I’m very pleased to announce that I received an Individual Artist Grant through Investing in Professional Artists, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. The $10,000 award is in support of the recording project I announced this fall in collaboration with IonSound Project and PARMA Recordings that will explore my visual arts-inspired chamber music. Of course, everyone involved in this complex project is thrilled and, in keeping with the whole “This may not be a pipe dream after all” theme, I’ve scheduled two days of studio time at Audible Images in September.
The large chunk of cash is definitely a huge step toward completing this recording and multimedia project, but I’m also extremely grateful for the professional recognition that comes from the rigorous application process. According to the official press release,
“…applications to the Investing in Professional Artists program were received from 161 individuals and organizations from 22 cities and towns across six counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. A peer review process with regional and national experts from a variety of artistic disciplines considered applications and recommended grants to 10 artists and three organizations based on work quality and the potential of the proposed project to advance an artist’s career. Grantees include established and emerging artists working in visual arts, multimedia, dance, music, theater and literature.”
So this is a big deal at many levels and without a doubt, a very significant milestone in my professional life. It’s encouraging that The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation have partnered for this important program that recognizes the vitality of Pittsburgh’s arts scene. This is an exciting time to be an artist in Pittsburgh as the region’s identity as a center for innovation in technology and the arts seems to be both taking root and taking off. And the album we are planning embodies this moment in many ways. In fact, one of the things I find most exciting about the planned program is how the different pieces emerged organically from a vibrant creative community.
And speaking of the album, we still have a lot of money to raise in order to get the project over the finish line. Happily, you can continue to make tax deductible donations through my Fractured Atlas project page. Every little bit helps us get closer to reaching our artistic goals, so please consider making a donation, and thanks in advance.