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The Heinz Endowments has awarded $5.75 million in funding to 37 arts organizations in Pittsburgh.

The grants range from $20,000 to $1 million (see the full list below). Twenty-seven organizations are receiving grants in which 100 percent of the amount is designated for general operating support.

“Our region’s vibrant arts sector has been impacted by the pandemic in ways that have brought it under extraordinary stress,” said Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant. “But for many, this has also inspired new and innovative ways of operating, connecting with art patrons and presenting their art. This slate of grants recognizes both a critical need for operating support and the inventive ways in which arts organizations have faced these challenges.”

The slate of grants includes $4,134,000 in general operating support, as well as funding for innovative at-home learning programs and organizations that have shown great creativity in facing the pandemic’s challenges.

A Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council analysis of the regional arts sector released earlier this year found that the most urgent Covid-related need as identified by arts organizations was unrestricted general operating assistance. The same report revealed that approximately 84 percent of organizations had to cancel performances, classes and exhibitions, and nearly 68 percent had to temporarily close their facilities due to Covid.

“Our hope is that these grants help bring continuity and stability to these organizations as they make the ongoing shifts necessary to soldier through these challenging times, and allow them to concentrate on creating and sharing their art,” said Heinz Endowments Vice President of Creativity Janet Sarbaugh.

The following arts organizations received grants:

ACH Clear Pathways – $100,000
Afro-American Music Institute – $50,000
Alumni Theater Company – $100,000
August Wilson African American Cultural Center – $800,000
Artists Image Resource – $40,000
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh – $20,000
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation/BOOM Concepts – $75,000
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation/Level Up – $50,000
Bricolage Production Company – $50,000
Calliope House Inc. – $20,000
Carnegie Institute/Arts Education Collaborative – $325,000
Carnegie Mellon University – $38,000
Chamber Music Pittsburgh – $20,000
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – $200,000
City of Asylum – $60,000
City Theatre Company – $95,000
Community Theater Project Corporation/Kelly Strayhorn Theater – $270,000
Film Pittsburgh – $40,000
Focus on Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Renewal Corporation – $50,000
The Hawkins Project – $50,000
Hill Dance Academy Theatre – $75,000
Historical Society of Pittsburgh – $300,000
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh – $25,000
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – $210,000
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – $775,000
Pittsburgh Entertainment Project – $50,000
The Pittsburgh Foundation/Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh – $1,000,000
The Pittsburgh Foundation/Spotlight PA – $100,000
Pittsburgh Opera – $209,000
Pittsburgh Youth Chorus – $30,000
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Association – $20,000
Prime Stage – $40,000
Public Source – $300,000
River City Brass Band – $70,000
SLB Radio Productions – $50,000
Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras – $20,000
Union Project – $30,000

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