STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Starts Creativity
Project To Support Individual Artists in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry has been selected as the host institution for the pilot phase of the Creativity Project, a new initiative aimed at providing critical support for individual artists living and working in Pittsburgh.
Funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Creativity Project is the result of an extensive study of how the local environment fosters artistic creativity. Local artists and arts organizations delineated the opportunities and challenges that shape Pittsburgh's many "hot spots." They expressed a need for new strategies for cultivating innovation and broadening the base of support for their creative work throughout the city.
The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation requested proposals for the Creativity Project from nine cultural organizations in Pittsburgh before selecting the STUDIO, which has a history of supporting interdisciplinary artists and their projects, such as the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project and the Persephone Project.
"The STUDIO believes that artists can and do play a very significant role in transforming the region, especially if they are assisted in accessing tools, technology, advisors and resources of the larger community," said Margaret Myers, associate director of the STUDIO.
The STUDIO named Germaine Williams project director for the new program. A graduate of the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Williams is conducting doctoral research in the History Department on the intersection of arts and cultural initiatives and urban revitalization since World War II. Williams will research and implement ideas that enrich the environment for independent artists in Pittsburgh.
"We are pleased that the STUDIO's ongoing support of artists has been recognized by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, and that they have entrusted the Creativity Project to us," said Hilary Robinson, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts.