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Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art Announce Keyword: International Awardees

23 May 2018

Twenty micro–grants to the arts community to creatively research the many meanings of “international” for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, PA… The Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art proudly announce the first Keyword: International micro–grant awardees. Keyword: International is a collaborative initiative to creatively define Pittsburgh as an international city at this moment in time. The initiative launched in January 2018 with a community forum, introducing the vision for the program and its interrelated activities: research, a public symposium, and a publication. Pittsburgh’s arts activators—organizations large and small, curators and programmers—were encouraged to submit to an open call for research proposals.

Twenty $1,500 micro–grants have been awarded to support creative research that explores the meaning of “international” in terms of audience and mission, vision or aspiration.

“It’s inspiring to have received such a strong response to this unique initiative. Thanks to all who contributed, the submissions reflect a diversity of forms of cultural engagement, wide community representation, and multi–faceted approaches to research. Keyword: International is already a fascinating picture of the creative work being done in Pittsburgh today.”

–janera solomon
Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Over 50 applicants submitted proposals from over 20 zip codes and neighborhoods across Pittsburgh. A review panel including community members Yona Harvey (poet/professor, University of Pittsburgh), Jake Goodman (Executive Director, The Opportunity Fund), and Justin Strong (General Manager, Spirit) considered as key criteria the imaginative potential of the research to connect with ideas, communities, and urgent conversations.

Keyword: International awardees will present their findings at a lively public forum and celebration on October 20, 2018. In culmination, a commissioned text based on the research findings will be published in the 2018 Carnegie International catalogue. One of the most historic exhibitions of contemporary art in the world, the Carnegie International has been taking place at Carnegie Museum of Art since 1896, making a unique catalyst for Keyword: International.

Keyword: International Awardees
Organization Project Lead
FashionAFRICANA Demeatria Boccella
FlowerHouse Naomi Chambers
#BTS: Mapping Female and Non-binary Networks in AV Culture Lauren Goshinski
Braddock Community Oven Shauna Kearns
Office of Public Art Rachel Klipa
Casey Droege Cultural Productions Johanna Lasner and Casey Droege
#notwhite collective Christiane Leach
City of Asylum Henry Reese
The Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project Bekezela Mguni
Working-Class Media Project Benjamin Ogrodnik
Silver Eye Center for Photography David Oresick
Spaces Corners Ed Panar
Intersection*ology Kendra Ross with Lori Hepner
Artist Residency at Pittsburgh International Airport Blaine Siegel
Fairy Fantastic! Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp
Braddock Carnegie Library + Transformazium Ruthie Stringer
General Sisters Ginger Brooks Takahashi
The Black Draft Dawn Weleski and Justin Strong
Afronaut(a) Alisha Wormsley

Keyword: International is generously supported by The Benter Foundation and The Fine Foundation.

Keyword: International

  • A catalyst for creative research and conversation
  • A community-building project and celebration
  • A collaborative initiative of Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art
  • A Congress!

Awardee Profiles

Bunker Projects

Bunker Projects is a non-profit artist residency and experimental gallery that serves as a platform for emerging artists to develop their practice and create new works for exhibition. By providing an immersive live/work space alongside intimate cultural programming, Bunker Projects fosters a spirit of innovative support and connect artists with Pittsburgh’s active and growing arts community.


FashionAFRICANA (FA) is a global event series created by Demeatria Boccella that celebrates the African diaspora through design, beauty and art. Collaborating with fashion designers and artists from around the world, FA has created and presented new work in costume design, photography, sculpture and performance.


FlowerHouse is a community art studio that seeks to give people space and resources to create, exhibit, and make a living by creating and being around other creators. FlowerHouse seeks to engage Pittsburgh’s black communities, providing them with a life changing art diet that nourishes them on their path to healing and vitality.

Lauren Goshinski

Lauren Goshinski is a creative director who works at the intersection of music, performance, and the moving image. For the past 10 years, she has curated and produced audio–visual festivals and event series, tour visuals, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, conference symposia, and new work commissions that showcase emerging and critical voices and technologies. She is the co–founder of Pittsburgh’s VIA Festival and girlFx collective, DJ, and fellow at Frank–Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry.

Braddock Community Oven (BCO)

Braddock Community Oven (BCO) is a permanent, shared resource for residents of 15104. It’s fired monthly for community pizza nights and oven firing workshops and used by the Braddock Youth Project (BYP). Its 2015 construction was fueled by local support, apprentices at The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh and community oven facilitator Shauna Kearns. The mission of the BCO is to provide a space for residents of 15104 to gather, make food, and connect with neighbors.

Office of Public Art (OPA)

The Office of Public Art (OPA) expands the range of possibilities for artists to engage communities through technical assistance, educational programs, commissions, and residencies in the public realm. OPA’s work explores and pushes what the possibilities of public art can be, and how it can facilitate meaningful change to improve communities and public spaces in the Pittsburgh region. OPA’s audience includes artists, community members, and private citizens throughout the region who seek to be part of civic dialogue and shape the places in which they live.

Casey Droege Cultural Productions

Casey Droege Cultural Productions is an artist–run/woman–owned business dedicated to building the Pittsburgh arts community by offering accessible, quality art experiences that connect the local and the global, encourage the growth of a local arts economy, and build a diverse arts audience. Along with their keystone programs, CDCP supports creatives and businesses through exhibitions, public programming, and consulting services.

#notwhite collective

The #notwhite collective aims to create dialogue around issues related to gender, identity, inclusion, migration, and social justice. Through a series of cultural events they are building an inclusive, safe path for community conversations and story sharing which provides a solid foundation for healing and further understanding.

City of Asylum

City of Asylum’s mission is to create a thriving community of readers, writers, and neighbors, which evolved from their sanctuary for endangered literary writers program. They organize literary programs for the community year–round, engaging Northside neighbors, lifelong Pittsburghers, students and academics, activists, artists, and members of the immigrant and refugee communities.

The Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project

The Black Unicorn Library and Archive Project is a Black feminist library; an archive; a cultural intervention; and a collection reflecting the rich literary legacy of Black women, queer and trans people across the Diaspora. Using a Black queer feminist approach, Black Unicorn explores libraries as sites of possibility, the relationship(s) between literacy and liberation and brings a unique experience and lens to material collection, information sharing and community building.

Working–Class Media Project

The Working–Class Media Project is a peripatetic microcinema series created by Benjamin Ogrodnik that exhibits short films and videos about global deindustrialization. Free screenings take place in nontraditional venues in the Mon Valley and the audience consists of working people from Western Pennsylvania. As a mobile cinema, the project seeks to provide socially relevant and historically rich moving–images to those who may have difficulty accessing vital cultural resources because of where they live. The purpose is to combine site-specific exhibitions and thoughtful curation to stimulate new dialogue around international art, access and industrial heritage.

Silver Eye Center for Photography

Silver Eye Center for Photography is a non-profit art gallery focused on contemporary photography by emerging and mid-career artists. Silver Eye’s mission is to promote the power of contemporary photography and visual storytelling to inform, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and communities. Central to their mission is the creation of innovative exhibitions and programs that bring forward issues, ideas, and perspectives relevant to our times.

Spaces Corners

Spaces Corners is an artist–run studio and project space dedicated to contemporary photography and books. Spaces Corners serves as an experimental platform to educate and engage the public on important currents in contemporary photography through a carefully curated bookshop, exhibitions, workshops and publications. Their dedicated audience includes artists, educators, writers, curators, historians, designers, collectors and others curious about experiencing photography in book form.


Intersection*ology is a performance art project which promotes an intersectional vision of embodied empowerment for women and femmes in technologically mediated spaces through the use of light, sound, movement, and audience interactivity. The project is interested in forging alliances and sharing power with underrepresented creatives within and beyond our communities, through community artmaking workshops where new scenes are co–created and inserted into subsequent Intersection*ology performances.

Blaine Siegel

Blaine Siegel is a multi-disciplinary sculptor with a social engagement practice. He earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited work throughout the United States and in Arles, France. Blaine is the studio co–director for Radiant Hall Susquehanna. His recent endeavors include set design for choreographer Maree Ramalia’s ‘The Ubiquitous Mass of Us’, teaching high school students at The University School, and his ongoing residency as the Artist in Residence at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Fairy Fantastic!

Fairy Fantastic! is a fairy and folk tale video series for gender nonconforming children, queer families, and their allies. Since 2014, they have been researching examples of queer videos based on folk and fairy tales and queer and anti-bullying videos for youth. They have developed two screenings: “Out in the Woods: Queer Fairytales” and “Over the Rainbow: Queer and Experimental Shorts for Kids of All Ages” including 26 international films, which will premiere at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in May 2018.


Transformazium has been working collaboratively with patrons of the Braddock Library since 2013 to incorporate collections of books and artwork that build upon existing discourses in their neighborhood and extend towards other individuals and communities as the collections circulate within the Allegheny County Library system. While knowledge production is most often recognized within an academic setting, these collections reflect knowledge generated in our working-class community by individuals whose experiences and research are vital in the dismantlement of systemic oppressions and barriers to knowing ourselves and each other.

General Sisters

General Sisters is the process of a general store located in North Braddock. Stocked with affordable food and ingredients, General Sisters makes eating, sharing and gathering available to neighbors within walking distance. General Sisters turns routine transactions into possibilities for exchange that recognize the environmental and economic realities of its clients. General Sisters feeds the community literally and figuratively by confronting the racial, environmental and economic injustices evident in our food system and working actively to change them.

Black Draft

The Black Draft, a collaboration of Dawn Weleski and Justin Strong, is a live mock–sporting draft during which ten Black former Pittsburghers are drafted to return to Pittsburgh. Utilizing the dramaturgy of a sports draft, The Black Draft will invite the region’s public to nominate Black former Pittsburghers who have left Pittsburgh to return to, contribute to, and be supported by Pittsburgh’s progress. The annual event and accompanying website will feature short documentaries of each draftee’s life and presentations of contract offers to the draftees that will entice them home in front of a live audience that will include industry leaders and administrators.


Afronaut(a) is a film and performance series created by Alisha Wormsley with a mission to deepen the connections to film throughout the arts community of Pittsburgh. The series aims to broaden the scope of films seen and made in communities including filmmakers, the African American community, students in Homewood and CMU, the local and global art community, afro–futurists, the queer community and neighborhoods of the East End of Pittsburgh.

About the Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.

About Kelly Strayhorn Theater

As the last of nine theaters from the 1950s heyday of East Liberty, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater uses 
the arts as a catalyst for continuing community revitalization. The theater, in its 12th season, continues to play a key role in the transformation of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. An intimate, professional equipped, 349-seat multiple–use performance venue, the theater demonstrates its commitment to Pittsburgh artists and audiences. The KST is a favorite venue of emerging local artists, regional artists and arts organizations who take risks and present new work. Noted Pittsburghers Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, the namesakes, are among the 80 area artists honored on the theater’s Gallery of Stars. The building, opening in 1914, is the former Regent Theatre, which served the East End as a movie house for eight decades.