IMPACT STATEMENT

TOTAL PEOPLE IMPACTED
INDIVIDUALS: 350+
:: Artists: 18
:: Curators: 6
:: Administrative Team: 5
:: Audiences
: East Liberty 60
: Northside 55
: Hill District 90
:: Others
: Tell Us A Story booths and field interviews: 20
: Rehearsal walk-bys/walk-ins: 20
: Artist workshop participants: 15 (3 overlap with “Artists”)
: Pittsburgh Mini-Maker Faire: 50 direct participants + all Faire attendees who passed by

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: 6 organizations/businesses
:: Friendship Development Associates
:: Townhouse
:: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
:: Zero Fossil
:: Alco Parking Corporation
:: Olivet Baptist Church

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED: $10,852

PROJECT OUTCOMES:

Second Steel resulted in the creation of three very different site-based performances about revitalization and urban space use, affecting project participants, audiences, and community partners in the process of creation and performance. For project participants, outcomes included performance opportunities, and practically gained experience working site-responsively and developing and navigating cross-sector partnerships. Multiple relationships between artists grew out of Second Steel as well, as future collaborations were discussed between local and newcomer participants. Our 200-plus audience members were exposed to original, free performance works and new artists. Post-performance audience surveys showed that the performances, while not necessarily causing conscious shifts in audience perspectives when it comes to revitalization, got audiences thinking about the topic; and the performances did shift perspectives on specific Pittsburgh neighborhoods and spaces. The impact on Second Steel’s community partners varied widely based on the partner’s participation in the project. Types of impact included exposure for the partner’s business or organization, new partnerships with artists and communities, experience in collaborating across sectors, and new tools for engaging communities and fostering dialogue. Everybody who came in contact with the project—whether as an active creator, partner, or observer—got to see cross-sector partnerships at work, and directly experience the potential in this increasingly important method of cultural organizing and collective action.