October 21
6 — 8:30 p.m.

A floating river barge that hosts cutting-edge art, music and performance art. A social enterprise that empowers underserved communities one fresh glass of juice at a time. Jazz music playing at city bus shelters. Comfort bags for foster children. The list goes on.

These are just a few of the supremely awesome projects dreamt up and brought to life by innovative Pittsburghers. And the catalyst that helped to make them all happen is Awesome Pittsburgh.

A chapter of The Awesome Foundation—a global network of dedicated people “devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe”—the local organization awards a $1,000 grant every month to individuals or groups who submit their brilliant ideas for making the Pittsburgh community a better place to live, work and play—and whatever else they can conceive of. That means “cold hard cash with no strings attached.”

Since its launch in 2011—when Pittsburgh City Council declared October 18th to be Awesome Pittsburgh Day—the foundation has supported 58 local projects via micro-grants, with 28 generous trustees contributing to the award coffers.

This Friday, you’re invited to celebrate five years of awesomeness as the little foundation that can hosts a lively birthday bash at Lawrenceville hotspot Spirit. Join past grant winners and current and former Awesome Pittsburgh trustees, learn all about the application process, and be inspired by the transformative ideas having a positive impact on our region.

Awesome attendees will also be treated to Slice Island pizza and birthday cupcakes from Yummyholic (a past Awesome grant winner). At the free event, the foundation will announce the winners of Grants #59 and #60.

Go here to learn more about applying for an Awesome Pittsburgh grant.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...