Dustin Stiver

Dustin Stiver, Program Officer at The Sprout Fund, shares his itinerary for the week of April 7 in NEXT Up.

Sprout is a nonprofit organization that enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities. Between Sprout and his personal interests, Dustin plans to take advantage of springtime in Pittsburgh.

Monday: After I help coordinate the Kids+Creativity Network Rally, an interactive showcase of innovative approaches to learning, you will find me at Mr. Smalls Theater where I’ll be listening to Langhorne Slim and the Law and The Felice Brothers – and checking the score of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship on my phone.

Tuesday: Heading back to my alma mater, Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, to attend the Philanthropy Forum.

Wednesday: Chatting with folks from the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, a group of organizations dedicated to making Pittsburgh more playful; connecting with Amizade Global Service Learning to discuss their new project, The Global Switchboard; happy hour with the Sprout team at Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville.

Thursday: Partnering with the MAKESHOP at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to lead a Maker Meet-Up at my favorite new library, the Millvale Community Library, then stopping by the Urbanist Launch Party at the Mattress Factory.

Friday: Meeting with the CREATE Lab at CMU to discuss a budding partnership; making my way to Elks Lodge 339 for their weekly Lenten fish fry; catching the St. Vincent show at Stage AE presented by WYEP.

Saturday: Swinging by a Sprout-hosted Working Breakfast at The Porch at Schenley Plaza to consult with potential grant applicants about project ideas; having lunch with my beautiful wife Alyssa at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina in the Strip District; spending the evening at one of Pittsburgh’s best parties, The Dirty Ball, which benefits Attack Theatre.

Sunday: Beginning the morning at the Open Door Church, which meets at the Union Project; taking my mountain bike for a spin in Frick Park; spending every other waking moment working on my dissertation.

Photo by Joey Kennedy

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...