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Contact:
Lisa Kirchner
412-268-1356

For immediate release:
November 4, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Classes Assist Family Services of Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh—The Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management has selected The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Calliope House, Inc., Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society to participate in INTER-Art, a Web database project funded by a grant from The Heinz Endowments.

Through the INTER-Art project (Initiating New Technology and E-Resources in Art), the CAMT will provide regional arts and culture organizations with Web database solutions to help them develop stronger bonds with their members, patrons, students and audiences.

Participants were chosen for demonstrating innovative ideas that could become national models. The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh plans to develop an online class registration system to be used for their Summer Choral Institute. Calliope House, Inc. and Phipps Conservatory both chose to enable an online service for class registration, membership and donations. The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society's project will create online interactive music activities for use with local middle schools. CAMT will be able to provide this technology at a much lower cost than commercial vendors.

"Internet technology is an area in which many nonprofit organizations struggle to stay current," said Jerry Coltin, executive director of CAMT. "The for-profit sector has the resources to offer Web services that make online shopping or purchasing easier, which means arts and cultural institutions often aren't competing on a level playing field."

To contact INTER-Art call Mira Angelova, CAMT project manager, at 412-268-3695.

About CAMT

CAMT was established in 1997 at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in response to the professional arts community's significant interest in more sophisticated applied research into arts management issues, opportunities and challenges, including market research, communications strategies and systems, decision-support systems, and information and computer technology. CAMT is dedicated to research initiatives that are meaningful and useful to arts managers.

About The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. Committed to helping its region thrive as a whole community—economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally —the foundation works with Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic foundations in the country, the endowments awarded more than $55 million in grants in 2001.

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