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Advancing Black Arts awards nearly $288,000 to local artists

Films, musical and spoken word albums, photographs and sculptures are among 20 projects to receive funding from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program, which also includes grants for organizations’ operating costs. $287,860 was awarded this cycle.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 1, 2017 – A partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh is a grant-making program dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts of the African diaspora in western Pennsylvania.

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Carol Brown Awards elevate local artists, honor national luminaries

The established artist award will go to costume designer Susan Tsu, whose works have graced stages all over the world. Visual artist Sarika Goulatia will receive the emerging artist award. The event includes public program with MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and local author, artist and educator Sandra Gould Ford.

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Fiscal Decay Accelerates in PA Municipalities

According to the new PEL report funded in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the southwestern region of the state contains more Act 47 municipalities than any other region in the Commonwealth. These include the city of Aliquippa, Beaver County; Duquesne, Pittsburgh and the boroughs of Braddock and Rankin in Allegheny County; and New Castle, Lawrence County.

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Announcing $1.8 million in scientific research grants

In an era when federal funding for basic scientific research is increasingly under threat, The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, has awarded eight grants totaling $1.8 million to support research at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvania State University, Swarthmore College and University of Pennsylvania.