Susan Tsu, Carol Brown, and Sarika Goulatia standing together at the awards event at the August Wilson Center Established Artist awardee Susan Tsu, Carol Brown, and Emerging Artist Awardee Sarika Goulatia at the Dec. 4 awards event at the August Wilson Center. Photo by Joshua Franzos
Attendees of the Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership conference in the auditorium at the August Wilson Center during one of the presentations. Joshual Franzos
Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments presenting at the Communications Network conference in Miami. Photo courtesy of the Communications Network

2017 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards

The 2017 awards honored emerging artist Sarika Goulatia and established artist Susan Tsu. The December 4 event at the August Wilson Center also featured a panel discussion with photographer Latoya Ruby Frazier, artist/photographer Sandra Gould Ford, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

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Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership

Nearly 400 grantee partners of The Heinz Endowments gathered for a seminar hosted by the foundation, ‘Nonprofits and the Call to Moral Leadership’ at the August Wilson Center. In the wake of Charlottesville, Pittsburgh regional nonprofits explored how to make their voices heard in defense of their organizations’ values and missions, and in support of the individuals they serve. The event addressed critical issues of racial, social and economic equity in our region. Learn more about the event and watch the video.

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Communications for Troubled Times

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, was a key speaker at ComNet17, the annual Communications Network conference in Miami in September. A former Board Chair of the Network – the membership organization for communications professionals working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector – Mr. Oliphant addressed the subject: ‘True. Kind. Now. Communications for Troubled Times,’ urging social sector communicators to use their voices and speak up for their organizations’ values “in a time when we cannot afford to remain silent.” Watch the speech or view the transcript.

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Lynn Nottage, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford during panel discussion on stage at the August Wilson Center. Panel discussion at the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford. Photo by Joshua Franzos
Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards

 On December 7th before a packed audience at the August Wilson Center, The 2017 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards honored costume designer Susan Tsu with the Established Artist award and visual artist Sarika Goulatia with the Emerging Artist honor.  After receiving awards designed and created by artist Thaddeus Mosley, the two awardees joined the crowd in their enthusiastic response to "On Making," a panel discussion moderated by Silver Eye Center for Photography's David Oresick. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and photographers  LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford captivated with their talk about the importance of a place and its people in the creation of art.  Frazier and Gould's collaborative exhibition On Making of Steel Genesis may be viewed at Silver Eye through December 31.

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h Magazine

A Community of We. In this special issue of h magazine, 29 Pittsburgh-area leaders describe how their work tries to build "a community of we," a place where unity, respect and justice are priorities, and all have the chance to live to their fullest potential.

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Photo by Annie O'Neill Lummi Nation Inspires

Lummi Nation representatives and an intricately carved totem pole arrived at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History after crisscrossing the country from Washington state. The totem pole is a part of the museum’s Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line! exhibit (now through spring 2018) which explores the struggle of indigenous leadership to protect water, land, and our collective environmental future. 

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Photo by Joshua Franzos Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project hosts record event in Pittsburgh

More than 1,500 people from around the world came to Pittsburgh Oct. 17-19 to attend the 36th Climate Reality Leadership Corps event, an environmental training led by former Vice President Al Gore.

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Capturing the Next Economy

The culmination of an 18-month study, Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city, by The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking examines Pittsburgh’s unique opportunity to become a top global destination for technology-based economic activity and key components of Pittsburgh’s efforts to become a world-class innovation city. The study – funded in part by the Heinz Endowments - focuses on Pittsburgh’s increasing ability to foster start-up ecosystems, identifies innovation neighborhood hubs, and outlines key questions to be addressed if the region is to remain an innovation job generator into the next decade and beyond.

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Three Ways to Make Equitable Development Work

By Angela Glover Blackwell

Everyone has a role in building a more inclusive and just society. Through its All-In Cities initiative, PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy organization focused on economic and social equity, assists government and civic leaders across the country in adopting equitable development policies and practices. In this web-only addition to our h magazine special issue “A Community of We,” PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell identifies key steps to ensuring that development efforts contribute to a better future for everyone.

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