Wednesday, July 26, 2017

​Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Awarded $580,000 for Artists

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) announces an award of $580,000 from the Hillman Foundation, allowing for greatly expanded funds, resources, and services to creative professionals in our region over the next two years. The grant represents a significant investment in artists and smaller nonprofits that make positive contributions to communities across Southwestern Pennsylvania, specifically in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

This award includes directly distributing $300,000 more in grants to artists and smaller arts nonprofits over the next two years; establishing an emergency fund for artists; and expanding GPAC’s audience development programs to support the sustainability of the arts in our region.

Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, said, “Our research shows that while regions like ours across the country average 149 artists per capita, Greater Pittsburgh averages 248.  Annually in Allegheny County alone, the arts generate $115 million in tax revenue, $641 million in household income, and 32,211 full time equivalent jobs.

Arts and culture is undeniably a contributing factor to the vibrancy of this region and well worth our investment – this grant will make it possible to better serve the creative people who live and work here, every day.”  Starting in September, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will offer information sessions throughout the region on the upcoming expanded programs and services. Dates, times, and locations for these information sessions will be released in August.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is one of the few arts service organizations in the country that has a focus on individual artists. This includes full-time staff dedicated to supporting individual artists, and a portfolio of services, resources, grants, pro bono legal and business consulting to support the lives of working artists in Southwestern Pennsylvania. More information may be found at

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