Friday, July 15, 2011

Sprout Fund to Announce Major Downtown Public Art Project

Sprout Fund to Announce Major Downtown Public Art Project
National Call for Artists for Large-scale Work

PITTSBURGH, July 13, 2011 - In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Sprout Fund will announce a $100,000 public art project to be sited in a prominent Downtown Pittsburgh location in 2012. An announcement event will be held on Tuesday, July 19th at the Easy Street restaurant located at 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre, Downtown. Details regarding the project and call for artists will be made available at that time. Attendees to the event will include Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Office of Public Art Director Renee Piechocki and other local leaders.

Since 2003, The Sprout Fund has collaborated with communities and artists to create more than 50 enduring works of public art that enhance the urban landscape and consider the people of the community, their history and their vision for the future. Sprout encourages dialogue on public art, contributes to community and neighborhood development, and raises awareness about the important role that artists can have in shaping communities. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, The Sprout Fund has turned its sights to Downtown Pittsburgh to create a significant work of public art.

Founded in 2001, Sprout is designed to facilitate community-led solutions to regional challenges and supports efforts to create a thriving, progressive, and culturally diverse region. With strong working relationships to many community organizations and regional stakeholders, The Sprout Fund is one of Southwestern Pennsylvania's leading agencies on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding.
WHO: The Sprout Fund
WHAT: Announcement of Major Downtown Public Art Project
WHEN: Tuesday, July 19 from 4:30-6pm (Announcement at 5:15pm)
WHERE: Easy Street, 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre, Downtown
Available for Interviews:

* Cathy Lewis Long, Sprout Fund Executive Director
* Curt Gettman, Sprout Public Art Manager
* Renee Piechocki, Pittsburgh Office of Public Art

Cathy Lewis Long Curt Gettman
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