Free NSR Workshop
Are you an entrepreneur with a community project or business idea for Wilkinsburg? We invite anyone with an idea to positively impact the community to register for the free Ignite Wilkinsburg workshop. We are now accepting registrations; deadline is Thurs Dec 1st.
Early stage organizations and those beginning to develop their idea are encouraged to apply. We’re especially interested in projects that address the following areas of importance as identified by the Wilkinsburg community: Community Awareness + Engagement, Arts + Culture, Vacant Properties + Lots, Main Street Business Development, and Education.
With this workshop, mentors will help you build the confidence, plans & network of resources necessary to succeed. Ignite is the first phase of our Community MODE program, a multi-faceted approach which follows with a 12-month Launch MODE incubator & ongoing Grow MODE services.
Sat Dec 3, 10am-2pm, at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave, Wilkinsburg. Free lunch & childcare with RSVP. We look forward to helping you ignite, launch & grow! For more information contact: email@example.com or call Scott at 412-855-7433.
Ignite Wilkinsburg is made possible through the support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and in partnership with the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce.
What challenges will you face under the new administration? What will you do in the first #100days to support and protect what’s most important? ACT & tweet your idea, like cartoonist Joe Wos (“100 days, that’s 100 cartoons. Exercising free speech and keeping Trump in check.”) & non-profit marketer Sara Innamorato (“I’m going to spend my free time getting women to run for office.”) MEET with others in your community who are ready to take action. Join a #100days Meetup group to host your own gathering or attend one on the calendar. GIVE via Crowdrise & support issues most important to you small-scale solutions in your community. The Sprout Fund has committed $100,000 to support community-led projects in Pittsburgh. Share your idea using the hashtag #100days and your project could get wings!
Mark Your Calendar
Metamorphosis presents “She’s Got Her Wings: Turning Trauma Into Triumph,” a riveting performing arts monologue show — for women, by women — one night only at the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center. Six women translate life experiences into creative, dramatic & inspiring performances. Using the life cycle of the butterfly as creative inspiration, the performances are motivated by the desire to encourage, uplift & inspire other women that may be “lost in translation” from silently suffering. Sat Jan 13. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets $20 advance, $25 door. Supported in part by a One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant.
“Ignite is truly a blessing to the 18 neighborhoods in the Northside.”
Caught on Video
Program manager Ebony McQueen-Harris (above) recaps this year’s impactful Ignite Northside program in the latest video on our channel. NSR collaborated with Riverside Center for Innovation to provide training for businesses and community projects in the Northside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Ignite Northside workshops & 12-week business training program helped more than 60 leaders get organized, connected to resources and collaborating with peers in alignment with the One Northside Plan. The program was supported by the Buhl Foundation.
Meet Our New Fiscally Sponsored Projects
The Black Unicorn Library & Archives Project is a library & archive meeting at the intersection of literacy, art & history, focusing on the contributions of Black women, queer & trans people of color. The Black Unicorn’s Pop-Up Reading Room is an installation/intervention which serves as a catalytic space for learning, exchange, dialogue & growth through reading & art. The Reading Room features a well curated collection of books, zines & other publications, plus an audio installation of interviews, readings & music, and is hosted in Allentown through the support of INdustry on INdustry program.
Petticoat Rule is an audio media source in the form of a podcast that focuses on females involved in music in Pittsburgh, with dialogue & content concentrating on the dynamics of the creative process & habits for successful productivity. Guests include women singer/songwriters, vocal coaches, music educators, & opera/spoken word performers.
Pittsburgh Climate Change Crankie tells the story of Pittsburgh’s environmental evolution through the history of one small house — via an archaic Appalachian entertainment device. The crankie is a manually powered paper panoramic illustration that tells a story as it scrolls. The Climate Change Crankie is a bridge to conversations about Pittsburgh’s industrial history, its environmental legacy & man’s role in its brighter future. Live performances, hands-on activities & audience cooperation are on the Crankie agenda.
Pittsburgh Women MAKE it is a blog which highlights the women makers & artists in our community, including fiber/fashion, jewelry, dance, tattoos & sound design.
Protecting Girty’s Run is an effort to create a local amenity that will benefit the environment and the citizens of Millvale & Reserve. In addition to being a recreation space, the wooded hillside to the north of Millvale mitigates the stormwater problems in Girty’s Run & reduces air pollution. The goal of this project is to protect greenspace around Girty’s Run and promote public access.
Pretty Up Beechview is a community group dedicated to maintaining and beautifying the neighborhood of Beechview through litter clean-up, dump site clean-up, billboard garden-tending, and nature trail maintenance. Through our efforts and in partnership with other community organizations, it is our goal to create a sense of neighborhood environmental stewardship for all Beechview residents. The neighborhood of Beechview has weathered a generation of real estate neglect, especially along its business corridor in vacant lots and untended public spaces. Pretty Up Beechview is the newly designated stewards of the Beechview Community Garden and a vacant lot on Beechview Ave, part of the main business corridor. As we work toward plans for Beechview’s future, control of blight is crucial to the growth of the neighborhood.
NSR Open Office Hours
NSR’s next open office hours session for fiscally sponsored/MODE leaders will move to Tupelo Honey Teas on Tues Dec 6 from 6-8pm.