Community Collaborations Attract National Attention

By January 31, 2020 Newsletters
Angela Biederman's Untitled Bottle Car during the Alloy Pittsburgh 2018 opening reception.

Community partnerships have always been one of Rivers of Steel’s core values. In fact, it’s the primary way Rivers of Steel works to showcase our region’s assets, tell its stories, and foster economic redevelopment. That’s why we’re so excited to share news of two recent collaborations that have a stamp of approval from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

For Educators

National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Workshop

July 12 – 18 and July 19 – 25, 2020

Through a partnership with the Archives & Special Collections Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Rivers of Steel is offering an NEH-funded Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop entitled The Homestead Strike & the Growth of America as an Industrial Power.

Educators from across the country can apply to attend one of two occurrences of this workshop in July of 2020. Selected recipients will receive a travel stipend and will be treated to a host of scholarly discussions from local and national authors and experts on the topic.
Immersive Workshop Info
Detail photo of Katie Rearick's installation entitled remediation for alloy pittsburgh 2018

Detail photo of Katie Rearick’s installation entitled Remediation for Alloy Pittsburgh 2018

For Artists

National Endowment for the Arts-funded Residency

Alloy Pittsburgh, Summer 2020

We’re also excited to share that Rivers of Steel has been approved to receive a $35,000 Arts Works grant from the NEA to support the expansion of Alloy Pittsburgh 2020, a site-specific art exhibition at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

With the funding from the Art Works grant, Alloy Pittsburgh 2020 will reach beyond the walls of the Carrie Blast Furnaces to place resident artists in the neighboring communities of Braddock, Hazelwood, Homestead, Rankin, and Swissvale—deepening the reach and the impact of the Alloy artists’ work in the Mon River Valley.

Check out this recent article by the National Park Service detailing Alloy Pittsburgh 2020 or read the press release about the Art Works grant.

Call for Educators & Artists

Apply to Participate

Deadlines are February 7 for Alloy Pittsburgh and March 1 for the NEH Workshop

It’s not too late to participate in these programs!

The deadline for artists to apply to Alloy Pittsburgh 2020 is approaching fast on February 7th, but the submission process is not daunting. Read the request for proposals here.
Teachers, librarians, museum educators, and the like are encouraged to apply here before March 1, 2020 for consideration of participation in the Homestead Steel Strike workshop.

Artist Application
Educator Application

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