District.
SIX x ATE Place and Revolution
$1,000 » Casey Droege, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium
SIX x ATE Place and Revolution, a project of Casey Droege, hosted a dinner/lecture featuring 6 local artists and a cuisinier responding to the theme of “Place and Revolution.” Attendees saw 5-minute presentations/performances from the artists and walked away with new connections made during an evening of eating, drinking, and socializing.
Skills To Live By
$10,000 » Center of Life, 2017 My Brother's Keeper project support
Skills To Live By, a project of Center of Life, worked with New Century Careers to better address 21st century job training in Hazelwood. Center of Life and New Century Careers partnered to develop effective marketing, recruitment, and easily accessible skills training tailored to high school students, recent graduates, and young men in Hazelwood. Eligible youth were enrolled in New Century Careers’ M2K Quick-Train machinist training program, a time-shortened pre-apprenticeship program that offered classroom and hands-on machining training to prepare trainees for entry-level positions in precision machining.
The Skinny Building
$900 » Ground Zero, 2001 Grand Ideas project support
The Skinny Building, a project of Ground Zero, was an architectural oddity in the heart of the Fifth and Forbes corridor downtown. At 5 feet wide and 60 feet long, The Skinny Building was one of the shallowest commercial buildings in the world. The once vacant structure served as a unique venue for alternative art and the promotion of other cultural events.
The Skinny Building: Final Installation
$850 » SkinnyBuilding, 2007 Grand Ideas project support
The Skinny Building - Final Installation, a project of SkinnyBuilding, was the last show in the space after an early Seed Award helped support the use of Pittsburgh’s landmark Skinny Building as a place for public art installations. One final exhibition was planned in 2007 before the ownership of the building changed hands and prohibited future access to the space. For the exhibition, local illustration artists Mike Budai and Brian Holderman teamed up for a first-ever collaborative installation of their unique and entertaining screen-printed characters.
The Sky is the Limit
$5,600, 2010 Seed Award project support
The Sky is the Limit enlisted a skywriter to write messages taken from city advisements in the sky over downtown Pittsburgh. Loosed from their paper signs and billboards, common phrases like “Space Available” evoked open-ended poetic meanings and suggested the promise of new opportunities. The expressions were reproduced to fill ad space in the Pittsburgh City Paper, to perplex readers and to point to the changing nature of the newspaper industry. In collaboration with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the project was fully documented in photos and video. Large photographic prints of the skywriting were then installed in storefront windows, effectively returning the transformed language to its original context.
Sleeping With Strangers
$1,000 » Birmingham Foundation, 2012 Social Innovation Exchange project support
Sleeping With Strangers, a project of Birmingham Foundation, was facilitated conversations between individuals and groups that held an interest or potential for future partnership with the Hostel to be opened in the Southside by the end of 2013. This project connect those interested in a Pittsburgh Hostel starting in March 2013 in the Southside.
Sleepless in Pittsburgh
$500 » Maria Searcy, 2016 Change Machine project support
Sleepless in Pittsburgh, a project of 18-year old and 17-year old Brett and Chandler Searcy, raised awareness about the ill-effects of early start times in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The sisters held a community event that featured a round-table discussion with doctors, parents, and students. There were also resources for attendees to take home that promoted health and well-being in teens.
smART Talks: By Kids, For Kids
$10,000 » Bethlehem Center School District, 2013 Spark project support
smART Talks: By Kids, For Kids, a project of Bethlehem Center School District, was a video series produced by Beth-Center Elementary fourth graders to educate their peers in an array of artistic interdisciplinary categories, from Artists to Art History to Technology. Students were in charge of designing and creating the studio space for the video series, as well as all aspects of production, including writing scripts, running cameras and editing footage to be uploaded to the web. Beyond just a simple technical class in video production, the project provided students real world skills that were useful beyond the studio—communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving—while the videos they produced were used as teaching aids in underserved, economically-challenged school districts in the region.
$12,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Hive project support
Snap, a project of Duquesne University in conjunction with take pART and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, cultivated student creativity through the exploration of music and the arts in an inquiry-based, active learning environment. Using a pedagogy based on aesthetic education and constructivist principles, students were engaged in design processes, art and music making, and reflective engagements with works of art. Additionally, students developed a maker ethic by using creative problem-solving skills.
SNAP Behavior Intervention in Morrow Elementary School, Brighton Heights
$1,050 » Holy Family Institute, 2016 One Northside project support
SNAP Behavior Intervention in Morrow Elementary School, a project of Holy Family Institute, brought awareness to parents about the benefits of the incoming SNAP program at John Morrow Elementary. SNAP was an evidence-based program that taught children to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior. Events such as luncheons, parent meet and greets, and parent-teacher nights were used to provide information about the program coming into the school, parents’ role, and how to make additional referrals throughout the Northside community.
Snow, Ice and Art
$5,000 » Friends of Ohiopyle State Park, 2011 Seed Award project support
Snow, Ice and Art, a project of Friends of Ohiopyle State Park, offered a new glimpse into the winter season through programs such as Winterfest, Winter Summits for students, and a workshop for local teachers that introduced new ways of investigating ice and snow to interpret climate change data. Participants were invited to capture and digitize images of snowflakes; create ice-thin sections and investigate crystals; explore snow pits’ density and temperature; build snow shelters called quinzees; and participate in a winter ecology hike, including a scavenger hunt. The involved educators initially learned these science skills at the History of Winter Workshop provided by NASA in Lake Placid, NY.
The Soil Superheroes
$5,000 » New Sun Rising, 2017 100 Days project support
The Soil Superheroes, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, investigated soil lead levels in Homewood through youth-led exploration and research.
Song for Pittsburgh
$1,000 » Jennifer Nagle Myers, 2012 Social Innovation Exchange project support
Song for Pittsburgh, a project by Jennifer Nagle Myers, was a one-day, six-part performance piece for Pittsburgh. At noon on Sunday, April 21st, six singers in six locations throughout the city sang the same song, three times over the course of an hour. Acting as a spontaneous art “happening” that spoke to the spirit of Pittsburgh, the original song and performance was meant to embody every resident of the city, regardless of age, race, religion or gender, and was performed simultaneously in Squirrel Hill, Homewood, Hill District, South Side, North Side and Friendship in an effort to connect the city through song and community.
Sonic Bridge Project
$2,600 » Frank Ferraro, 2003 Seed Award project support
Sonic Bridge Project transformed unnoticed community spaces into interactive exercises in soundscape listening. Artist Frank Ferraro conducted a series of performances premiering site-specific sound installations in Downtown Pittsburgh. A permanent installation was installed in the Homestead Library.
Sonic Sculpture Orchestra
$14,500 » Fine Art Miracles, Inc., 2015 Hive project support
Sonic Sculpture Orchestra, a project of Fine Art Miracles, Inc., was a 10 week interdisciplinary art program that blended sculpture and music. Using input from the student participants, the pilot program with the Homewood-Brushton YMCA developed a curriculum to reflect the engagement of student artists as they created sculptures with the goal of eliciting a musical sound from them. Participants were challenged to explore the sonic potential of the clay statues they made and compose a piece performed using CEEMI technology.
Sons & Daughters of Sons & Daughters
$1,050 » Lamb of God Lion of Judah Ministries, 2016 One Northside project support
Sons & Daughters of Sons & Daughters, a project of Lamb of God Lion of Judah Ministries, was a citizen-led effort to provide basic needs for neighbors, such as food, school supplies, and clothing. Debra began helping her neighbors by using her own already scarce resources. The project enabled the expansion her giving and actions for change in partnership with One Northside.
$1,050 » Infinite Lifestyle Solutions, 2016 One Northside project support
Cecilia Ware’s quality of education project for the Central Northside educates and provides resources for families that have been traumatized by violent crime. The project events will provide people with an opportunity to speak about their experiences in addition to being connected with counseling services and hearing from speakers.
$7,300 » Coro Center for Civic Leadership, 2006 Seed Award project support
Sound Planet, a project of Coro Center for Civic Leadership, involved national benchmarking and local market research. With the results of this research, Sound Planet created a nationally recognized music festival to engage a diverse audience, in Pittsburgh and beyond.
$2,500, 2001 Seed Award project support
Soundhouse combined music programming with a world-renowned venue to create an incubator where local musicians of all genres could interact and collaborate.
$8,200 » SOUNDpgh, 2005 Seed Award project support
SOUNDpgh, a project of SOUNDpgh, was a series of installation, performance, and web projects that explored the human interaction with sound. The project brought attention to the importance of daily aural experience and created site-specific sound installations and diverse street performances to spark a conversation with the existing urban soundscape.
South Side Sculpture Project
$49,340, 2008 Community Connections project support
South Side Sculpture Project, a project of Industrial Arts Co-op, completed the final stage of the South Side Sculpture, a monumental piece of public art created from salvaged artifacts of the local steel industry on former riverfront mill sites. The enormous sculpture used steel I-beams to depict the towering figures of two laboring steelworkers and was placed on permanent public display along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Southmoreland Middle School Wetlands Project
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support
Southmoreland Middle School Wetlands Project, a project of Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, enhanced biodiversity in a wetland located in Scottdale Borough by increasing the number and variety of wetland flora to stabilize an area that received significant storm water runoff from multiple sources.
Spark Fun National Tour
$4,000 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2013 Spark project support
Spark Fun National Tour, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, shared a passion for electronics with students and teachers across the country. The National Tour will stopped in 50 states on 50 dates to teach workshops to children, teachers, librarians, and other educators, showing how electronics can be a vital part of education. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP), in collaboration with the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA), Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), Assemble, and The Labs at CLP, served as host for one stop along the SparkFun National Tour. During this national tour stop, SparkFun staff engaged at least 20 adult educators in a hands-on workshop. This event, which was part of a national campaign, served as the launch for a series of 4 workshops that engaged children and other educators from across the city. The educators who participated in the initial SparkFun workshop were asked to host and facilitate follow-up workshops at their respective organizations/sites for other educators and families as a way to help spread this learning to other community members.
SPEAQ Open Mic Nights
$5,000 » Dreams of Hope, 2012 Seed Award project support
SPEAQ Open Mic Nights, a project of Dreams of Hope, provided a safe, creative environment for LGBTQ young adults (aged 17-24) in Pittsburgh, while also fostering the next generation of arts organizers. The heart of the program was a Young Poets Advisory Board of five young people who planned, promoted, and ran an open mic night for LGBTQ youth at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty once a month. The Advisory Board was a diverse group of young artists excited to learn how to organize arts events in the city of Pittsburgh. This program empowered the next generation of LGBTQ artists and activists, giving them a chance to SPEAQ their minds and enrich the city.
The Spoken Mic
$5,000 » innertainment Live, 2004 Seed Award project support
The Spoken Mic, a project of Innertainment Live, was an interdisciplinary event that presented audiences with a family-friendly array of performances, including spoken word, comedy, soapbox, dramatic sketch, and political and philosophical discourses. The Spoken Mic bonded arts organizations and local residents through a shared concern for local issues.
The Spoken Word Archive
$3,700, 2010 Seed Award project support
The Spoken Word Archive collected every word, both public and private, uttered by a diverse series of anonymous individuals across Pittsburgh. The archive allowed the public to hear, for the first time, words spoken at exactly the same moment by people usually separated by geography and circumstance. The accidental collision of words formed a unique documentary of the city. The transcripts were posted on a dedicated website and published as a series of books that were loaned to the public through the Carnegie Libraries and presented in local museums. The texts were modified into scripts for a performance series and were exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
$12,000 » West Jefferson Hills School District, 2015 Spark project support
SpotEd Media, a project of West Jefferson Hills School District, was a video production studio and corresponding cross curricular activities that were integrated into the elementary students’ daily learning. The project engaged students at Jefferson Hills Elementary by offering an open studio space in addition to mobile cameras that enabled video production to happen throughout the entire school. The equipment was additionally available for teachers to use in the classroom to record their teaching for blended or flipped instruction, allowing the video instruction to be accessed from home or at school.
Spotlight on the Community, Movies in the Park
$5,000 » Downtown Kittanning, Inc., 2008 Community Connections project support
Spotlight on the Community, Movies in the Park, a project of Downtown Kittanning, Inc., provided a free, fun filled activity for the local and neighboring communities. An inflatable movie screen was purchased to show family movies at different venues throughout the community.
Spring Hill First Month Festival
$1,050 » His Place Community Center, 2016 One Northside project support
Spring Hill First Month Festival, a project of His Place Community Center, was a back-to-school festival at PPS Spring Hill K-5 for families, students, teachers, and staff to build strong relationships at the start of the school year. The festival featured enrichment activity previews, healthy student habit support, food, and an overall celebration of community – school relations in Spring Hill.
Spring Hill Reading Celebration
$1,000 » His Place Community Center, 2017 One Northside project support
Spring Hill Reading Celebration, a project of His Place Community Center, celebrated reading with families at Spring Hill Elementary. Students received free books and were able to participate in book-related crafts and reading games. Parents received information about the importance of reading along with tips and games to encourage reading at home. Following the celebration, students were given the opportunity to earn more books throughout the school year by reading and completing book reports.
Spring Service Crawl
$3,000, 2009 Seed Award project support
Spring Service Crawl was a web-based community of young professionals, donors, and nonprofits where SponsorChange.org invited young professionals to serve in the community in exchange for student loan payments sponsored by donors. The Spring Service Crawl program engaged 30 young professionals in community service at various organizations in Pittsburgh. Participants received $20 per hour, up to a maximum of ten hours. SponsorChange.org tracked their community service and transferred payments directly to the participants’ student loan accounts upon completion of the Service Crawl.
“Squirrel Convergence” (2006)
Mary Tremonte, 2006 Community Murals mural
Large, swirling, iconic squirrels—the signature element of artist Mary Tremonte’s work—can be easily recognized in Squirrel Convergence, which adorns the side of a building that houses Elements and Julep, two locally owned boutiques. Amidst the swirling squirrels, Tremonte incorporates numerous postal stamps, each depicting a recognizable feature of Lawrenceville, including landmarks and other natural elements of the area. The postal stamps not only serve as an aesthetic addition to the lively composition, but also as a commemoration to the fact that the Lawrenceville zip-code was the first in Pittsburgh! This mural is part of a community initiative to beautify the Lawrenceville area by infusing the neighborhood with public art. Located down the street from Sprout’s 2004 mural, Wheeling Heliocentric Orrery, these Sprout funded murals join a concentration of other public murals, memorials, galleries, and a supportive art community.
The Squirrel Hill Kruzhok
$5,000, 2012 Seed Award project support
The Squirrel Hill Kruzhok was a creative film documentation of a work-group whose core participants were elderly members of Pittsburgh’s Soviet diaspora of the early 1990s.
$7,500 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Seed Award project support
Stackspace, a project of The Saxifrage School, was a community center for web developers where people could access learning resources, co-work with other developers and hold community programs. Not just for already-established coders and programmers, Stackspace was a place for interested future developers to learn as well, being mentored by expert programmers and, in turn, mentoring local youth interested in coding. Supported by a team of staff and students of The Saxifrage School’s ongoing Web Development training programs, the co-working space was focused on helping everyone, especially beginners, learn how to code.
$9,700 » League of Young Voters Education Fund, 2006 Seed Award project support
Stand Up!, a project of League of Young Voters Education Fund, was a nonpartisan voter education, registration, and mobilization project aimed at college students and other 18- to 40-year-olds living in Oakland, the Southside, and Beltzhoover as part of City Council District 3.
Standing Strong Together
$4,950 » Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, 2017 100 Days project support
Standing Strong Together, a project of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, equiped individuals with artmaking and engagement tools to advocate for reproductive rights.
Star Soap Public Art Project
$1,450, 2002 Seed Award project support
Star Soap Public Art Project renewed the landscape of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative corridor by repainting an advertisement, circa 1920, for Star Soap. The project beautified the neighborhood by uncovering, yet maintaining, a piece of its history in a colorful, attractive way.
Start Up Weekend EDU
$1,000 » UP Global, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship
Start Up Weekend EDU, an event hosted by UP Global, was a multi-day event where administrators, teachers, and students collaborated with entrepreneurs working on new ideas for ed-tech ventures. Educators in attendance also voted on which ventures received additional support.
$10,300 » Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, 2013 Hive project support
STARTup SOMETHING, a project of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, was a series of visits to local, technology-based start-up companies designed to teach resilience to youth facing adversity, to introduce them to the concept of entrepreneurship, and to expose them to emerging ideas and career paths in the technology sector. During each visit to companies and incubators like iTwixie, Thread International and Idea Foundry, the youth and their mentors shared in an interactive educational experience structured around the life-cycle stages of start-up companies.
Statewide Land Bank Summit Stipend
$500 » Northside Leadership Conference, 2016 One Northside conference stipend
Statewide Land Bank Summit Stipend, a project of Northside Leadership Conference, enabled Zeba Ahmed, Vacant Structures Coordinator at Northside Leadership Conference to attend the third annual Summit. The Summit was hosted by the Housing Alliance of PA, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Westmoreland County Land Bank. The conference enabled participants to network with peers, share information, learn about PA Land Bank successes, and receive two newly-released Blight Planning and Land Bank publications. Zeba’s participation in this summit helped the One Northside Vacant Structures Action Team prepare for the upcoming Pittsburgh Land Bank.
$7,825 » SPACE/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2005 Seed Award project support
Static Free, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and SPACE Gallery, was a four-component exhibition showcasing Pittsburgh artists and the Pittsburgh locale as an active component of the national and international street art scene. Static Free included an exhibition at SPACE Gallery of national and international artists; an outreach symposium consisting of films, lectures and performances; a public art project in partnership with Friends of the Riverfront; and a gallery exhibition at Future Tenant emphasizing non traditional arts in traditional spaces.
$2,500 » Urban Innovation 21, 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship
STEAM-abration, an event hosted by Citizen Science Lab at Urban Innovation 21, was a three-day community engagement event celebrating STEAM learning and generating interest in STEAM learning through fun, hands-on exhibits. The event occurred on August 20, 2016 at the Energy Innovation Center and attracted approximately 1,000 participants.
S.T.E.A.M. at Brentwood
$10,000 » Brentwood Borough School District, 2015 Hive project support
S.T.E.A.M. at Brentwood, a project of Brentwood Borough School District, was a comprehensive STEAM curriculum for youth in the school district. Using interdisciplinary project-based learning, engineering, communication, and art students worked together to do cross-curricular work. Projects included designing and creating bobble heads using 3D design software and then producing the designs with a kiln; creating toys to give to Toys for Tots; and designing jewelry using 3D printers and CNC machines for a design challenge video competition called the “Boca Bearing Innovation Competition”. Student projects were showcased at the annual “Art in the Park” at the Brentwood Civic Center.
$2,000 » Westmoreland County Federated Library System, 2014 Spark project support
STEAM-er Trunks, a project of Westmoreland County Federated Library System, were learning kits for circulation around the twenty-three public libraries that comprise the WCFLS. Each trunk had a STEAM theme—science, technology, engineering, art or math—and contained the items necessary to conduct a library program, presentation, craft or experiment. Like a miniature mobile STEAM learning lab, the STEAM-er Trunks came packaged with lesson plans, supplies and resources that expanded upon the topic, and were available to any of the WCFLS libraries for request to be delivered via the organization’s daily van service.
STEAM in the Valley
$1,000 » California University of Pennsylvania, 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship
STEAM in the Valley, an event hosted by California University of PA, was the first teacher education conference at Cal-U. The event focused on engaging University faculty, students, and community members in STEAM learning practices in classrooms, schools, and districts. Approximately 150 attendees attended on March 18, 2016.
$5,000 » Construction Junction, 2012 Seed Award project support
Steamrolled Pittsburgh, a project of Construction Junction, used a construction grade steamroller to print 4’x 8’ wood-cut prints comprised of 8 representations of Pittsburgh neighborhoods that are home to a branch of the Carnegie Library. A group of 8 artists were given the task of designing one of 8 different neighborhoods of Pittsburgh in a 2’x2’ wood block. When assembled, the 8 blocks came together to form a patchwork assemblage of the city in a 4’x8’ space. Prints were distributed to 8 separate library branches where each branch developed an engaging display that worked within the library’s space constraints and installation preferences. The live steamroller demonstration took place at Construction Junction’s annual Big Pour event.
Steel City BioFuels
$10,000 » Steel City BioFuels, 2005 Seed Award project support
Steel City BioFuels, a project of Steel City BioFuels, manufactured and distributed sustainable, clean, environmentally friendly biofuel made from recycled vegetable oil. The group also provided alternative fuel advocacy, education, and outreach.
Steel City Codefest 2015
$3,000 » URA of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship
Steel City Codefest 2015, an event hosted by URA of Pittsburgh, was a civic software app development competition that challenged coders and designers to create new apps in response to challenges by local nonprofits. Participants included coders & designers, youth participating in an affiliated activity, and public attendees.
Steel City Codefest 2016
$3,000 » URA of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship
Steel City Codefest 2016, an event hosted by the URA of Pittsburgh, brought together coders, designers, and innovation enthusiasts to create apps for local government and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, a youth event called Codefest Jr. created opportunities for young people to participate in digital innovation. The events took place at Nova Place on the Northside and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Oakland.
Steel City Folk School Pop-up
$1,000 » Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, 2015 Grand Ideas project support
Steel City Folk School Pop-up, a project of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, brought a folk school ethos to Pittsburgh using a pop-up adult folk school model, focusing on 2 traditions: craft and social justice. The project was a demonstration day event on the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s campus featuring example classes, activities for children so parents could attend, a communal meal, evaluation, and a concluding celebration.
Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team
$2,400, 2003 Seed Award project support
Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team brought a unique blend of culture and spectacle to Pittsburgh. The project shed new light on an ancient art form, a dance originally performed to scare away malevolent spirits and to bring good luck to the performance location and those present.
STEM Think Tank Conference & PAECT Student Technology Showcase
$2,234 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend
STEM Think Tank Conference & PAECT Student Technology Showcase, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Theresa Richards, the FIRST Robotics Program Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, to participate in the STEM Think Tank Conference in Nashville, TN from July 16-18, 2014. The annual STEM Think Tank Conference was aimed at educators who work with girls in the K-12 levels, and focused on “The STEM Connection—Developing Skills, Creating Relationships.” Theresa took part in workshops, think tank meetings and lectures, representing and promoting the Kids+Creativity Network through personal communication and social media.
STEMcon Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Blue Marble Space, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend
STEMcon Conference Stipend, a project of Blue Marble Space, enabled Amanda Joy, Co-founder and Director of Education at The Wrinkled Brain Project, to attend the 3rd Annual STEM Conference on April 8, 2016 in Cleveland, OH. STEMcon enabled STEM educators from across the country to draw upon established best practices and the latest lessons learned from experts in implementing and carrying out successful STEM programs in K-12 schools across the nation. Attendees left with a toolkit full of new and tested strategies for offering better and more innovative STEM education in their own schools. Amanda presented on The Wrinkled Brain Project’s work in partnership with ASSET that was supported through the Ed-Tech Refinery on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.
$1,000 » South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, 2015 Grand Ideas project support
Stepping Stanzas, a pilot project fiscally sponsored by South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, was a performance arts series intended that promoted the use of Pittsburgh’s public steps and celebrated the city’s rich heritage, diversity, and distinctive geography. Steppin’ Stanzas events took place on city steps to offer a new way for residents to experience the landscape of their neighborhood. The launch event was in association with South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s Annual Step Trek, where the Steppin’ Stanzas co-founders/resident artists Paola Corso and Andrew Edwards along with several guest artists presented short works on South Side city steps throughout the event.
Steps in Flux
$1,000 » Brigette Davitt, 2017 One Northside project support
Steps in Flux, a project led by Brigette Davitt, transformed the Fineview-Briggs Avenue steps into a visual experience through color, shape, and typography. Using forced perspective, the steps were painted to create a typographic puzzle that is simultaneously visible as an abstract mural. Additionally, solar lighting was used to make the steps safer at night and the adjacent picnic area cleaned up, with native plants used to landscape the area surrounding the steps.
Steps in Motion: A Northside Animation
$1,050 » Catherine Drabkin, 2016 One Northside project support
Steps in Motion: A Northside Animation, a project led by Catherine Drabkin, highlighted a neglected urban green space that connected Central Northside and Perry Hilltop. Members of the community joined together to clean up and paint the Arch Street Extension steps. The project activities were then used as the focus of a short stop frame animation of the green way that encouraged the community to work together to beautify their surroundings and improve quality of life across the Northside.
Still Speaking: Oral History and Spoken Word Theatre
$7,000 » The Pittsburgh Project, 2007 Seed Award project support
Still Speaking: Oral History and Spoken Word Theatre, a project of The Pittsburgh Project, introduced spoken word and performance poetry as powerful tools for passing on an oral history. This series of workshops and performances gave voice to Pittsburgh’s young urban residents and deepened their understanding of language and storytelling.
Story Box Project
$7,600, 2009 Spark project support
Story Box Project, a project of SLB Radio Productions, was an interactive, electronic storytelling device that used emerging audio and photography technologies to capture and share authentic voices of children storytellers while teaching children media literacy. More than 100 Storyboxes were placed in public spaces, schools, museums, and community centers in Allegheny County.
Street with a View
$2,620, 2008 Seed Award project support
Street with a View was a collaboration between artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley, and the Google Inc. Street View team. The artists staged a series of freeze-frame scenarios on Sampsonia Way, in the North Side, and Google technicians captured images of the street with the tableaux in place. The images were uploaded and integrated into the web-based Street View mapping platform.
“The Strip Mural” (2010)
Carley Parrish & Shannon Pultz, 2010 Community Murals mural
Neighbors in the Strip, a community group that Sprout has often partnered with in the past, brought an enormous wall centrally located in the heart of the Strip’s business shopping district to the Public Art Program’s 2010 season. The design prepared by artists Carley Parrish and Shannon Pultz pays homage to artist Romare Bearden’s collage style, and captures the energy, history, and vitality of one of Pittsburgh’s oldest, most classic neighborhoods. The viewer can almost hear the sounds and smell the smells of the Strip on a Saturday morning when looking at this image. A number of the Strip District’s recognizable figures also appear in the mural, including Joe Hermanowski, owner of the wall and a popular retailer of Pittsburgh merchandise—including the iconic Terrible Towel—and Jules Troiani, a well-known Strip District entrepreneur.
Student Philanthropy Project
$5,000, 2008 Community Connections project support
Student Philanthropy Project, a project of Grove City College, taught the virtues of charity and citizenship in tangible ways by providing resources to faculty to integrate a philanthropy component into courses across academic disciplines. Enrolled students in certain courses learned about philanthropy and determined the objective of their community investment strategy and the method for identifying and communicating with potential recipients, thereby establishing a perpetual program for charitable giving.
$7,785 » Underground Action Alliance, 2004 Seed Award project support
Students, a project of Underground Action Alliance, was a series of workshops that strengthened the connection between democracy and protest by educating Pittsburgh area students and residents about their constitutional rights and various tools for social change. The program informed and empowered a diverse population of young people in Pittsburgh.
Students for a Younger Pittsburgh
$6,600, 2003 Seed Award project support
Students for a Younger Pittsburgh worked with student organizations at each local college, connecting area leaders and organizations to campuses in the community to recruit and retain young talent in Pittsburgh.
$7,000 » Red Tape Productions, 2003 Seed Award project support
Students Uncensored, a project of Red Tape Productions, was an all-evening music festival intended to create awareness of issues in the lives of young people, to empower young voters, and to encourage and feed youth culture. The concert featured Afrika Bambaataa, a deejay recognized for fighting gang violence in the 1970s and giving minorities a positive outlet through Universal Zulu Nation, one of the earliest hip-hop crews dedicated to social change.
Study of Urban Wildlife Using Streaming Video
$10,000, 2012 Spark project support
Study of Urban Wildlife Using Streaming Video furthered the understanding and appreciation of life sciences and ecological stewardship in school children. Through the development of a new Chimney Swift tower at Shaler Area High School, streaming video technology and integrated informational panels and QR codes led users to a web landing page. The tower was installed by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania to attract Chimney Swifts that then occupied the tower, built nests, and ultimately raised their young. District instructors use the streaming video to enhance studies of life sciences and ecological stewardship with their students.
SugarCreek Community Days
$5,000 » St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 2008 Community Connections project support
SugarCreek Community Days, a project of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, promoted the important ideals of family, religious heritage, and community awareness, and celebrated patriotic pride as they showcased citizens and veterans both past and present. The one day celebration included various events to promote appreciation of the most valuable resource— citizens.
Summer Concert Series
$3,300 » The Union Project, 2002 Seed Award project support
Summer Concert Series, a project of The Union Project, provided a meeting ground for artists, community builders and people of faith in the East End through its inaugural Summer Concert Series. The events united the community through music, food, and fellowship.
“Summer Harvest Goddess” (2008)
Carolyn Kelly, 2008 Community Murals mural
Carolyn Kelly’s Summer Harvest Goddess exemplifies a very site specific Sprout Public Art mural, in that Kelly and the South Side Local Development Company wanted to have a mural that referenced the weekly farmer’s market that runs in the summers in the area adjacent to the wall. Carolyn chose the classic image of a woman holding a cornucopia as the mural’s central figure, showing the bountiful harvest of produce available at the farmer’s market. She also snuck in a few Pittsburgh references, like a dinosaur and a Steelers scarf, to localize the image. The mural reflects the style of Kelly’s personal illustration work, but achieving this required some inventiveness on her part. She wasn’t able to get the precise stroke that she wanted from a normal paintbrush, and decided to dip an ear of corn from the farmer’s market into her bucket of paint to create a more graceful line! Kelly’s striking color choices and signature illustrative style can also be seen in her 2009 Sprout mural in Troy Hill.
Summer Hill Entrance Sign
$1,000 » Summer Hill Citizens, 2017 One Northside project support
Summer Hill Entrance Sign, a project of Summer Hill Citizens, brought together residents to create a welcome sign for the neighborhood. A local mosaic artist designed the sign and lead two workshops to teach residents how to make and glaze mosaic tiles. The community also assisted with the assembly of the mosaic and maintained the site where it was installed, which is highly visible to not only residents but also commuters passing by the neighborhood entrance.
Summer Innovation Camps
$4,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2014 Spark project support
Summer Innovation Camps, a project of Elizabeth Forward School District, welcomed young students in southern Allegheny, Fayette, Westmoreland, Washington Counties to experience the school district’s Dream Factory maker lab free of charge. Nine different innovation camps ran throughout the summer, each focusing on a different topic, from App Building to Scratch to Robotics to Digital Storytelling. Helping to provide much needed summer programming in the south of Pittsburgh, Summer Innovation Camps brought all of the learning of The Dream Factory to the rest of the region.
Summer S.T.E.A.M. Projects
$15,000 » Homewood Children's Village, 2015 Hive project support
Summer S.T.E.A.M. Projects, a project of Homewood Children’s Village, was a 7-week pilot summer program for 9-12th grade students that used human centered design sciences & project-based learning. Student leaders guided their teams through five unique S.T.E.A.M. projects that utilized their community of Homewood as a learning tool, using the idea that youth can be part of the solution to the challenges facing their community as a core principle behind the program. The final projects were presented at the End of Summer Celebration.
Summer Youth Programming Survey
$12,650 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2016 Remake Learning research
Summer Youth Programming Survey, a research project of Carnegie Mellon University, gained insight on student demographics and participation data as well as interest, agency, and pathway indicators in summer programs at 16 Remake Learning Network sites during the summer of 2016. The project sought to understand the geographic reach and socio-economic makeup of these programs, as well as document youth interests in science, art, and technology, query their perceived agency and competency beliefs during program experiences, and ascertain whether youth felt they had opportunities to engage in creative, production-oriented activities.
Summit Series Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
Summit Series Conference Stipend, a project of Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, enabled Anna Ly, Senior Manager of Business and Creative Ventures for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, to participate in Summit Series in Miami, Florida and help curate sessions and workshops on the topic of advancing children’s learning through digital media on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The Summit Series was Summit’s flagship event that united the leaders of today and tomorrow through environments and events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth. The invitation only series set the stage for a collection of entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, artists, scientists, athletes, and other change makers to spawn new business ideas, tackle global issues, and in turn, make our world a better place.
A Summit to Put Research to Work Conference Stipend
$700 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
A Summit to Put Research to Work Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Marti Louw, Director at Carnegie Mellon University’s Learning Media Design Center, to attend and participate in Digital Promise’s Summit to Put Research to Work in Redwood City, CA from June 15-16, 2015. The conference was comprised of educational researchers, educators, and other practitioners working to decrease the gap between research and practice. Marti represented the interests of Pittsburgh’s research community as they pertained to the Remake Learning Network at the Summit.
Summit to Reconnect Learning Stipend
$1,500 » University of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend
Summit to Reconnect Learning Stipend, a project of University of Pittsburgh, enabled Tom Akiva, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, to attend the Summit to Reconnect Learning in Redwood City, CA from February 12-13, 2014. The Summit to Reconnect Learning brought together the brightest minds in the Connected Learning world to build a shared vision for Open Badges. Tom attended the summit to take part in the conversations about badge-based learning and to represent Hive Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network.
The Sunday Gravy Show
$6,000 » Calliope The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, 2013 Seed Award project support
The Sunday Gravy Show, a project of Calliope and The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, was a concert series set in different homes in different neighborhoods around Pittsburgh, where the barriers between artist and audience could be broken down in intimate, hospitable settings. The concert series, hosted by Wammo (formerly of the Asylum Street Spankers), featured both national and local folk acts, providing an opportunity for people of all ages to experience music in their own homes while also showcasing Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to performers from all over. Beyond just a performance, this intimate setting allowed for a conversation with the musicians, with each night also featuring interviews and trivia led by Wammo, making each concert in the series so much more than just another show.
SUPER•BALL Family Day
$500 » Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, 2014 Spark sponsorship
SUPER•BALL Family Day, a project of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, gave children and their families an opportunity to engage in art-making and learning around the history and design of the famed Wham-O SuperBall®. Part of The Mine Factory’s SUPER•BALL exhibition, the Family Day outreach event invited participants to make, play and learn—building kinetic sculptures, researching and creating specimen boxes, playing themed games—all inspired by the exhibition and its focus on the unique aesthetic, dynamic and historical significance of the SuperBall®.
Support Mass Transit Bumper Stickers
$1,000 » Kate Trimble, 2003 Grand Ideas project support
Support Mass Transit Bumper Stickers responded to the reduced funding to Port Authority and its first service cuts. The project distributed thousands of Support Mass Transit Bumper Stickers to call attention to the essential services provided by Port Authority and the threats to its sustainability.
Sure Foundation Community Center Car Ministry
$5,000 » Central Community Church, 2008 Community Connections project support
Sure Foundation Community Center Car Ministry, a project of Central Community Church in Transfer, PA, helped low-income and working-poor families maintain their vehicle by performing oil changes, brake and muffler repairs, and vehicle tune-ups, at no cost. This ministry addressed the transportation needs of a rural community with the help of skilled, dedicated volunteers with a desire to help their neighbors meet their transportation needs. Hands-on vehicle maintenance classes were additionally offered, covering topics such as checking fluid levels, oil changes, and changing tires.
$3,000 » The Church Institute, 2011 Seed Award project support
Sustainable.Clean.Water, a project of The Church Institute, increased awareness of, and public activity in, water conservation through the construction and programming of a Rain Water Harvesting system. The project included three activities: (1) public workshops on what is currently being done at the Church Institute, its long term goals, and the implementation of the Water Harvesting project, (2) documenting the construction of the Water Harvesting project, and (3) a closing walk-through (video tour) of the project with a public presentation coinciding with the Art Blast on the Mon festival on Labor Day Weekend in Greensboro.
$10,000 » Amizade Global Service-Learning, 2014 Seed Award project support
Switchboard Stories, a project of Amizade Global Service-Learning, responded to the demand for storytelling within the community of practice associated with global engagement. Beginning in January 2015, the project collected and promoted a core set of 20 stories, 10 of which focused on members of The Global Switchboard and 10 of which highlighted Sprout-supported Global Switchboard Community of Practice projects. The stories were evidence that the Switchboard was more than a co-working space, and helped to demonstrate the Switchboard’s preparedness for collective action. Through the collection of stories Amizade raised the visibility of their work, garnered greater support, and equipped their community of practice with a body of evidence of their collective impact.
SWPA BotsIQ Finals Competition
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, 2014 Hive sponsorship
The Southwestern PA BotsIQ Finals Competition, a project of Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, was the culmination of the annual Pittsburgh regional BotsIQ battle robot competition for high school students. The 9th annual competition took place at California University of Pennsylvania with an audience of approximately 1,500 people, including students, family, friends, fans and representatives from local industry and post-secondary institutions.
SXSWedu 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Jane Werner, Executive Director, and Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research, of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to present at SXSWedu 2014 in Austin, TX from March 5-6, 2014. SXSWedu was an annual conference that brought together some of education’s most energetic and innovative leaders to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn. At the conference, Lisa worked with Sprout Fund Program Officer, Dustin Stiver, to present a session entitled “Making and Learning: Put Your Hands Together,” while Jane was a featured panelist discussing children’s museums and their role in the community.
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, enabled Tresa Varner, Education Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Duquesne University, enabled Jordan Mroziak, Adjunct Professor of Musicianship and Coordinator of Student Services at the Duquesne University School of Music, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities. This grant dovetailed with a previous conference stipend that was awarded to Mroziak in 2014. His trajectory from project manager to two-time conference presenter was a good illustration of how network members could utilize multiple Sprout funding mechanisms to advance the work of the Remake Learning Network.
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Avonworth School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Avonworth School District, enabled Kenneth Lockette, High School Principal for Avonworth School District, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Mattress Factory, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Mattress Factory, enabled Felice Cleveland, Director of Education at the Mattress Factory, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Pittsburgh Glass Center, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Pittsburgh Glass Center, enabled Heather McElwee, Executive Director at Pittsburgh Glass Center, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.
SXSWedu 2016 Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Lisa Palmieri, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2016 Conference Stipend enabled Lisa Palmieri to attend SXSWedu from March 7-10, 2016 in Austin, TX. The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fostered innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event gave registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities in order to promote creativity and social change. Lisa presented on the panel Culture by Design on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.
SXSWedu 2016 Conference Stipend
$1,300 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend
SXSWedu 2016 Conference Stipend, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Teresa DeFlitch, Learning Strategist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, to attend SXSWedu from March 7-10, 2016 in Austin, TX. The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fostered innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event gave registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities in order to promote creativity and social change. Teresa presented on the panel Leveling the Maker Playing Field on behalf of the Remake Learning Network.
$6,250 » Thank You, Felix productions, 2005 Seed Award project support
SYLVIA, a project of Thank You, Felix! Productions and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, was a play about a dog that helped build a broader network of pet adoption awareness.