The designs competing to be Sprout's big 10th anniversary public art are ready to view -- and comment on -- here
. The work, which will adorn the side of 429 Fourth Avenue, across from the City-County Building, will be done by one of four artists (or artist pairs) to be selected next month. "We felt like this was a way to celebrate where we've been and maybe be a preview of what's to come," says Curt Gettman, Sprout's public art manager -- although that's still to be determined, he adds.
You'll start noticing the chosen artwork going up this spring or early summer; in the meantime, here are some of this week's other noteworthy developments in Pittsburgh philanthropy:
The EQT Foundation has given Family House
a new natural gas van to shuttle facility guests, who use its supportive and affordable housing while visiting local hospitals, to their medial appointments as well as stores and other locales, along with their families. The eco-friendly van, much more affordable to run than a traditional vehicle, will help Family House serve an additional 1,200 to 1,500 families each year.
--Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery from alcohol and drugs--is revamping its main office at 7501 Penn Avenue to add new day outpatient services. POWER is also consolidating its screening and assessment services into a new POWER Line: 412-243-8755. That should make it easier for women to start themselves on the road to recovery from addiction.
There's still time to register for the Feb. 25 teen writers' workshop on writing blogs, reviews, essays and other commentary from Luminari
, the local nonprofit that says it aims to "broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement." The workshop itself is all about turning 'tudes into tremendous prose that's publishable. Register for the one-day session for 8th through 12th graders here
or call 412-877-1888.
And finally: The second annual Celebration of African American Arts at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks on Feb. 19 will feature food, arts, crafts and a showcase for the art of Etta Cox, the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh, Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet and Ibeji Drum Ensemble. Topping it off will be Actors Civic Theater’s staged-reading performance of “Another August” by first-time playwright Charlene Donaghy. The play takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans and includes a finale by the East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. For tickets or information, call 412-771-3052 or visit here
. The Father Ryan Arts Center is a program of Focus on Renewal.
Writer: Marty Levine
Sources: The Sprout Fund, Family House, POWER, Luminari, the Father Ryan Arts Center