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2nd Annual Connecting PGH

So this event isn’t sponsored by PEAL, but we think it’s going to be great. And are you ready for this? You have the opportunity to network with people *gasp* outside of the arts. Think of the possibilities! We hope to see you there, too!

Event Announcement

By popular demand, our region’s dynamic young professionals, summer interns and employers will connect at the second annual New Pittsburgh Collaborative (NPC) HUB event. Join us on July 18th for this event co-presented by Vibrant Pittsburgh, The Regional Internship Center, ALPFA, and Chinese Association for Science and Technology – Pittsburgh (CAST-P) at the AlphaLab Accelerator space in South Side. This 2nd Annual Connecting PGH networking event features a keynote address by Terri Glueck, Director of Communications & Community Development at Innovation Works, an organization committed to growing diversity in our region’s workforce.

Date: Wednesday, July 18th
Time: 6PM to 8PM
Where: AlphaLab Technology Accelerator, 2325 E. Carson Street, Pgh, PA

Space is limited. Please register early at http://bit.ly/ConnectingPGH12

For more information, please call Vibrant Pittsburgh at 412-281-8600.

Thank you and we look forward to having you join us for this special event.


Join for a drink…or drink to join?

Join your fellow arts leaders for drinks and conversation at Round Corner Cantina on Monday, June 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm! Talk summer goals and projects, end of fiscal year wrap-up, or make a new friend.

Or, if you’re interested in joining the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Steering Committee (deadline June 15th–visit our post about it for more info), this is a great opportunity  grab a drink and talk to current members about their experiences with the group.

Round Corner Cantina: 3720 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Met-tricks! Data tools = RESULTS

Monday, May 7, 2012, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Hillman Center for Performing Arts
423 Fox Chapel Road, North Hills

Register online or call 412.394.3353


Numbers got you down? Learn tried-and-true tricks from the field as arts professionals present innovative ways to APPLY data. Four different arts professionals will share their experience, methods and metrics. Examples will include a regression model used to accurately predict attendance to performances in the Cultural District, ways to quantify your artistic impact on audiences, and practical examples of how to leverage The Cultural Data Project and the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database once you’ve entered your data.

Afterwards, stick around for an open forum allowing all attendees and panelists to explore the benefits and challenges data usage presents in the context of their organizations.and practical examples of how to leverage The Cultural Data Project and the Pittsburgh Arts Community Database once you’ve entered your data.

Register online or call 412.394.3353. $5 advanced, $7 at Door; includes two drink tickets and light bites.

National Emerging Leader Blog Salon – Begins Today

This week, join your arts peers around the country in a virtual conversation on Artsblog, where the Emerging Leaders Network will have a discussion about Leveraging Impact for the Future.  Americans for the Arts has invited leaders of local Emerging Leaders Networks across the country (just like Pittsburgh’s) to create blog posts that focused on the idea of change by examining four major areas of our work:  advocacy; civil discourse; public, private, and social sector partnerships; and nonprofit and arts leadership development.

This week, these bloggers will answer questions such as:

  •  How does your community spark development in the four areas of our work at the local level?
  • How can our organizations and communities leverage arts patronage and arts participation into broader community-based solutions to economic and social problems?
  • What actions must emerging leaders and networks take now to push the arts sector into a sustainable and socially meaningful future?
  • In what ways must tomorrow’s arts leaders also serve as community leaders?
  • Please read along, comment, and share your own thoughts along the way about what’s going on in your organizations and communities. We look forward to hearing what you all think!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Evans Hanson, Leadership Development Program Manager for Americans for the Arts, at 202.371.2830 or by email.

Networking as Community Building (or, Go to Arts Happy Hours!)

The Post-Gazette recently wrote an article about married and dating dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet.  One dancer explained the benefit of having a partner in the same profession: “I think to understand a dancer’s mind you either needed to have danced at one point in your life or [to] have grown up in a household where somebody did dance.”  I’m not suggesting that we marry or date other arts professionals in order to feel understood.  But I do think we should be open to befriending them.  My partner is not interested in what elements of an annual appeal should be done via paper and what should be done via email.  My colleagues at Arts Development Peers Coffee will get into the mud of these questions and splash around for half an hour. 

Networking is sometimes dismissed as an ugly concept, especially in the arts. In this caricature, junior associates or sycophantic up-and-comers wear their nicest clothes, shake hands with just the right amount of firmness, hand over their business cards, and with luck obtain a job offer, promotion, or business deal. Over the past year of attending networking and professional development events in the Pittsburgh arts community, I have come to see what is often called networking as something else: community building.  What we are doing when we have Happy Hours or Creative Conversations is not simply selling ourselves or our organizations to others.  We’re sharing skills and ideas, finding new partners for artistic and administrative collaborations, being inspired, and making friends.

Networking is not just for emerging arts leaders, job seekers, or newly hired former interns.  The arts community in Pittsburgh is small, but the more we seek each other out, the more internal connections we create between large and small organizations, small organizations and individual artists, mid-sized arts organizations and arts funders, the larger our community will be.  So next time you see a notice about a happy hour or a coffee conversation, go. Build a bridge that makes our community a little stronger.   

Interested in upcoming “networking” events?  Sign up for the GPAC newsletter here to receive regular updates.

A Full Ride to San Antonio’s Americans for the Arts Convention

Just b/c you’re new as an arts manager, doesn’t mean you can’t go to national conventions. You need ideas and connections arguably more! Apply for a scholarship to go to the American’s for the Arts Convention in San Antonio this June. Deadline tomorrow, February 24!

Seriously, cancel your evening plans and write this scholarship application. If you get it, you’ll get free airfare, hotel and convention registration. You can’t get it if you don’t apply.

Film Screening, Theater Night, and More

Check out these ways to connect with other young professionals in the coming weeks. Film screenings, theatre nights, and discussions about energy and immigration: http://www.newpittsburghcollaborative.org/announcements.html


YWCA Miss Representation Film Screening and Talk-Back, Feb 3rd
Don’t miss the YWCA’s screening of the nationally-buzzed-about, Sundance-featured documentary – Miss Representation!

Get a fresh look at how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to their underrepresentation in positions of power and influence. Discover how, together, we can effect change.

Presented by the YWCA and the YWCA Young Leaders Board in partnership with Point Park University

When: Friday, February 3, 2012

Reception: 5:15 – 6:15pm, Screening: 6:30pm, Panel Discussion: 8:15-9:30pm

Tickets: $50, $20, $5

More info: www.ywcapgh.org

Immigration Workshop 
Join Vibrant Pittsburgh, Cohen & Grigsby, GlobalPittsburgh and the Immigration Law Clinic for the February 22 Immigration Workshop, an event designed to help international students from the Pittsburgh Region navigate the transition from F1 to H1B visa. Students and graduates, university administrators and regional employers interested in connecting with international talent are all encouraged to join this event.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 3pm to 5pm with networking reception to follow

Where: University of Pittsburgh (University Club, Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA).

Cost: Free!

Register here

More information: Call Vibrant Pittsburgh at at 412-281-8600 or visit www.vibrantpittsburgh.org

Quarterly Event: Pittsburgh’s Energy Future – 2012
The Young Professionals in Energy Pittsburgh Section is hosting a unique roundtable discussion on the energy sector’s business outlook for the upcoming year. The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry on February 28th. Attendees at the event will experience a networking event, full dinner, and opportunity to ask questions of leading business minds in the region’s business sector after the main roundtable discussion. Last year’s event sold out quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat immediately.

When: February 28, 2012 – beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry

Cost: FREE
More Info and RSVP: Go to http://www.ypenergy.org/en/cev/1037

Through the Night – City Theater
This kinetic one-man show tells six intersecting stories about what it means to be a black man in America today. Equal parts poetry and soul, this virtuosic feat of acting portrays a range of eclectic characters – a precocious 10-year-old boy, an overweight bishop, a college student escaping the projects, and more. Each unforgettable voice reveals the hope, courage, and determination we all need to make it through the night. The New York Times calls Through the Night “a thing of beauty.”

When: Through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Where: City Theater Mainstage, 1300 Bingham St, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets and more info: www.citytheatrecompany.org 

February Happy Hour: Church Brew Works


This is the place...


Monday February 20 4:30-7:30



Start of your week on the right foot with a delicious brew while discussing and sharing your passion for the arts with other like minded artsy individuals.
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network (special thanks to The Church Brew Works)

Drink Specials 4:30-6:30
Or… stay and chow down on pizza until as late as 11:00

Holiday Parties, Professional Development and More

Looking for chances to meet other young professionals from the business and nonprofit communities? Be sure to check out this month’s listing of opportunities. This month’s listing includes:

These announcements are brought to you by the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, Where Young Professionals Connect. The New Pittsburgh Collaborative (NPC) is a diverse network of civically-engaged, young-minded organizations that encourages regional progress through sharing information, pooling resources and facilitating dialogue. We connect organizations and their members to each other, to the greater community and to relevant regional development initiatives, while serving as a central point of access and communication to and for young professional Pittsburgh.  Learn more at www.NewPittsburghCollaborative.org.

New Pittsburgh Collaborative H.U.B. Event

From our friends at New Pittsburgh Collaborative:

Strategic Volunteering: Turning Community Involvement

into Personal and Professional Success

Tuesday, December 6 (6-8 p.m.)

AVA Lounge

126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty

J’Burgh and the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh have teamed up with the New Pittsburgh Collaborative to bring you the latest H.U.B event. Please join us as we present, “Strategic Volunteering: Turning Community Involvement into Personal and Professional Success” on Tuesday, December 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. at AVA Lounge (126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty).

This is a great opportunity to network with young professionals in the Pittsburgh area, learn about volunteer opportunities with local organizations, and hear from a panel of community leaders about the importance of volunteering for personal and professional development.

The event is of no cost to you, but we do ask that you bring a small toy to donate to children in need in Allegheny County, or make a minimum $5 donation so a toy can be purchased to donate.

Please register online by following this linkhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFpMV2FnRk9iLU1ab1RZaGw4RGlXcFE6MQ#gid=0

Questions? Email Mahogany Thaxton (New Pittsburgh Collaborative) at MahoganyThaxton@bestbuddies.org, Sarah Heal (J’burgh) at sarah@hilleljuc.org, or Allyce Pinchback (ULYP) at  executivecoordinator@ulyppgh.org.

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