The Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative (PCTI)
Launched in 2021 The Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative (PCTI) is a collaborative effort between The Heinz Endowments, the POISE Foundation and Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), in partnership with the Ford Foundation to “provide regionally significant cultural organizations of color with meaningful sums of operating support during this period of unprecedented upheaval, and to encourage related local efforts to strengthen cultural endeavors that reflect and benefit BIPOC communities over the next five years.” The initiative is guided by a diverse advisory group representing members of the local and national arts and cultural communities. In Phase I, the advisory group and Heinz granted $5 million to 16 Black led organizations in initial, unrestricted grants ranging from $150,000 to $1 million.
PACE will develop and manage Phase II of the initiative, which will provide learning opportunities, programming designed to increase organizational effectiveness or capacity, and grants.
Alumni Theater Company
Balafon West African Dance Ensemble
Barrel & Flow Fest
Bounce House Studios & Productions
Children’s Windows to Africa
Community Arts Experience Worldwide
Daisy Wilson Artist Community
Guardians of Sound
JADA House International
Josh Gibson Foundation
Sankofa Village for the Arts
Texture Contemporary Ballet
When She Thrives