The program's goals are to help support and build the careers of individual artists; increase the sustainability of cultural organizations focused on black arts; build community awareness of the black arts sector; support efforts toward greater collaboration and the elimination of racial disparities within the larger arts sector; prioritize the documentation and discussion of black artists' work and well-being as part of the region's cultural health; and support work that directly addresses and calls for the eradication of systemic and structural racism that allows for disparities to exist.
The program awards grants in the categories of Individual Artist Support, Residencies at Arts or Community-Based Organizations, Three Rivers Arts Festival Support, and General Operating Support.
1) Individual Artist Support: Individual artists in the Pittsburgh area and working in any discipline whose work focuses on black art — defined as the art of African Americans, Africa, and the larger diaspora — may apply for grants of up to $15,000 in support of their creative and career development, the creation of new works, and self-production of new works. Presentation of a fully realized work is not required.
2) Residencies at Arts or Community-Based Organizations: Artist residency support is available to any Pittsburgh-area arts or community-based organization interested in hosting artists whose work focuses on the art of African Americans, Africa and the larger diaspora. Organizations seeking residencies may apply for amounts of up to $20,000.
3) Three Rivers Arts Festival Support: For the first time, project grants will be given to qualifying Pittsburgh-area artists interested in presenting their work at the Three Rivers Arts Festival (June 1-10, 2018), a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
4) General Operating Support: A group of nonprofit cultural organizations whose focus is the production and/or presentation of black art will be invited to apply for general operating support. Operating support is provided by invitation only.
See the Heinz Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.