Chocolate Nutcracker will utilize the classical “Nutcracker” as a springboard to create a fresh, local interpretation of the iconic ballet. Directed by Norma Jean Barnes an African-American and intergenerational cast will celebrate the Nutcracker, Black and world culture with the purpose of building bridges of hope, love and compassion in Pittsburgh and the world! Auditions, rehearsal and performances (live and virtual) will take place The Pittsburgh Project on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
Relapse Prevention Group (Y12SR)
Group Therapy is a wonderful way to connect like minds together in collective support of your healthier future. Yoga Recovery Pittsburgh is an affiliate of Y12SR, a program that combines the fundamentals of the 12-step method with trauma healing, cognitive reprogramming, and the art and science of yoga.
Reiki is an energetic healing regimen that rebalances the body, mind, and spirit. It is a beautiful complement to yoga as a discipline, and has profound effects on mental health. Reiki mitigates withdrawal symptoms, assists with chronic illness, and relieves trauma and stress.
For more intensive, community-based programming based in alternative healing methods, consider a weekend getaway to set intentions and make concrete plans for your recovery journey.
Since 2016, Anthropology of Motherhood has provided ongoing curation of artwork and design that engages in the complex visual, material, emotional, corporeal and lived experiences of motherhood, care-giving, parenting, nurturing and maternal labor. As an annual hybrid amenity/exhibit at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, our message and aesthetic of the Culture of Care has reached thousands of viewers, instilling the value of caregivers and the importance of prioritizing compassion and care in our daily lives. Our exhibits have traveled to McDonough Museum of Art, Sleeth Gallery and will be exhibiting at Dyers Art Center in Rochester, NY in 2023. With support from the Opportunity Fund (Pittsburgh) and in collaboration with the City of Asylum, we recently concluded our speaker series, Culture of Care inviting artist-caregivers from around the world to share where caregiving and receiving intersects with their practice.
We are excited to announce a partnership with Amherst College Press to develop a full color edited volume of Anthropology of Motherhood with an expected publish date of Fall 2026, in time for our 10th year anniversary.Your generous support will allow us to continue our work through exhibits, programs, and our upcoming book.
Gallery Closed is a unique public-facing experimental art space in Troy Hill, Pittsburgh, run by artists Phillip Andrew Lewis and Lenka Clayton. Conceived during the pandemic, the gallery is designed to be permanently “closed”, yet at the same time continuously open.
All exhibited work can only be viewed through two street-facing windows, the door always remains closed. At night the gallery is brightly lit, so that artwork is visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Gallery Closed is for everyone and specifically embraces its accidental audience of neighborhood passers-by.
Gallery Closed’s first season featured the work of 27 internationally renowned artists including Philip Glass, widely regarded as one of the most influential living musical composers, photographer and MacArthur fellow Deborah Willis, and Pulitzer Prize winning artist Raven Chacon.
We are now fundraising to commission site-specific solo exhibitions by four artists/artist teams for Gallery Closed Season Two.
YogaRoots On Location, LLC® leads embodied antiracist organizing through Raja yoga.
We aim to meet people where they are and offer AntiRacist professional development, integrative group and individual yoga classes, and Certified AntiRacist Raja Yoga Teacher Training across the country. Collective liberation is our path to healing. It is our dream to recognize our humanity and find the courage to end systems of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism, together.
We see Integrative Raja Yoga as a path to do so.
Yoga Teacher Training – Teaching yoga through a social justice framework.
YogaRoots On Location ® Certified Yoga Teacher Training is an antiracist and social justice yoga teacher training offered through the Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification. This year-long training integrates systems-based and trauma-informed frameworks with the Raja Yoga 8-Limbed Path practices of behavioral observances and restraints, movement, breath awareness, sensory awareness, concentration, meditation, and divine purpose while centering Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
YROL curates spaces for folks to vulnerably share and explore the impact of systemic and internalized oppression. We teach the Raja Yoga path as a way to sustain this work. YROL is seeking fiscal sponsorship to pursue grant funding that will offset Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) tuition and Continuing Education costs for adults and youth of the Global Majority and those facing financial barriers to pursuing YTT.
Birth Your Way exists to connect expecting parents to community resources to support and educate expecting parents of their options to having a healthy and successful pregnancy and delivery.
To further support Black and Minority maternal health, Birth Your Way is fundraising to provide scholarships for Black midwives in Pittsburgh. The scholarship covers tuition fees for Black women to attend Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, a Black midwife college designed to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become highly competent midwives. We are asking community members, partners, and leaders to invest in the future of Black birth and make this dream a reality.
The 2019 Pittsburgh Gender Equality Report revealed that Black women’s maternal mortality rate is higher in Pittsburgh than in 97% of similar cities. Black birthing women are dying from complications that are 60% preventative compared to white counterparts. Unfortunately, in a city with merits for being medically advanced with superior health care systems, Black birthing women are not reaping the benefit of being residents in the most livable city. Pittsburgh is rated as one of the worst cities for Black women to give birth.
Racism, blatant, passive-aggressive, microaggressions, and complicit biases directly correlate between Black women and infants dying or surviving. Since the Gender Equality release, many organizations have attempted to combat these statistics with new doula community programs, town hall meetings, and other services created to address this national health crisis.
Kiva Pittsburgh helps financially excluded entrepreneurs fund their dreams by providing access to 0% interest capital and a community of 1.8 million supportive lenders. Over 200 businesses in Southwestern Pennsylvania have received Kiva loans!
New Sun Rising partnered with Kiva and the Segal Family Foundation to establish this service in the Pittsburgh market.
#TOYZSTEAM Dah-Varsity Scholars is a fiscally sponsored program focused on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) creator industry.
We also foster entrepreneurship, and improve economic mobility in disadvantaged populations, by empowering people to be the superhero version of themselves, through training and multi-generational mentorship.
We have created a virtual adult workforce training course with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), providing students with laptops, internet access, and hardware, along with books and materials.
These students use our Dah-Varsity app, our anti-bullying song created with the music department at Carnegie Mellon University, “Stop The Bullying,” along with our teaching materials, to deliver STEAM programming to middle school and high school students, in an after-school setting.
Our program uses digital storytelling, 3D modeling, game design, coding, audio production, music, and entrepreneurship to teach students how to create, sell, and tell their stories through designing and manufacturing superhero toys.
Our purpose is to reduce poverty and build gender equity by providing networking, professional mentoring, and education to women experiencing economic hardship.
PARTICIPANTS: WIN will connect participants with an individual in the desired field to offer advice and assistance as it relates to personal and professional growth. Participants will receive a minimum of 1-year support and connection to professional experts in the areas of business and career mentoring, resume review and writing services, personal finance education and support, education about homeownership, and assistance in locating relevant resources such as insurance, professional attire, along with services such as career advancement opportunities.
All projects are charitable in nature and fall in line with section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for our sponsors, donors, and grantors.
Flourish Ed is a fiscally sponsored educational outreach program in collaboration with the founders of Strong Ambitious Women, Kind-R-Garden and The Pittsburgh Village Project.
The mission of this program is to develop and implement a framework for conscious teaching and learning in a post pandemic world. We reimagine the present by nourishing a positive self and community image in support of a flourishing future. Through focusing on soft skills and creative resilience, students grow as meaningful contributors and impactful leaders whose radiance promotes the growth of their communities.
Our goal is to reimagine education to be authentic. We aim to empower learners to be creative contributors through a focus on social and emotional wellness and project-based learning, while nourishing a positive self and community image. By cultivating leadership, learners will be active participants in engaging and empowering their social circles to be positive catalysts for change.
Kate’s Kid Book Bash is a children’s book festival featuring a book sale and signing with some of today’s most influential children’s authors and illustrators. The event, which benefits Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, will be held at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty. A 2021 date is soon to be announced. The festival is made possible with the support of Pittsburgh independent bookseller Riverstone Books.
Kate’s Kid Book Bash is named after beloved Pittsburgh children’s author Kate Dopirak, who lost her life to a neurodegenerative disorder at the age of 43.