A press release says the initiative works to "encourage local residents to become better acquainted with their work and the contributions of Black organizations to the region’s cultural landscape."
Chosen organizations, both established and newer to the scene, received unrestricted grants ranging from $150,000 to $1 million, and have been invited to participate in additional programming to "further support and honor Black cultural institutions across the region."
"These 16 organizations, representing an expansive and growing cadre of Black-led cultural institutions throughout the region, were identified as leaders in producing work that centers and advances Black culture, thought, creative practice, and communities in southwestern Pennsylvania," it reads.
Awardees include a number of organizations representing theater, visual art, music, dance, and more. Some of the awarded organizations will celebrate Black Philanthropy Month with their own events. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, for example, will, on Sat., Aug. 13, host a dance showcase from its Alloy School, and its regular Let's Move! Family Dance Party.
Other highlighted recipients include the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for its permanent exhibition August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape, and PearlArts Studios, a dance-focused arts organization set to perform a showcase on Fri., Aug. 26 at Kelly Strayhorn.
Awards also went to 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, which will stage its latest play Jitney in the Hill District. Also receiving awards are the Afrika Yetu Arts Center, Afro American Music Institute, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, Hill Dance Academy Theatre, Kente Arts Alliance, Legacy Arts Project, Manchester Bidwell Corporation, New Horizon Theater, Ujamaa Collective, and Women of Visions.