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The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition Awarded Heinz Endowments Just Arts Grant

The Coalition will launch a public art billboard project in fall 2020 in partnership with
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition proudly announces a recent grant award of $150,000 from the Heinz Endowments new Just Arts program, an initiative that supports artists, organizations and communities who harness the power of the arts to respond to social issues affecting the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The Coalition, a member of the inaugural cohort of this initiative, will use the grant to support the Diversity Billboard Arts Project.

Curated by The Westmoreland Museum along with the billboard placements, the Coalition, in partnership with local universities and organizations, plans to host five to seven exhibitions featuring the billboard art at various sites throughout Westmoreland County and will offer related programming that will allow for deeper interaction and reflection on these works. Opening receptions for the exhibitions will provide the opportunity for the public to meet the artists behind the works appearing on the billboards. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, with an advisory team of community members, this public art project will display ten new works of art on billboards around Westmoreland County, inspired by the theme “Make Our Differences Our Strengths.”

A call for artists residing within the regional area will open within the next week with a submission deadline of April 1. We apologize for the delay. Artists will be required to submit images of prior work samples and provide their vision for the work of art they plan to create for this project. 

Click here for the call for artists submission information.