Arts | Equity | Reimagined

The Arts | Equity | Reimagined Fund was established in late March 2020 in response to the unprecedented and ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s arts and cultural sector.

The funding priorities were shaped by research and conversations with local arts and culture organizations, and an extended analysis of the critical needs in this region, with a particular eye towards identifying gaps in service to arts organizations that serve people of color, LGBTQIA+, and independent artists populations. By coming together, the participating foundations of the Covid-19 Arts Funders Working Group (CAWG) supported new business models, creative collaborations, and artistic approaches to sustain, strengthen, and better equip the arts sector reimagine how it functions.

PACE was chosen to administer and oversee the Capacity Building Grant Program application and grantmaking process. The Capacity Building Grant Program helped organizations and collectives move forward in a changed environment.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative

Launched in 2021 as part of a national initiative by the Ford Foundation, and locally by The Heinz Endowments, to boost support to arts groups and cultural organizations representing communities of color across the U.S. PACE will develop and manage a capacity-building program geared to the specific needs of African-America led arts groups.

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Building Productive Partnerships

Building Productive Partnerships program is a collaboration between Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) and the Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management at Robert Morris University to provide in-depth training in the areas of organizational partnering, collaboration, legal and financial components of effective partnerships, and effective group dynamics.

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