In efforts to promote a more active retail environment downtown the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership are collaborating to distribute grants to individuals and organizations to create "pop-up" projects downtown.
The pop-up projects will inhabit yet-to-be determined storefronts, making them more attractive to potential lessees while improving the vibrancy of the city. Fifteen vacant spots will be transformed and grants ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will be distributed.
They are seeking artists, collaborative artist teams, commercial retail businesses, arts and culture related businesses and others. An information session will be held on August 22, 2011 at 5pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
Money is coming from the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Pittsburgh Foundation Community.