Funded Projects beginning with T
Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity
$20,000, 2010 Spring project support
Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity, a project of Carnegie Science Center, developed a traveling assembly presentation to lead elementary school children on an exploration of Earth’s biomes. Students learned how to classify plants and animals, examine water quality, collect and organize data in field guides, and note change over time due to human impact.
Take A Letter
$5,000 » New Hazlett Theater, 2007 Seed Award project support
Take A Letter, a project of New Hazlett Theater, presented a new performance work that integrated the language, techniques, and sensibilities of theater into performance art and experimental film. The performance, Y Knows Y, was part of an experimental series of projects incubated by the New Hazlett Theatre that blended disciplines and encouraged artists to reach their next level of accomplishment.
Take A Shot Awards
$500 » Steeltown Entertainment, 2015 Hive sponsorship
Take A Shot Awards, a project of Steeltown Entertainment, celebrated the work of middle and high school student filmmakers with a festival screening of winning student films at the Loews Waterfront Cinemas on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The event encouraged middle and high school students to create digital media that matters with the theme “People, Places, and Things past and present who have had a positive impact on S.T.E.A.M.”
Take Me Out
$10,000 » barebones productions, 2008 Seed Award project support
Take Me Out, a project of barebones productions, was a Tony Award winning play that examined issues of race, sexual identity, and cultural icons in the context of Major League Baseball. Barebones productions partnered with the Three Rivers Arts Festival to produce the play in a large downtown building on 7th Avenue.
$10,000, 2012 Spark project support
Take p-ART offered digital storytelling workshops that engaged youth to facilitate the creation of digital media art pieces. These art pieces related their particular perspective on important issues in their community ranging from the environment to bullying, school change to inspiring adults. Making use of various mobile technologies, youth-created movies and images critiqued existing news stories from major/ local news sources in an effort to increase traditional print and digital media literacy. These critiques, investigated topics such as authorship, purpose, content, and credibility, flowed from best practices and guidelines established in literature provided by The Center For Media Literacy and also The National Association for Media Literacy Education. Completed individual stories were displayed prominently as part of standing digital exhibits at the local library. Beyond the digital artifact created, youth were also invited to return to their respective libraries in order to, along with supervising adults, guardians, and members of the team, disseminate physical artifacts (buttons, posters, flyers) to local establishments to further the civic causes chosen by participating youth. These sessions provided valuable reflective insights for each participant while amplifying digital social capital in the Pittsburgh area, invigorating community organizations to take further action.
Tanoma Abandoned Mine Drainage Wetlands Educational Trail
$4,680 » Evergreen Conservancy, 2008 Community Connections project support
Tanoma Abandoned Mine Drainage Wetlands Educational Trail, a project of Evergreen Conservancy, build an educational trail at the Tanoma Wetlands, a 10 acre Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) passive treatment system located in Indiana County. The trail follows the water from where it enters the ponds to the site where it enters Crooked Creek. Signage was used to describe the historical impact of coal mining while simultaneously demonstrating the process by which the treatment system effectively revitalizes our waters. This Trail transformed the Tanoma Wetlands into an engaging destination for community learning and a centerpiece for Evergreen Conservancy.
Tanoma AMD Wetlands Environmental Education
$5,000, 2010 Spring project support
Tanoma AMD Wetlands Environmental Education, a project of Evergreen Conservancy, delivered educational programming at the Tanoma Abandoned Mine Drainage Wetlands site near Indiana, PA. The programming covered environmental remediation, alternative energy production, and local natural resource conservation efforts.
Tea on Me
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support
Tea on Me, a project led by LaToya Williams, launched a series of informal gatherings for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to meet, exchange ideas, share knowledge, and tell their stories through podcasts and blog posts. Tea on Me showcased regional small business owners using podcasts and blogging in order to help expand the brands to a wider audience. The project aimed to keep dollars local while highlighting the talent and services of native Northsiders and connecting them with successful entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the city.
Teach a Robot to See
$15,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Spark project support
Teach a Robot to See, a project of the Personal Robotics Lab and Cyert Center for Early Education at Carnegie Mellon University, was an educational experience for young children where they taught a computer to recognize specific, familiar objects. The computer, attached to an interactive media sculpture, learned how to “see” through visual object recognition, giving children an opportunity to exercise their own problem-solving skills to make the robot sculpture respond to the objects. This pilot project was housed at CMU’s Cyert Center, with resulting software and hardware systems documented and made available as an open-source project for other early education centers and learning spaces to use.
Teach to Lead Summit Conference Stipend
$1,200 » Environmental Charter School, 2016 Remake Learning conference stipend
Teach to Lead Summit Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Ashley Capps, Nicholas Tutolo, Michelle King, and Nick Kaczmarek from Environmental Charter School to attend the 2016 Summit on April 22-24, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. During the summit the team worked alongside other teacher leaders from across the country to share ideas, identify best practices, and learn from educators that had successfully implemented teacher leadership projects. The Environmental Charter School team worked on developing a teacher leadership program that fostered self-awareness, empathy, and systems thinking.
Tech Solutions for Greener Living
$8,000 » TechShop Pittsburgh, 2016 Rec2Tech project support
Tech Solutions for Greener Living, a project of TechShop Pittsburgh, promoted community health through maker-based learning during Rec2Tech Demo Week. Using creative design and engineering techniques, students tackled hands-on challenges geared toward gardening in urban spaces while collaborating on versatile projects that accommodate various ages and skill levels. Students identified issues of city living, then brainstormed, prototyped, and created solutions to problems of urban communities—such as air quality and food deserts—while beautifying the spaces they loved. The project’s space transformation involved creating workstations, group work space, two project hubs, a lounge area/conference space, and a Research and Design Hub.
$15,000 » Schenley Heights Community Development Program, 2015 Spark project support
Tech Time, a project of Schenley Heights Community Development Program, was an out-of-school robotics and engineering program for children ages 3-8, providing immersive and affordable STEM learning at an early age to underserved students in Pittsburgh. The program took place five days a week for three hours each day and was structured in units that covered topics such as Intro to Robotics, Robots and Sensing, Properties and Characteristics, Cause and Effect, Engineering, and Computational Thinking.
$12,000 » YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Homewood-Brushton), 2015 Hive project support
TechnoGear, a project of YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Homewood-Brushton), consisted of an 8-week discovery program during April-June 2015 followed by informal, independent exploration. The project exposed youth to both design and STEM learning through sewing, fashion, circuitry, and programming lessons. TechnoGear used technology to create digital idea boards, sketch out ideas in a sketchbook app, document the process with photographs and videos, and share project results across social media. The project concluded with a showcase to share the projects with the community.
TEDx Baldwin High School
$500 » Baldwin-Whitehall School District, 2015 Hive sponsorship
TEDx Baldwin High School, a project of Baldwin-Whitehall School District, featured talks by 10 students, 5 teachers, 2 administrators, and 2 distinguished alumni all speaking on the theme of connectivity. The conference covered topics from physics becoming incomprehensible and the genomics revolution, to that of privacy matters more than transparency associated with this field.
$1,000 » The Ellis School, 2014 Hive sponsorship
[email protected], a project of The Ellis School, was an independent, youth-oriented TEDx conference that empowered young people to speak on important world issues. Speakers discussed problems and challenges facing the Millennial generation, and the event then included break-out sessions for youth to design solutions.
Teen Art Cooperative
$10,000 » Mattress Factory, 2015 Hive project support
Teen Art Cooperative, a project of Mattress Factory, was an immersive arts experience for students in grades 9-12. The program focused on collaboration, creative practice, and exploration of career opportunities that utilize creative thinking. Activities took place on a weekly basis after school at the Mattress Factory and included installing art, making curatorial decisions, and planning events through a mixture of workshops, discussions, and skill-shares. Field trips to cultural hot spots in the community were also incorporated throughout the program to expose the students to other resources and make connections to neighboring institutions, artists, and creatives.
Teens as Teachers
$1,000 » Assemble, 2014 Hive project support
Teens as Teachers, a project of Assemble, was a series of workshops that invited students to become teachers and mentors in their own schools and communities. The six weekly workshops helped students develop leadership and technical skills that could be passed on through programs that the students designed themselves, using their own interests in digital media, programming, and technology as a starting point. A professional development course for pre-professionals, Teens as Teachers gave students a chance not only to decide what to learn—but how to teach it as well.
$5,000 » Community Counseling Center of Mercer County, 2008 Community Connections project support
Telepsychiatry Program, a project of Community Counseling Center of Mercer County, implemented a Telepsychiatry Program at its Hermitage Office location. This innovative technological program connected rural Mercer County mental health/substance abuse clients to the specialized expertise of psychiatrists including child and adolescent psychiatrists at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Clients were able to obtain Psychiatric Evaluations as well as ongoing pharmacologic management services, with grant support covering initial videoconferencing equipment expenses. The Telepsychiatry Program allowed clients to receive psychiatric services from psychiatrists at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic without having to travel beyond Mercer County.
$3,500 » The Times Project, 2002 Seed Award project support
Televised Distance, a project of The Times Project, was an installation that utilized conference call and digital imaging technology to create a three-dimensional, holographic rendering of the sights and sounds captured live on a busy Pittsburgh street.
Tennis Courts Renovation
$5,000, 2008 Community Connections project support
Tennis Courts Renovation was a part of a complete overhaul of the Meyersdale school district’s sports facilities. The Meyersdale Area School District maintains public exercise, recreation, and sports facilities for use by students and community members in the district. As a community center, the improvements supported health and socialization, two key features to a thriving community.
$8,000, 2008 Seed Award project support
Testify was a multidisciplinary, multimedia performance work created and performed by artist Vanessa German. Combining theater, sculpture, photography, spoken word, music, dance, and film, Testify explored themes of violence through the lens of victims and perpetrators. Street performances, small vignettes, workshops, and talkbacks enriched community engagement in the project.
Thankful Little Elves Holiday Gift Shoppe
$1,050 » Providence Connections, 2016 One Northside project support
Thankful Little Elves Holiday Gift Shoppe, a project of Providence Connections, taught children the art of thankfulness while also exploring beginning math skills at Providence Family Support’s annual holiday brunch. During the event, children gained better knowledge on how to use money and make change by using play money to buy small gifts for people that were important to them. They then wrote thank you notes to go along with the gifts.
$5,000 » Primary Care Health Services, Inc., 2017 100 Days project support
That’s Us, a project of Primary Care Health Services, enfranchised Allegheny County residents by establishing a network of grassroots change agents.
Theatre Festival in Black & White
$5,000 » Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 2003 Seed Award project support
Theatre Festival in Black & White, a project of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, showcased the plays of eight young playwrights, four African American and four Caucasian. To encourage an appreciation and understanding of different cultural perspectives, the plays by African American playwrights were directed by Caucasian directors, and the plays by Caucasian playwrights were directed by African American directors.
Think Outside the Box Box
$8,750, 2012 Spark project support
Think Outside the Box Box was a tool for educators and child care providers to create opportunities for creative play during recess, daycare playtime, or anytime. Think Outside the Box Boxes (TOBBs) were placed in play areas and supplied with a variety of safe and durable scrap materials collected by the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Children re-imagined their world using these reclaimed loose parts, learning and practicing skills in art, creativity, engineering, problem solving, and socializing through play.
“The Thinker” Giant Inflatable
$1,500 » Daniel Franke, 2006 Giant Inflatables honorarium
Daniel Franke created “The Thinker” as part of the Pittsburgh Roars Giant Inflatable Art Project. His design was 1 of 10 selected for full-scale reproduction as a giant inflatables, which were sited at locations across the Pittsburgh region as part of the year-long coordinated marketing campaign.
This Day in Pittsburgh History
$5,000 » Cornell School District, 2013 Hive project support
This Day in Pittsburgh History, a project of Cornell School District, connected students with regional resources and supported the development and creation of 180 short documentaries that described key historical events in the region to build connections between Pittsburgh’s and the world’s events. Through field trips and other first-hand information gathering, students worked in teams and in collaboration with museums, archives, libraries, and individuals to research and select key events and identify primary source documents and images to be used in the mini documentaries. Students then developed scripts, shot, and edited their own footage.
This is Who I Am
$3,500 » Windgap-Chartiers Athletic Association, 2008 Seed Award project support
This is Who I Am, a project of Windgap-Chartiers Athletic Association, was a talent show that bridged the gaps between young adults and older generations in Pittsburgh by showing an interest in the skills and hobbies of each group. The project reconnected the community and gave young adults and older generations a chance to be heard and seen in a positive, respectful manner.
“Thoughts on a Blue Sky” (2009)
John Pena & Brian Brown, 2009 Community Murals mural
The Lawrenceville Public Art Committee was an interesting group for Sprout Public Art to work with, in that the many artists and studios located in the neighborhood generated a great deal of community energy around art. With this project, they hoped to find their footing as a group and take on other local art initiatives. Artist John Pena’s design concept for this project invites the viewer into the composition—his hope being that people will stand in front of their mural to have their portraits taken. The thought balloons in the mural will become the thoughts of the person posing for the portrait, and as these balloons gradually turn into clouds, the mural merges with the actual sky behind it. Through this process, the person’s ideas can become a part of the sky itself. Pena intended the “Fig. 1.3.” text to mean whatever the viewer wants it to mean, giving his audience freedom of interpretation. Now, an unintended surprise of this project is that there are often cars parked in the vicinity of the mural. This makes it look as if the cars themselves are thinking, and opens up an entirely new world of possibility for viewers!
The Three Day Blow
$1,000 » City of Asylum, 2016 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship
The Three Day Blow, an event of City of Asylum, was a celebration of food, cooking, and cultural exchange occurring August 25-27, 2016 at multiple venues across Pittsburgh and featuring keynote sessions with nationally renowned chefs Bryant Terry and Michael Solomonov. Sprout sponsorship focused on a session about Rust Belt cuisine featuring local chefs and food writers.
Three Rivers Bike Racks
$9,000 » Bike Pittsburgh, 2003 Seed Award project support
Public Art Bike Racks, a project of Bike Pittsburgh, worked to address the dearth of amenities for cyclists in the city. Through the project, Bike Pittsburgh installed artistically designed bike racks in highly visible, commercial areas.
Three Rivers Community Art Gallery
$10,000 » Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 2007 Seed Award project support
Three Rivers Community Art Gallery, a project of Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was a rotating public art venue along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Yearly installations at several sites along the trails increased the awareness, engagement, and stewardship of Pittsburgh’s thriving riverfront trail system.
Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC)
$1,000 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2013 Remake Learning sponsorship
Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC), a project of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was a two-day event featuring talks by Andrew Slack, executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance; Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education; a vendor reception; and three concurrent sessions focusing on a variety of emerging trends and issues in teaching and learning. TRETC 2013 took place on November 19th and 20th at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Cranberry Township.
Times Tabloid for Beaver County Historical Organizations
$5,000 » Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation, 2008 Community Connections project support
Times Tabloid for Beaver County Historical Organizations, a project of Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation, partnered with the county’s historical sites, organizations and societies to produce a tabloid for insertion into the Beaver County Times. This tabloid provided information for visitors as to the availability, activities and resources that are accessible to them. A small passport booklet containing vital information of these organizations was printed in conjunction with the tabloid and distributed to the public at participating locations.
$15,000 » The Ellis School, 2014 Hive project support
Tinker Squads, a project of The Ellis School, introduced girls in the Pittsburgh region to the human-centered design process through hands-on prototyping and tinkering. With squads centered at Assemble, CLP-Brookline and the Frick Environmental Charter School, as well as The Ellis School, students explored the issues in their communities and created solutions using switches, Origami, textiles and materials kits from Invent-abling. The Squads also convened for Tinker Meets, where they shared the projects they’d been working on with their fellow Tinker Squads and the broader public, meeting other makers in the community and earning digital badges.
Tiny Retail! Alpha Project
$1,000 » Hill Community Development Corporation, 2015 Grand Ideas project support
Tiny Retail! Alpha Project, a project of Hill Community Development Corporation, built small-scale, transient structures in emerging retail spaces on vacant lots along Centre Avenue in the Hill District to test the most efficient response to stabilizing the commercial landscape of the Hill’s small business, developing business, and start-up business community. Similar to Tiny Houses, this project was a design-build-barter initiative by the Hill Community Development Corporation to test scale and feasibility of their development plans.
$8,905 » PA CleanWays of Allegheny County, 2004 Seed Award project support
Tireless Fridays, a project of PA CleanWays of Allegheny County, encouraged all Pittsburghers to take part in the fate of the city’s rivers by bringing together a community of concerned residents to help clean up some of the most neglected and abused riversides. Designed to create awareness among Pittsburgh’s young professional population about illegal dumping and littering, Tireless Fridays organized after-work volunteer opportunities throughout the summer to clean up illegal dumpsites within or near the city center.
$1,050 » Church of Our Saviour, 2016 One Northside project support
ToolKeeper Neighbors, a project of UM Church of Our Savior, worked to create and circulate six bike repair kits throughout the Northview Heights community. The kits were distributed to ToolKeeper Neighbors – an individual or family willing to help neighborhood children fix bikes with an emphasis on helping the children learn how to do it themselves. Children in the community that needed bicycle repairs could then be directed to the ToolKeeper Neighbors, where they could borrow repair tools, get assistance, and contribute their assistance to help others. This approach provided flexibility according to the schedules and needs of the local youth while also providing adults and children with a sense that they are contributing to their diverse community.
$6,000, 2013 Seed Award project support
Touch Art, a project of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, was a program to open art-making to the traditionally underserved audience of blind or visually impaired individuals. The program’s six workshops focused on tactile and three-dimensional art forms such as making memory vessels from fiber, hollow beads from precious metal clay, hand-building clay sound sculptures, and handmade paper. The program doubled as an educational opportunity for local artist-teacher interested in studio-specific accessibility training, but ultimately focused on expanding the perceptions of art viewers about the aesthetics and capabilities of artists who are blind or visually impaired.
Touchstone’s Mountain Crafts Festival Weekend
$5,000 » Touchstone Center for Crafts, 2008 Community Connections project support
Touchstone’s Mountain Crafts Festival Weekend, a project of Touchstone Center for Crafts, was a celebration of the arts for the citizens of Fayette County and the surrounding tri-State region. Visitors of all ages could participate in the hands-on studio projects, creating their own works of art to take home. Participants were also invited to try out traditional crafts in the various studios around the campus: build a pot in the Ceramics Studio, forge a nail in the Blacksmith Studio, learn traditional metalsmithing techniques in the Metals/Jewelry Studio, manipulate glass in the Glass Studio or express themselves in the Painting Studio. Fiddlers and cloggers provided entertainment and an opportunity for participation in music and dance. A pumpkin- carving contest was open to all age groups, with the whole family invited to participate. The traditional buckwheat cake dinner was also featured. This event was an opportunity for people to return to their historic roots and experience a variety of traditions. Together with other Pittsburgh 250 events, Touchstone’s Pioneer Craft Days provided an educational and inspirational experience for young and old, steeped in the traditions of our forefathers.
$4,803, 2004 Seed Award project support
Trade River maintained a continually updated list of Pittsburgh businesses working to improve the city by means of nonprofit contribution, environmental responsibility, diversity, living wages, mass transit promotion, cooperative activities, and union friendliness. The website (TradeRiver.net) helped consumers find businesses they might like to support and promoted the local economy.
Trail Town Public Art Project
$5,000 » Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, 2008 Community Connections project support
Trail Town Public Art Project, a project of Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, partnered with The Progress Fund to use the unique natural cultural and historical context of the region to introduce public art, creating vibrant and attractive connections between the trail and the City. The public art project reflected the unique qualities of the community, offering yet another authentic experience for trail users and enhancing the experience for both visitors and residents by improving the gateway to the community.
$6,500 » Big Idea Cooperative, LLC, 2014 Seed Award project support
Training Wheels, a project of Big Idea Cooperative, offered a mobile literary space available via bicycles for community programming. Inspiring spontaneous conversation and collaboration among people across the city at events large and small, Training Wheels featured a curated lending library and offered the opportunity for learning and growth in the community and supporting organizations like Bike Pittsburgh, Dreams of Hope and the Literary Arts Boom. Each of the events that the Training Wheels pedicab wagon attended was an opportunity for those in attendance to learn about a variety of topics relevant to city residents, from politics to social issues to ideas of community.
“Trainscape: Community and Industry” (2007)
Anthony Purcell, 2007 Community Murals mural
Swissvale may be located centrally to popular Pittsburgh attractions like Kennywood Park and the Waterfront shopping district, but the community has an identity all its own: it’s not only a beautiful, residential area with many local businesses and resources, but actually has its own mayor. Artist Anthony Purcell was challenged to come up with a design that would fit a very long, low wall for his 2007 mural in the heart of this unique area. Fortunately, he discovered that one critical piece of Swissvale’s history fit this shape perfectly: a train. Famous Pittsburgh entrepreneur George Westinghouse founded railroad equipment supplier Union Switch and Signal Company in Swissvale in the late 19th century. Westinghouse’s company employed many Swissvale residents, and proved to be an important part of the community’s development. While these historic roots provide the background for the iconic engine in the mural, Purcell also used a cartoonish style and bright color palette to transition into Swissvale’s present. The pleasant, rolling hills and houses on the right side of the mural represent the community today, with its abundance of green space and picturesque homes. Purcell’s mural, too, has become a distinct part of this striking landscape.
Transformational Experiences Summit
$2,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship
Transformational Experiences Summit, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, focused on the art, science, and design of making media that matters. The events featured local and national speakers, hands-on workshops, discussions, demos, and a weekend-long design jam that paired developer teams with nonprofit organizations to create new digital experiences.
Transformazium 15104 Communication Network
$5,000 » Transformazium, 2010 Seed Award project support
Transformazium 15104 Communication Network, a project of Transformazium, connected residents of Braddock with local organizations, and organizations with each other, to encourage and support information and service sharing and collaboratively strengthen the neighborhood. Aboard Transformazium’s Vehicle for Communication, Neighborhood Conversation Starters traveled regular and occasionally spontaneous routes through Braddock, delivering information, publications, and resources about local issues and events.
Transforming Sampsonia Way
$10,000 » Allegheny City Central Association, 2015 One Northside project support
Transforming Sampsonia Way, a project of Allegheny City Central Association, was the first step in transforming a dilapidated streetscape into a model of green infrastructure that engaged residents and visitors in design, while educating the community about sustainable urban landscapes.
Transforming the Classroom Environment through Community Connections
$10,000 » Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2016 Remake Learning project support
Transforming the Classroom Environment through Community Connections, a project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, engaged 9th grade students at Carrick High School as scientists by working in the community to study the local ecology and learn about the environment in ways that traditional classrooms could not provide. By utilizing the expertise of community partners, the project deepened students’ understanding of ecology and evolution to help make connections to other important biological concepts. This pilot project was additionally used to determine how to assist 9th grade teachers throughout the district in effectively utilizing community resources in their classrooms.
$5,000 » Northside Common Ministries, 2017 100 Days project support
Transient, a project of Northside Common Ministries, was a film that expressed the fears, ideas, and solutions of trans people in the Pittsburgh region.
$20,000, 2012 Social Innovation Exchange project support
Transit Tales was a a multimedia storytelling project about how public transit affects the lives of people in Allegheny County. In partnership with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Bricolage Production Company recorded stories about public transit from all kinds of people– riders, non-riders, and transit workers- and then shared them through radio, the Pittsburgh City Paper, social media, and live performance.
$5,350 » Two Girls Working, 2004 Seed Award project support
Trappings Pittsburgh, a project of Two Girls Working, was a multi-media art project that explored the ways women in Pittsburgh viewed fashion, art, power, and professionalism. The project completed a series of interview sessions with local women and developed the information gathered into an exhibition of prints on Port Authority buses and a one-hour documentary film.
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, Manchester Neighborhood Street Trees
$10,000 » Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 2016 One Northside project support
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, Manchester Neighborhood Street Trees, improved the Quality of Place on Pittsburgh’s Northside through cleaner air and water by planting new trees throughout Manchester. The trees worked to trap and absorb air pollutants and storm water while additionally providing improved habitats for wildlife. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Tree Pittsburgh assisted Manchester residents with ongoing tree care.
TRETC 2013 Conference Stipend
$750 » The LAMP, 2013 Remake Learning conference stipend
TRETC 2013 Conference Stipend, a project of The LAMP, enabled DC Vito, Executive Director of The LAMP to participate in the 2013 TRETC Conference from Nov 19-20, 2013 and hold several meetings with partner organizations based in the Pittsburgh region. The grant offset travel costs, material expenses, and staff time. The LAMP, which stands for Learning About Multimedia Project, embraced a mission to educate and equip people to shape the media landscape through hands-on training. In particular, The LAMP showcased its new tool, Media Breaker, a free online video editor for remixing third-party content such as news clips, commercials and music videos in an educational setting.
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship
TRETC 2014, a project of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was an annual conference for educational technology professionals in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The convening of teachers, technologists, administrators and entrepreneurs was the region’s premier ed-tech conference, focusing on the theme “Deeper Learning” and featuring keynote speaker Tom Vander Ark.
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship
Three Rivers Education Technology Conference (TRETC) 2015, an event of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was an annual gathering that brought educators and school administrators together with education technology vendors and startups seeking to exchange information and establish new partnerships. The event also featured a dedicated exhibit area for the Remake Learning Network. TRETC 2015 took place November 3-4, 2015 at Bethel Park High School.
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2016 Remake Learning sponsorship
Three Rivers Education Technology Conference (TRETC) 2016, an event of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was an annual gathering of educators and school administrators together with education technology vendors and startups seeking to exchange information and establish new partnerships. The event also featured a dedicated exhibit area for the Remake Learning Network. TRETC 2016 took place November 7-8, 2016 at Montour High School.
“A Tribute to Herbert Douglas” (2006)
Heather White, 2006 Community Murals mural
Printmaker-turned-muralist Heather White’s Tribute to Herbert Douglas commemorates the Hazelwood native, who was a bronze medalist in the 1948 Olympics. Recreating the nostalgia of old newspaper clippings, White created large stencils to reproduce the look and feel of the dot-matrix printing process in a large scale painting, and transferred her stencils to the wall, allowing for a separation of the colors and a very accurate recreation of the same method used in newspapers and comic strips. The mural reads like a magnified piece of newsprint; standing farther away will cause the image to appear more cohesive and focused. Although this 2006 mural is stylistically unrelated to the 2005 Hazelwood mural on Elizabeth Street, the position of the two pieces complement each other–acting as bookends to the central Hazelwood business district. These two murals as well as other community efforts have provided a true transformation of the visual landscape for the Hazelwood community.
“Trolley Stop” (2011)
Brian Brown, 2011 Community Murals mural
It makes for a meaningful collaboration when the community applicant is also the property owner, as is the case with Family Resources, an organization committed to the prevention of child abuse, offering a wall for this 2010 Sprout Public Art project. Members of the East Liberty community wanted a mural that illustrated their great diversity as a community and paid tribute to the people of East Liberty themselves. Artist Brian Brown’s proposal to paint portraits of dozens of actual East Liberty community members, working from photographs who volunteered to represent their community, was an idea that particularly resonated with them. As of this writing, the community eagerly awaits Brian’s faithful renditions of the actual people in East Liberty.
“troy loves hill” (2009)
Carolyn Kelly, 2009 Community Murals mural
Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill is a traditionally German neighborhood with colorful history. Artist Carolyn Kelly captured these historic elements in her 2009 Sprout Public Art mural, unifying them with a tree. Each painted leaf represents a different aspect of the area’s past, ranging from the Heinz Corporation, by which Troy Hill residents have often been employed, to St. Anthony’s Church, which contains the second largest collection of relics in the world—topped only by the Vatican. An incline that no longer stands in Troy Hill is commemorated, as is Pittsburgh’s famous Penn Brewery, known for its annual German Oktoberfest celebration. Kelly also depicted “Pig Hill,” or Troy Hill’s Rialto St., which was known for pigs being led to slaughter on Washington’s Landing. Kelly’s mural puts a more positive twist on this piece of Troy Hill’s past, showing the pigs instead escaping from the hill. In her painting process, Kelly allowed some of the signage that had existed on the wall prior the mural’s installation to remain as a design element that can be seen through the new composition. In this way, history wasn’t taken away but rather became a part of the mural: an idea wholly in tune with its greater theme.
“Tuesday’s Heroic Paragon” (2003)
Kevinn Fung, 2003 Community Murals mural
Despite the colorful and rather dramatic nature of Tuesday’s Heroic Paragon, its subject matter is taken from a very serious moment in Garfield’s recent history. The mural relates to the story of Sidney Barlow, a resident from the Garfield neighborhood. A young man with a wife and five children, Barlow tried to stop an incident of gun violence that arose at the neighborhood’s annual “Turkey Bowl” football game, but was shot and killed. Among Garfield residents, he is an inspiration and a hero, and they wished to pay tribute with this mural. Torn over depicting a violent incident in a public space, the artist and community decided to convey the essence of Barlow’s heroics rather than the tragedy itself; in the mural, an every-day hero is stepping out between a child and an on-coming bus. Sidney Barlow is there in spirit, standing on the sidewalk, a paragon of heroism. Kevinn Fung’s mural preserves this inspirational figure for the future.
Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program
$15,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Hive project support
Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program, a project of New Sun Rising, was an intensive music technology education experience that accelerated the professional and artistic development of exceptional young audio engineers. Each semester, a cohort of apprentices learned professional audio production techniques through individualized training at Tuff Sound Recording, where apprentices collaborated with amateur recording artists, media makers, and performers. At the end of each semester, apprentices presented their work at an open house for an audience of professionals and organizations that could offer continuing opportunities for development and collaboration.
“The Two Andys” (2005)
Tom Mosser & Sarah Zeffiro, 2005 Community Murals mural
The Two Andys brings a bit of humor to the aesthetic public walkway of Strawberry Way in downtown Pittsburgh. Artists Tom Mosser and Sarah Zeffiro collaborated with the downtown community group to come up with a design that conveyed a sense of reinvention and revitalization with regard to the area. The two Andys depicted here are Andrew Carnegie, a well-known Captain of Industry who made and gave away much of his steel fortune here in Pittsburgh, and native Pittsburgher Andy Warhol, a world famous artist and leader of the pop art movement in the 1960s. Both were incredibly influential men, and their legacies live on in Pittsburgh. Conveying the city’s continuing efforts of revitalization, Mosser and Zeffiro’s mural portrays these two prominent men of Pittsburgh receiving a makeover at the salon. As with many of Sprout’s Public Art murals, this piece brings together Pittsburgh’s past and recasts it as a new vision for the future. Along with the revitalization theme, the mural is filled with hidden symbols and allusions to other Pittsburgh icons. August Wilson was a famous African American Pittsburgh playwright whose play Fences adorns the front cover of the magazine held by Andy Warhol. On the back of the magazine is a woman’s profile, superimposed where the three rivers of Pittsburgh come together, which honors the women of the region. A once dilapidated brick wall above a hot dog shop is now a symbol of pride and renaissance. Recently, the mural has become a part of Pittsburgh’s history in yet another way: representing the city as the cover of University of Pittsburgh architecture professor Franklin Toker’s book, Pittsburgh: A New Portrait.
Two Cultures, One Me
$5,000 » South Hills Interfaith Movement, 2017 100 Days project support
Two Cultures, One Me, a project of South Hills Interfaith Movement, gave refugee teens a voice through self-exploration, artistic expression, and public outreach.
Two Wheels Lots Of Green
$500 » GTECH Strategies, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship
Two Wheels Lots Of Green, a project of GTECH Strategies, was a bike tour designed to connect individuals to community-based greening projects throughout Pittsburgh. Along the tour, participants experienced a variety of green sites, including: a well-established community garden in Millvale, a library garden in Knoxville, a recycled play yard in East Liberty, as well as other green sites along the way. The tour was held in conjunction with Bike PGH’s annual Bike Fest.