“[Mike] is so driven to see this thing reach its potential. And as far as what that potential is, well, it seems that the sky is the limit. I really think Mike and Zach are in this for the right reason and they just truly love the arts and want to be a driving force in promoting the arts in Pittsburgh. I think they want the city to see how important a strong art culture is and the benefits it can offer the city.”

The folks at Wicked Pittsburgh are busy planning a new round of money-generating events for 2019 and eventually would like to open a brick-and-mortar location that would serve as a meeting space, gallery, performance venue, artist incubator and storefront.

Schwarz, who splits his time between Brooklyn and Pittsburgh’s South Side, believes the collective is already strengthening the Steel City’s art scene.

“One artist can be quite influential, don’t get me wrong. But put 40 influential artists together with one collective philanthropic goal and you have a force to be reckoned with,” he says.