GAVIN BENJAMIN

GAVIN BENJAMIN

PITTSBURGH—The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, has awarded nearly $308,000 in grants to 18 artists and arts organizations.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has invested about $4 million to support contemporary artists making art rooted in the Black experience, past and present. It is the only grant-making program in the region explicitly dedicated to supporting the elimination of racial disparities within the larger arts sector.

Grantees for the fall grant cycle come from various disciplines and include artist Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe, who will present her work, “Wade in the Water,” at the Carnegie Museum of Art; the Society for Contemporary Craft, which will host a residency with Richmond-based craft artist Sonya Clark; and musician Jordan Taylor of Tracksploitation, who will produce a series of short films to complement the group’s first extended play album.

Launched as a partnership between the two foundations, the program is designed to support artistic risk-taking, outreach programming, career opportunities for artists and strategies to promote organizational growth. Awards include funding for individual artists, residencies and unrestricted operating grants.

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