Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Sprout Fund Spring Biodiversity Program

The Sprout Fund Spring Program is a funding stream to support local biodiversity initiatives in 2011. Supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation, this new program will catalyze community-based projects in Allegheny County, Westmoreland County, and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania with small grants of up to $20,000.

Biodiversity, or the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital resources our lives depend on. The loss of biodiversity, due in part to human activity, has greatly accelerated. These irreversible losses impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on every day.

By supporting two classes of projects, $5,000 awards and $20,000 awards, Spring will catalyze the execution of 20 community‐based projects that creatively address the challenges we face and inspire a greater stewardship of our region’s natural resources. The following examples are good benchmarks for the anticipated size and scope of Spring Awards:

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday September 24, 2010.

more info here.

The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20, 2007.pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com.the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh art advocate rick byerly, www.RickByerly.com.

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