A vital component of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Visual Arts programming, SPACE presents five to six exhibitions annually, offering emerging artists an opportunity to advance projects in a supportive setting. While SPACE does not actively commission new works, many artists that exhibit work at SPACE are provided with resources—labor, technology, guidance, as well as funding—to execute their ideas.
By encouraging and facilitating artistic collaboration, SPACE contributes to a robust Cultural District art scene and is helping to build diverse visual arts’ audiences. The gallery creates a platform for artists to meet other like-minded artists from across regional, national, and international borders.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.