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Inside this Issue

  2  Annual Meeting Program   3  From the Directors 4  What is an Artist Relations Coordinator? 4 What’s Happening in Audience Development 5  The Arts Benefit Everyone 5 How Many Miles... 6  Strategic Plan at a Glance 8  Grant Programs at GPAC 9 In Medias Res: Marketing PICT 9 Growing Accessibility in Pittsburgh’s Arts 10  What’s New at the Office of Public Art 11  GPAC’s Governance 11 Membership Update The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council acknowledges the important support that we receive from our foundation, corporate and government partners.

Alcoa Foundation Allegheny Regional Asset District BNY Mellon Buhl Foundation Dollar Bank The Fine Foundation FISA Foundation Giant Eagle, Inc. The Grable Foundation The Heinz Endowments Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Hillman Foundation Laurel Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Pennsylvania Council on the Arts PNC Charitable Trusts The Pittsburgh Foundation Showclix UPMC VisitPittsburgh

To discuss ways your company or organization can support the work of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council through sponsorships or partnerships, please contact Tiffany Wilhelm, Deputy Director, at 412.391.2060 x222 or



Opening Performers, Vanessa German and Sean Jones. Photograph by Heather Mull

Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Board of Directors

Annual Meeting Program

James Fawcett, Chair Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

August Wilson Center for African American Culture

John Camillus, Executive Vice Chair Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh Lisa Hoitsma, Vice Chair Gateway to the Arts Kathleen Mulcahy, Vice Chair Founder, Pittsburgh Glass Center

Friday, November 30, 2012

8:30 am Lobby

Coffee, Light Breakfast and Networking

9–10:15 am

Opening Performance


Victor Dozzi, CPA, Treasurer CrawfordEllenbogen LLC

Mitch Swain Sala Udin Oliver Byrd James Fawcett

Bill Bodine, Immediate Past Chair Frick Art & Historical Center Mitch Swain, CEO Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Artist Support

Eric Ash Mullen

Jeffrey Carpenter Christiane Leach Tammy Ryan

Jeffrey Carpenter Bricolage

Capacity Building

Deanna Conte Alpern Rosenthal

Tiffany Wilhelm Mitch Swain Kim Watterson Attack Theatre Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf

Peggy Hynes Streamline Communications Darcel Madkins Umoja African Arts Andrew Masich Senator John Heinz History Center

Visibility & Support

J. Kevin McMahon The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Mitch Swain David Seals Jay Costa Renee Piechocki Mayor Ravenstahl

David. L Pollack, Esq. Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky Kate E. H. Prescott Prescott Associates

Joseph B. Smith Dollar Bank janera solomon Kelly Strayhorn Theater

10:15–10:45 am Lobby

Robert L. Lynch

12 pm

Downtown Restaurants

Michael A. Wessell, Esq. Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, LLC

With more than 30 years of experience in the arts industry, Robert L. Lynch has guided the services and membership of Americans for the Arts to grow to more than 50 times their original size. News, advocacy, membership, more Robert L. Lynch The Office of Public Art (OPA) Grassroots arts community and events Emerging Arts Leaders Network


Dine Arounds

We are pleased to welcome Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans For The Arts to Pittsburgh.

Online Resources Database of regional artists

Mitch Swain

Highmark Welcomes Keynote Speaker

Shelly Sponholz Giant Eagle, Inc.

Jane Werner Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Networking Break

10:45 am-12 pm Americans For The Arts Annual Convention Theater

John Sotirakis ThoughtForm, Inc.

George Stark Cabot Oil & Gas

Vanessa German Sean Jones


James Wilkinson, Secretary Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

April Simile Allegheny Valley Bank

Thanks to our sponsors !

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Nationally, Mr. Lynch currently serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In August 2012, he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the sector by the NonProfit Times. Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and plays the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

James Fawcett Board Chair

Mitch Swain CEO

From the Directors


This has been a positive & decisive year for GPAC.

12 Peers Theater Actors Civic Theater AFTRA Pittsburgh

The Staff and Board of Directors embarked on a rigorous review of our Mission, Values, Competencies, and Strategic Plan to make sure that we are addressing current challenges and opportunities for our members and our community. Our Annual Meeting is all about how we implement that plan and the role we all play in making Pittsburgh a great region for the arts. We encourage you to give the plan a thorough look on pages 6-7, or visit our website. This review determined that our goals were on track, but our leadership felt a strong desire to update and clearly define our values as we look to advocate for arts and culture interests in our community. Our values are: • Creativity – we value the inspiration and resourcefulness of our artists and arts and culture institutions • Collaboration – we promote the spirit of cooperation and the power that can be leveraged by working together • Equity – we believe in fair treatment and opportunity for our arts community • Diversity – we are committed to developing, establishing, and sustaining a respectful and inclusive environment • Accessibility – we are assisting Pittsburgh art and culture organizations in inviting and welcoming people with disabilities as audience members, visitors, staff, volunteers, and artists These values are intertwined—especially the last three. The arts should be for everybody. After many candid board and staff discussions this year, it became apparent that people within GPAC and the larger arts community are hungry to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. To help us address this, we’ve engaged the services of Dina Clark, Director of the YWCA Center for Race & Gender Equity here in Pittsburgh. She is assisting us with diversity and inclusion planning, staff training, and re-establishment of a diversity advisory committee. Creativity and collaboration will also play a role in the coming year. One thing we heard loud and clear was that the Arts Day of Giving in May of 2011 was very important to our members. Together we all raised nearly $2 million dollars that day, and 50% of the donors were new or lapsed. We are holding another Arts Day of Giving on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 with the help of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. More details will be available soon. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the entire arts community to show off Pittsburgh during the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and preconferences, June 13-16, 2013. We thank Bob Lynch, AFTA’s President and CEO, and his team for the opportunity to showcase Pittsburgh as a great arts place. Finally, we want to thank all those who make Pittsburgh such an outstanding community for arts and culture: our business & foundation community, our education community, our government leadership, GPAC’s Board of Directors, including our newest board members: Eric Ash, Darcel Madkins, April Simile, Joseph B. Smith, janera solomon, and Shelly Sponholz; our staff, and last but certainly not least, our members. Thank you. Enjoy today’s Annual Meeting, and look forward to a wonderful year of Art in 2013!

Preconferences: June 13-14 • Public Art Network • Emerging Leaders • Entertainment & Cultural Districts


Cultural Organizations

African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh AIGA Pittsburgh Alia Musica Allegheny Brass Band American Jewish Museum American Wind Symphony Orchestra Art All Night Lawrenceville Art Industry Law Artists and Craftsmen Guild, Inc. Artists Image Resource Assemble Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Attack Theatre August Wilson Center for African American Culture Autumn House Press Bach Choir of Pittsburgh Baldwin- Whitehall Friends of Theater Arts Balmoral School of Piping BMNECC Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Boyd Community Center Brew House Association Bricolage Butler Arts Council Calliope House, Inc. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Foundation Center Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Natural History The Center for Theater Arts Chatham Baroque Chhandayan, Inc. Children’s Festival Chorus Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh City of Asylum- Pittsburgh City Theatre Company Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh Dreams of Hope Dress for Success Pittsburgh DYHM Creative Dynasty Arts Edgewood Symphony Orchestra eMotionCo Dance Enjoy Bellevue Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus on Renewal Fe Gallery Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. Frick Art & Historical Center Future Tenant GalleriE CHIZ Gateway to the Arts Gemini Theater Company Guiding Star Dance Foundation Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT) Hillman Center for Performing ArtsShady Side Academy Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts I Made It! Market International Alliance of Stage Employees, Local 3 (IATSE) Jazzspace

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Jazz Workshop Incorporated Jozart Center for the Arts Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Kelly Custom Furniture and Cabinetry Kelly-Strayhorn Theater Kente Arts Alliance Latin American Literary Review Press Lawrenceville Historical Society LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Roots Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Marilyn Coleman Consulting Mary Miller Dance Company McKeesport Symphony Pops Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Michael Berger Gallery The Microscopic Opera Company Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Company ModernFormations Gallery & Performance Space Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery Nandanik Dance Troupe Nego Gato, Inc. Neighborhood Youth Outreach New Hazlett Theater No Name Players North Hills Art Center North Suburban Symphonic Band Oakland Girls Choir Off the Wall Productions PearlArts: movement and sound Phase 3 Productions PITT ARTS Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pittsburgh Banjo Club Pittsburgh Camerata PIttsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society Pittsburgh Chamber Players Pittsburgh CLO Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Pittsburgh Concert Society Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pittsburgh Dance Council Pittsburgh Filmmakers Pittsburgh Folk Festival Pittsburgh Glass Center Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Pittsburgh Jewish-Israeli Film Festival Pittsburgh Mandolin Society Pittsburgh Music Society Pittsburgh Music Academy Pittsburgh Musical Theater Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Inc. Pittsburhg New Music Ensemble


Art on the Walls artists, see back cover


What Is An Artist Relations Coordinator? After working at GPAC for 7 years, Christiane Leach was promoted to Artist Relations Coordinator to serve as a liaison between GPAC, the artist community, and other available resources and support. Many forthcoming ideas are in direct response to the expressed concerns and needs of artists: • The Pittsburgh Artist Advisory Committee - quarterly meetings to promote an environment and opportunities that are supportive of individual artists. • Work Sample Workshops - to provide key points for submission materials, whether for a grant, residency, or fellowship. • Quarterly Teaching Artists Gatherings - to meet and learn from one another. • Art on the Walls - to expand the rotating exhibition program, designed to raise the visibility of Southwestern Pennsylvania a artists in the offices of GPAC, Accenture, a Global Consulting company, and The Allegheny Conference & Affiliates. • Consultations - to help artists reach the next level in their career. • Individual Artist Resource List on our website. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Christiane Leach.

What’s Happening in Audience Development? The Pittsburgh Arts Community Database launched in the fall of 2011 as a partnership between GPAC and TRG Arts. This project provides organizations with a tool that can save them time and money by streamlining their access to substantial, targeted arts patron data. That data can then be used to trade mailing lists with other arts organizations, or used to run powerful, insightful reports that help them learn about their patrons and make smarter decisions about how to work with them. The data is also cleaned regularly using the National Change of Address (NCOA). Best of all, using the system is FREE for active GPAC members. We’ve had a fantastic inaugural year for the project. It has grown to include 41 organizations and 150,681 unique households. We expect to triple that number by the end of 2013 with the inclusion of data from several large organizations for research purposes. Program expansions in the coming year include additional trainings and free three-times-per-year data uploads to make the system more useful for our members.

As a small theater company, the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database has dramatically improved our ability to conduct targeted direct mail campaigns, and has also provided us with invaluable audience research tools. We're thrilled to have this new resource, and highly recommend taking the time to explore its true potential. -Corinne Neal

Former Managing Director, Bricolage

To learn more visit our website or contact Andie Markijohn.

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The Arts Benefit Everyone -- Even Those Who Never Go to an Event Tambellini’s knows the value of the Benedum across the street. Theatre patrons grow its bottom line, provide jobs for cooks and servers, and generate tax revenue for the government that protects restaurant consumers. That’s good news for Italian food lovers, even if they never attend the theatre! This year, GPAC teamed up with Americans for the Arts to bring you Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a study of the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. We learned that the arts in Allegheny County outperform similar regions. We’ll publish a formal report in early 2013, which will include deeper analysis and data from surrounding counties. Don’t want to wait? Download the National Report from our website.

Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in Allegheny County (Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences)

Allegheny County

Median of Similar Study Regions

Direct Expenditures1



Full-time Equivalent Jobs2



Resident Household Income3



Local & State Government Revenue4



1. The amount of money spent directly by arts nonprofits and their audiences 2. The total amount of labor employed. Economists measure FTE jobs, not the total number of employees, because it is a more accurate measure that accounts for part-time employment 3. Often called Personal Income, this includes salaries, wages, and entrepreneurial income paid to local residents, it is the money residents earn and use to pay for food, mortgages, and other living expenses 4. Includes revenue from local and state taxes (e.g., income, property, sales, and lodging) as well as funds from license fees, utility fees, filing fees, and other similar sources

How Many Miles Does It Take to Create an Arts Coalition? Affectionately known as the SS Swain, Mitch’s car pounded 1,632 miles of pavement to and from Harrisburg this year, helping strengthen the arts in Pennsylvania. That was just the beginning of a strong year of advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Working with Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and others, GPAC helped develop the PA Arts and Culture Coalition, which includes partners from the performing arts, humanities, museums, historical sites, and arts education. Through the leadership of Senator Jay Costa, the coalition helped create the first-ever Arts and Culture Caucus in the PA Senate and is in process of expanding to the PA House. Locally, when policy makers suggested that Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) funds be allocated for the Port Authority, GPAC took a proactive approach. We researched the facts, met with elected officials and arts leaders to seek solutions, provided talking points to RAD grantees, testified on behalf of the arts community at RAD hearings, and worked to bring parties together toward favorable resolution. We’ll keep monitoring the issue, as there are long-term concerns that expanding the use of RAD funds might harm arts grantees.


Pittsburgh Opera Pittsburgh Philharmonic Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company Pittsburgh Public Theater Pittsburgh Society of Artists Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pittsburgh Technology Council Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Polish Cultural Council Prime Stage Theatre Puppet Happening Quantum Theatre Renaissance & Baroque Renaissance City Winds River City Brass Band Saltworks Theatre Company Sembene- The Film and Arts Festival Senator John Heinz History Center Shakespeare in the Parks Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble Silk Screen Asian American Festival Silk Strategic Arts Silver Eye Center for Photography SLB Radio Productions, Inc. Society for Contemporary Craft SongSpace at First Unitarian Sounds of Pittsburgh South Hills Chorale South Park Theatre Spaces Corners Speaking of... Stage 62 StorySwap Sweetwater Center for the Arts Terra Nova Theatre Group The Andy Warhol Museum The Artists’ Orchard, LLC The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh The Heritage Players The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination The Legacy Arts Project The Mattress Factory The Pillow Project The Pittsburgh Music Hall of Fame The Rage of the Stage Players Three Rivers Ringers Three Rivers Theatre Company Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras Throughline Theatre Company, Inc. TJ Arts ToonSeum Touchstone Center for Crafts Tuesday Musical Club UMOJA African Arts Ensemble Unity Through Creativity University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department Unseam’d Shakespeare UPMC Senior Communities- Legacy Theater VetArt Project Pittsburgh Visionary Performing Arts Academy Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Westmoreland Choral Society

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GPAC Strategic Pl Our Goals

Goal 2:

Goal 1:

Enhance the capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the arts and culture community.

Increase visibility and support of the arts.

Our Objectives Increase understanding among the greater community of the value and impact of arts and culture in our region.

Increase and clarify GPAC’s capacity building and professional development programming.

Key Strategies: • Leverage the 2013 Americans for the Arts (and other arts conventions to promote Pittsburgh as a great arts city. • Test messaging about the value of the arts with local business leaders and elected officials, and utilize learning to build relationships with them. • Determine the viability of a full-featured, online regional events calendar. • Gather and share stories of arts programs and projects in the region in order to demonstrate the impact of the arts in general and of GPAC. • Continue to broaden relationships through the Office of Public Art.

Key Strategies: • Continue to assess needs, develop programs, and experiment with models (best practices and innovative practices) for program delivery (i.e. workshops, consulting, shared services, etc.) • Reinvigorate GPAC’s workshop programming • Build and support natural peer groups (i.e. development peers, marketing peers, genre groups, etc.) • Increase strategic partnerships to broaden services and minimize duplication. • Continue developing the Increasing Accessibility in Pittsburgh Arts initiative. • Develop resources to assist start-ups and very small organizations. • Continue to offer Office of Public Art technical assistance to the public and private sectors.

Work with statewide leadership toward a more efficient, stable state funding model that delivers increased funding and includes a broader definition of arts and culture. Key Strategies: • Continue to develop relationships with other agencies and build a statewide coalition. • Increase presence in Harrisburg. • Seek new opportunities to strengthen relationships with state elected officials such as a statewide advocacy day.

Seek new and increased avenues of financial support for the regional arts sector. Key Strategies: • Pursue a second Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving (October 2013). • Seek additional funding to increase the dollars available for art projects and operating expenses. • Investigate opportunities to increase RAD funding to arts and culture.

Conduct meaningful research that describes the arts sector and promotes its value in the Pittsburgh region. Key Strategies: • Take advantage of data available in the Cultural Data Project and Pittsburgh Arts Community Database. • Recommend clear, actionable changes or additions to: • the regional arts support structure (GPAC’s programs, foundations, service organizations, etc.) and/or • the strategies that artists or organizations utilize to achieve their goals. • Clearly communicate results of research to the arts and culture community.



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Grow our membership. Key Strategies: • Increase GPAC member benefits. • Improve communication about membership and its benefits. • Better define GPAC’s service area and strengthen relationships with organizations and artists in the counties surrounding Allegheny County. • Continue to build recognition of the GPAC brand and particularly how GPAC is distinct from other entities.

Continue evolution of audience development programs that increase arts audiences. Key Strategies: • Plan for and execute a transition of GPAC’s ticketing program into assistance with technology such as Customer Relationship Management systems. • Build participation in Pittsburgh Arts Community Database • Develop and execute an exit strategy for the ProArtsTickets centralized ticketing service.

Increased public involvement in and support of arts and culture.

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Goal 3:

Goal 4:

Create an environment and opportunities that are supportive of individual artists.

Serve as a model organization that incorporates best practices, increases efficiency, and ensures sustainability.

Increase programs, services, and support for artists and independent artist collectives.

Seek opportunities to learn about and incorporate new ideas and best practices that create increased efficiency and effectiveness.

Key Strategies: • Identify gaps in the current support structure for artists at all stages of their careers, and address those gaps with new programs or partnerships. • Increase attention to and relationship-building with artist community by formalizing a part-time “Artist Relations” position that helps to connect artists to the resources that can support them. • Develop an artist advisory committee to gain input and feedback on needs, ideas, and programs. • Continue Art on the Walls program to promote local artists and the sale of their work. Investigate opportunities for expansion. • Consider developing a fiscal sponsorship program OR persuade local funders to create/broaden their current fiscal sponsorship models. • Update the Pittsburgh Artist Registry and launch Pittsburgh Art Places.

Increase visibility of resources for artists and independent artist collectives through clear communications. Key Strategies: • Increase promotion of GPAC’s programs, funding, and services for artists. • Take a leadership role in consolidating, housing, and distributing information about the array of resources and opportunities available to artists in the region.

Sustainable organizations and artists that produce high-quality, diverse arts.

Key Strategies: • Continue to participate in industry-wide service organizations such as Americans for the Arts, the United States Urban Arts Federation, the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, etc. • Build shared learning opportunities into programs where possible. • Build annual plan, and monitor and report progress with staff and board. • Update, expand, and implement our diversity and inclusion plan.

Achieve balanced funding sources and build appropriate cash reserves. Key Strategies: • Build cash reserve to maintain at least three full months of operations. • Diversify funding sources from foundations, individuals and business community. • Investigate opportunities for new sources of earned income. • Build partnership relationships with place-based funders. I.e. Our data sources can help inform their strategies or help to evaluate the impact of their funding. • Continue recruitment plan of new board members from business community. • Continue to develop accountability processes to meet goals at the staff, committee, and board levels.

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Grant Programs at GPAC

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Women in Film and Media Young Men & Women’s African Heritage Association Zen Photography Safaris

GPAC reviewed 257 grant applications from artists and arts organizations and awarded a total of $275,020 to 141 grantees in 2011-12. That is the largest number of applications GPAC has ever reviewed in one year!

Individual Artists

Last year we were pleased to announce an increase in the pool of funds available for Artist Opportunity Grants which allowed us to award grants to more deserving artists than ever. But we didn’t stop there.

Barbara Antel Alisoon Babusci Jessica Barnabei Joanne Bartone Patrick Philip Becker Kelly Blevins Sam Boese Kyle Bostian Sally Ann Bozzuto Lauren Braun Norman Brown Jennifer Bronder Rick Byerly Brian Carney Kathryn Carr Nick Caruso Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer Nancy Dalverny Cornelia Davis Rob Desmett Megan Dooley Rose Duggan Edward Eberle Myra Falisz Jennifer Faure Carlos Feliciano Annette Ferrieri Donna Fisher Gerry Florida Toby Atticus Fraley Paula Garrick Klein Memphis George Linnea Glick El Gato Gomez Yona Harvey Mia Henry Elizabeth Hoover Judy Hopson Catherine Joslyn Sandy Kessler-Kaminski Lee Kim Mandy- Kivowitz-Delfaver Randy Kovitz Barbra Labbie Christiane D Bovey Lee Marie Leone Chaz Letzkus Jules Levine Laura Magone Sharon Massey Penny Mateer Maria Mauoszek Sharon Massey Samanatha McDonough Anna Mikolay


Since Artist Opportunity Grants began in 2004, the maximum grant award has been $1,500 per grantee. However, costs for artists to take advantage of career-advancing opportunities have increased substantially over that time. With new support from the Hillman Family Foundations added to the support we receive from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments’ “Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists Program,” we are happy to be able to increase the maximum grant award to $2,500.

Increasing Support for Artists through Artist Opportunity Grants Total Grants Year

(distributed or estimated)

# of Artist Grantees

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

$10,087 $19,944 $30,000 $35,000 $45,000

11 20 32 TBD TBD

Grantee Spotlight Tammy Ryan, Artist Opportunity Grantee Tammy Ryan is a local playwright whose journey is as inspiring as the award-winning plays she has written and had produced across the country and internationally. In June 2012, Tammy won the Francesca Primus Prize awarded by the American Theater Critics Association for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods. The Francesca Primus Prize, which includes $10,000, is given annually to an emerging female artist who is making outstanding contributions to the American theater. The Critics Association commented that “Ryan’s play poignantly and powerfully integrates a personal story with a current world issue.” The play centers on Christine, a single mother, who meets Gabriel, one of the “lost boys” from Sudan, in the produce section of a Pittsburgh Whole Foods where he works. From there they form a relationship that changes both their lives. Three Artist Opportunity Grants, starting in 2008, helped Tammy make key connections and take advantage of stepping-stone opportunities leading to the prestigious award.

Jazz Workshop, Inc., PA Partner in the Arts Grantee In late October, Harold Young invited GPAC staff to the Jazz Workshop, Inc. for some great jazz and good home cooking. We had the pleasure of meeting some of the members of the former Local 471, the famous musician’s union in the historic Hill District that was closed in 1966. As we walked the halls of the Jazz Workshop’s home on Centre Avenue in Wilkinsburg, Harold pointed out the jazz greats on the many photo collages lining the walls, some of whom were playing in the room at that moment. His goal for these regular Tuesday gatherings is to reunite them once again so as to record and preserve their history. From teaching classes to youth, to presenting “Jazz on the Steps” concerts at the Carnegie Library of Homewood, Harold and his dedicated staff are an important part of Pittsburgh’s arts community. The Jazz Workshop has received annual operating support since 2007 through PA Partners in the Arts, a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered in southwertern PA by GPAC.

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In Medias Res: Marketing the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre


We go now live to a Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) project right in the middle of the action! Since its inception in 1996, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) has grown into a Pittsburgh institution. Last year, their marketing team approached BVA with a challenge: How do we reach out to new audience without alienating current patrons?

from the upcoming PICT production of School for Lies

To explore solutions, we’ve connected them to two local marketing experts: Peggy Hynes and Shona Byrne. This dynamic duo consulted with PICT to create a plan of action; Shona Byrne designed and executed a series of focus groups to gauge patron engagement and experience as well as consider new branding and promotional ideas. According to Marketing Director, Michelle Belan, “the focus groups created by Shona provided incredible fodder for discussion, which Peggy is helping us to distill into concrete action plans as well as to guide the rebranding process.” Business Volunteers for the Arts is proud to have worked with many of the region’s great arts organizations in recent months, including Bricolage Theatre Company, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT), the Kaleidoscope Festival, the Legacy Arts Project, ProMusica Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Prime Stage Theatre, and many others.


Carin Mincemoyer David Montano David Motak Kathleen Mulcahy Richard Parsakian Ashley Paulisick Lyndale Pettus Deesha Philyaw Delilah Picart Jo Anne Pugh Erika Quiroz Erin Remaley Gabrielle “Gab Cody” Reznek Larry Rippel Renee Rock Renee Rosensteel Nicole Ryan Nina Samelle Brian Sesack Lianne Sheplar Alecia Shipman Susan Sparks Carolyn Speranza Linda Toomey Cheryl Violette R. Weis Attack Theatre using an ASL interpreter

Growing Accessibility in Pittsburgh’s Arts With generous support from the FISA Foundation, GPAC continued “Increasing Accessibility in Pittsburgh Arts and Culture,” a program aimed at helping Pittsburgh arts and culture organizations more effectively serve people with disabilities as visitors and patrons, artists and performers, employees, and volunteers. We held workshop events on the subjects of accessible programming, marketing to the disability community, and accessible audience development. This spring, GPAC worked with City Theatre to host a three-day training in Audio Description for Theatre. Prior to this training, only two people in the Pittsburgh area were known to have this expertise. Now, there are nine additional individuals who can provide this service for area theatres. This coming spring we will host three more workshops focused on Why It Matters, How It Feels, and What You Can Do.

Accessibility Momentum • • • • • • • • •

Many organizations are now offering Braille and large print programs Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker will be audio described this holiday season The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has added captioning and audio description to its Broadway Series Three different theater companies now offer at least one ASL interpreted performance for each production 13 Pittsburgh arts managers attended the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference, by far the largest representation from any visiting city Attack Theatre incorporated ASL interpreters into their “Some Assembly Required: Public Art” series Two small theater companies purchased assistive listening systems The 2012 National Leadership Exchange for Arts and Disability “Emerging Leader Award” was presented to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust The Carnegie Museum of Art has presented nationally several times on their “In the Moment Tours” for individuals living with dementia

Join the Pittsburgh Arts and Accessibility Peer Group, contact Tiffany Wilhelm.

AR TS ALLY MEMBERS Anonymous William B. Bodine, Jr. Tiffany Wilhelm & Kyle Bostian Bovey Lee Suzy & Jim Broadhurst Carol R. Brown Norman Brown David & Susan Brownlee John Camillus Jeffrey Carpenter William Cashion Evelyn Castillo Julie-Ann Chiccarino Geri Chichilla Rene Conrad R. Bruce Cooper Jayne Adair Lucille E. Dabney

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AR TS ALLY MEMBERS Sylvester & Lu Damianos Luise K. Davis Michele de la Reza & Peter Kope Daniel Delaney Lisa Hoistma Favorini James Fawcett Cynthia Ferrence-Kelly Sherrie Flick & Rick Schweikrt Lucine Folgueras Steven Forman Mark Freeman Jim and Linda Freytag Heidi Freytag Rick & Jessica Galardini Gefsky & Lehman, P.C. Connie Gentry E. Jeanne Gleason Leo Goode Irving & Aaronel deRoy Gruber Charitable Foundation Matt Hannigan Jane Harrison, J.L. Harrison & Associates Jane Haskell Elisabeth Healey Alan Helgerman Lori Hepner Ben Hernstrom Elsie H. Hillman Foundation Margaret Hynes Dek Ingraham & J.R. Shaw Donna Isaac janet jai Desha Jaramaz Heather M. Jarrett Catherine Joslyn Maury D. Katz Dina Klavon Erica Koshar James and Elizabeth Krisher Kevin C. Kuhn Jasmine Kurjakovic Sherie Lammers Larry Leahy Bovey Lee Claire & Lawrence Levine Kathleen & Robert Mahoney Heather Mallak Albert Markijohn Andrew E. Masich Gale McGloin Mary Navarro Robert Neu & Carol Wolfe Sam Newbury Alice Newton Roberta O’Dell Mr. & Mrs. Patrick O’Donnell Kathleen Oravec Dee Jay Oshry & Bart Rack Sandy & Gene O’Sullivan Jennifer Owen H. Sheldon & Sara L. Parker Alix & Michael Paul Ashley Paulisick


What’s New at the Office of Public Art The Office of Public Art implemented a number of educational program and technical assistance projects this year. Some highlights: Romare Bearden’s Pittsburgh Recollections was installed at the new Gateway Center T station (above); our tour of the Northside during Bike Fest (below); our intern Justen Turner-Thorne at the public art scavenger hunt he helped create; The Workers by Industrial Arts Co-op installed on the Southside; Jennifer McGregor’s presentation at our Public Art 101 workshop; and the Wilkinsburg Community Arts and Civic Design Commission in action. It’s been a great year!

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GPAC’s Governance

GPAC 2011-12

Financial Statement

Our goal is to be a model organization that is nimble, flexible, fiscally responsible, and always striving to do better. Our strategic plan is updated every 3 years with regular progress updates that are discussed at board meetings. It’s quite a lot of work, but absolutely worth it. Our board meets regularly and has worked to improve its committee structure. We’ve found that our new peer groups and advisory committees also provide necessary community input to our work. GPAC staff members are committed to the success of our region’s artists and organizations. They attend industry-wide convenings and workshops in an effort to stay “one step ahead” as we build our local programming. We are working on a new diversity and inclusion plan with an initial focus on our internal operations. We have honest conversations at staff meetings about how we can better work together, and we have an award that we hand out routinely to the staffer that did something really outstanding. That choice can be difficult sometimes and that’s a good problem to have. Our advocacy efforts have improved in response to member input and thoughtful consideration by our board and staff. We’ve increased our attention to the importance of process, including re-engagement of the advocacy committee as they work to establish an agenda on local and state issues; open review of the proposed agenda; and seek additional input from our membership. GPAC staff will perform rigorous fact checking and sourcing; create a crisis management plan and seek additional executive committee review of complex issues or positions. This improved approach has served us well with the most recent issue of how RAD funds should be used in the future. GPAC’s finance committee oversees a budget that is balanced every year and we contribute annually to a small cash reserve. (We don’t need an endowment.) Our governance committee has recently recruited six new board members that give us diverse perspectives the arts and business communities. We’ve been careful about our growth and have had success in diversifying funding sources. GPAC has come a long way in seven years, and we will continue to get better.

Membership Update We at GPAC exist for one purpose: to support the people whose art makes Pittsburgh great. GPAC does that in a lot of different ways, and GPAC membership is the glue that holds it all together. Our members are central to everything that we do. We are guided by the idea that we are stronger together than we are alone. We act as a “chamber of commerce” for the region’s arts, connecting artists, arts organization, business leaders, and elected officials to strengthen the arts overall. In addition to this kind of “big picture” thinking, we also work to give practical tools to our members. Our members have access to a growing list of benefits including discount ticket offers, discounts on art supplies, access to the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database, discounts from Staples, Dell, and more. GPAC members can also join Fractured Atlas for free to access a variety of specialized liability insurance programs tailored to the needs of artists and arts organizations. GPAC members also get access to Fractured Atlas’s entire list of member benefits. Our most exciting new member benefit is coming in 2013: only GPAC members will be able to participate in the 2013 Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving. During the last Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving, nearly $2 million was raised in a 24-hour period to support our region’s art. If you’re a member (if your organization is a member, so are you!), YOU make all of our work possible and we thank you for your support. If you are not yet a member, we would love to welcome you. You’re already an invaluable part of the arts community, why not add your voice to the conversation? GPAC wants to hear what you have to say! Visit us online at to learn more about membership and join today. Help us make Pittsburgh a great place to make art.

ending June 30, 2012

Income Grants Funds for Grants to the Arts Community Technical Assistance and Other Earned Income Membership Dues Contributions from the Board and Public

809,730 277,264 160,155 53,095 28,139 1,328,383

Expense Programs and Services Grantmaking Programs General and Administrative Fundraising

714,894 331,227 180,949 91,874 1,318,944

AR TS ALLY MEMBERS Carmen Alicia Perez Delilah Picart Renee Piechocki Pete Popivchak Deborah & Martin Powell Beverly A Pugh The Donald & Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation Megan & Yoka Rooney Renee Rosensteel Pittsburgh Banjo Club Sarah Rubin Brian & Susan Sesack Lianne M. Sheplar Paula Shriver Yael Silk April N. Simile Asish Sinha Rebecca Slak Joseph B. Smith Susan Sparks Shirley & Sidney Stark Barbara M. Steinberg Mitch & Tracey Swain June F. Swanson Mary Unkovic Sybil Veeder Claudia K. Viehland Beth Vucic Joan Wagman & Saul Shiffman Jacqueline Walker Albert Weiner & Carol Gluck Rudolph H. Weingartner Gerri W. Weiss Judy Wertheimer & Michael Boninger Susan Zimecki

For the most up-to-date list of GPAC members and donors, please visit our website.

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Arts Council Staff Mitch Swain, CEO Tiffany Wilhelm, Deputy Director Dek Ingraham, Development & Membership Coordinator Christiane Leach, Artist Relations Coordinator

810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

Michelle Lee, Manager of Grants Andie Markijohn, Manager of Events & Audience Development Sue Mencher, Internal Systems Administrator Maggie Negrete, Administrative Assistant Ashley Paulisick, AFTA Convention Coordinator David Pankratz, Research & Policy Director David Seals, Director of Communications Renee Piechocki, Director, Office of Public Art Kate Hansen, Program Assistant, Office of Public Art Laura Zorch, Educational Programs Assistant, Office of Public Art Kathy Mahoney, Bookkeeper

They are neighbors and friends. Families and individuals. People ready and willing to come together and make a difference. To make the places we call home, better places for all. At Highmark we salute this spirit of giving back and are proud that the ideals of community service, philanthropy and volunteerism are so deeply woven into the fabric of our company and our employees.


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Art on the Walls Artists, page 4 Allegheny Conference Artists; top row, left to right: John Dorinsky, Jane Ogren, Frances Frederick, Deborah Hoskings, Heather Hertel, Daviea Davis, Hope Alcorn, Nia Quilt Guild- YMWA second row: Carolyn Carson Accenture Artists; second row, left to right starting with second image: Thomas Bigatel, Rochelle Blumenfeld, Susan Constanse GPAC Artists; second row, left to right starting with fifth image: David Montano, Brian Sesack, Seth Clark, Gwyn Rohrer third row, left to right: Fran Gialamas, Ivette Spradlin

Update 2012  

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's annual meeting program and newsletter.

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