The Pittsburgh Creativity Project

(2009) Teresa Foley, et al.

Description of the project by T.Foley

The Pittsburgh Creativity Project, Directed by Teresa Foley, was created and funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. It’s aim is to have artists act as decision-makers in awarding funds to Pittsburgh’s creative community. Through the project, artists are invited to critique, contribute to, and refine systems that support further professional development and the advancement of artists’ careers in the region. Read more about the project on the Creativity Project’s website.

The Pittsburgh Creativity Project is an initiative in response to the need of local artists and arts organizations to cultivate emergent innovation and broaden the base of support for their creative work throughout the city. Their aim with this initiative was to increase the quantity and quality of diverse artistic products by arts organizations and individual artists in Pittsburgh. Through the project, artists were invited to critique, contribute to, and refine systems that support further professional development and the advancement of artists’ careers in the region. Participating arists were also empowered to act as decision-makers in awarding funds to Pittsburgh’s creative community. The project’s structure includes an advisory committee comprised of artists and other creative stakeholders to insure that the project’s activities remain accountable to the community it is designed to serve.

Teresa Foley created a collection of over 1500 photographs as a documentation of this project and about the artists. Instead of documenting their work, their paintings, she documented their actions of creating these works.
supporting the environment. All funded projects are documented here.


Gist Street Poetry Readings and the Shadow Lounge are two of the awarded projects.
More images on Flickr