Current Opportunities

September 2017

Employment Opportunities

Pittsburgh Public Schools is hiring a Coordinator, Visual Arts and Design

Provide leadership and support to district’s Arts Education Department with researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive, cutting-edge visual arts and media arts programs. The Coordinator will contribute to improving teaching quality to further student arts learning throughout the District. Candidate must be committed to continuous improvement with the fundamental goal of advancing student achievement in an urban public school district.

Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra is hiring a Music Director & Conductor

As we announced at the May 2017 concert, Music Director & Conductor John Wilcox will step down at the end of the 2017-18 season. He will go out with a bang on our 2018 Concert Tour of Central Europe which will surely be an unforgettable 12th and final season with TRYPO. And so while we celebrate this final season, we also begin the process of our search for a new Music Director who will “take the baton” with the 2018-19 season. While this individual will be a key TRYPO team member, this position is part time (mostly on Saturdays during the school year, with some additional office/prep and planning time during school year/summer).

Professional Learning Opportunities, Events, and Conferences

Regional Arts Education Day – registration closes October 3  (October 9, 2017)


Context Conference: Data Fluency for Teaching & Learning (October 2-4, 2017)

2017 PAEA CONFERENCE in PITTSBURGH (October 20, 21 & 22, 2017)

Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium (November 2, 2017)

Free Teacher’s Make Date at Society for Contemporary Craft (November 10, 2017 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.)

Teachers for grades 6 and up are invited to join Contemporary Craft for food, drink, art and exchange! Professional artists and curatorial staff will guide participants through a tour of the exhibit, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home, followed by a hands-on embroidery activity. Learn about group programs for your students that will enhance understanding of the arts and social justice and receive a free curriculum guide to help facilitate conversations in your classroom. Contact Natalie Sweet at or by phone at 412-261-7003 x 26 for additional
information or to register today.

CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place in Pittsburgh! (March 14 – 17, 2018) There is also a Regional Juried K-12 exhibit, more information is below in the student opportunities section.

Pittsburgh Glass Center Act 48 Credit (ongoing)

Pittsburgh Glass Center offers Act 48 credit for classes and workshops! Call Ashley at 412-365-2145 x210 for more details on Act 48 and Traveling Tours.


Student Opportunities

Regional Juried K-12 Exhibition as Part of NCECA’s Annual Conference

Because of the strong K-12 ceramic community here in Pittsburgh, NCECA Pittsburgh will be hosting a Regional Juried K-12 Exhibit.

  • Open to all K-12 students in Allegheny County.
  • Entry deadline early February.
  • More information coming shortly.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase your students’ work.

For further information about the Regional K-12 show, or to volunteer to help, contact any member of the committee below:

Chair, Betsy Huffman:

Co-Chairs, Donna Hetrick:; Cynthia Blackwell:; Christy Culp :

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Youth Advisory Board

Do you know a pre-teen who loves theater or the arts?  Submit your recommendation so they can be part of the Youth Advisory Board for the EQT Bridge Theater Series, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust!  The EQT Bridge Theater Series was created to bring seriously adventurous theater to Pittsburgh for kids who feel they’ve outgrown the programming on our Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series.  For more information about the EQT Bridge Theater Series, please visit

The Youth Advisory Board will bring together 15-20 young people with wide-ranging backgrounds to give feedback about the shows on the EQT Bridge Theater Series.  Youth board members will also share what types of relevant, exciting theater experiences they are looking for in the future.

All members of the Youth Advisory Board will receive two free tickets to each show on the 2017-2018 season of the EQT Bridge Theater Series.  The Youth Advisory Board will meet three times per year in the Cultural District in the fall, winter, and spring.  The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 5th at 2:00pm.  Meeting details will be confirmed with the selected members of the board.

Eligible students will be ages 7-13 and must have some interest in the arts.  We are committed to building a diverse Youth Advisory Board and strongly encourage recommendations for minority candidates, individuals with disabilities, and candidates from other underrepresented groups.  To recommend a pre-teen for this program, please complete this recommendation form by Friday, October 20th.  You can also share this parent/guardian recommendation form with the student’s guardian to complete instead.  Please contact Kelsey Ford with any questions at or 412-471-3125.

Heathery Breeze

In-school, educational performances of Western Pennsylvania’s heritage of traditional Scottish and Irish Bagpipe music and dance. DVDs and study guides are available to accompany this unique in-school experience.

Performances include introductions and stories by Piper George Balderose (Executive Director, Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming), piping by students of The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming, and dancing by students of The Conroy-Burke School of Irish Dance and The Erskine School of Scottish Dance.

For more information or to book, contact George Balderose at or 412 323-2707.

Prime Stage Theatre will once again offer its popular Student Matinee Series of performances during the 2017-2018 school year.

Educational Field Trip matinees are a great way to introduce middle and high school students to the magic of live theater. Matinees include curriculum guides and post-show discussions.

All performances will be held at The New Hazlett Theater Center for Performing Arts on Pittsburgh’s North Side (6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, 15212).  Seats are $10 each, with one complimentary teacher/chaperon seat provided for every 20 student tickets purchased.

Performances run approximately two hours,15 minutes.  Groups are encouraged (but not required) to stay for a short chat session after each performance.  Student matinee performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

All Quiet on the Western Front – November 7, 8, and 9, 2017
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – March 13, 14, and 15, 2018
The Diary of Anne Frank – May 8, 9, and 10, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:  Reservations will be taken, via email and phone (email preferred), beginning on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.   NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN BEFORE THIS DATE!  Please DO NOT mail in your order form until you have checked with Mary Windstein, Education Box Office Manager, regarding the availability of seats.  (Reservations will be taken in the order received.)  Please be sure to include both your students and your chaperons in your count!

Funding Opportunities

GPAC’s Lift Grant (Applications are due October 27, 2017)

The goal of Lift Grants is to fund artist-led projects that will create or sustain career momentum for the artists and organizations creating the work.

Aaron Copeland Fund for Music (Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on October 31, 2017)

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is accepting applications to the supplemental grant program. This program is designed to support nonprofit organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music but whose needs are not addressed by the fund’s programs of support for performing organizations and recording projects, such as presenters, festivals, and music service organizations (including education/residency, library/archive and radio/TV). Grants awarded may be for either general operating support or for special projects.

Varied and Miscellaneous Opportunities

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, has new space that is available for rent. A great opportunity for staff retreats, field trips, or personal events.

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