Monday, September 5, 2011

Pittsburgh Arts Watch: A Watchdog Group Re Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Civic Light, Opera, Ballet Theatre

I came across an interesting site today by the name of Pittsburgh Arts Watch which is run by IATSE Local #3.

A Watchdog Group is being formulated by workers that feel they are squeezed and overlooked by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and its Resident Organizations comprising of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

The goal is simple – it is educational fact finding on the finances of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and its Resident Organizations. The information on the Site is provided for educational and/or informational purposes only. The Group will examine financial reports and track records. It will look at factors such as Executive Compensation, Public and Private Organization-subsidized activities. It will further take into closer scrutiny how Grant money is utilized through the hard working tax dollars that are received from the State and County. The uses and potential questionable uses of monies of the Cultural Trust and resident organizations that are received by citizens, donors, Private Companies, Grants through state funded tax dollars and others.

more info here.

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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 artist advocate rick byerly.