Flight School Announces Second Year of Transformative Artist Fellowships

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2011

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan

412-681-5449


Flight School Announces Second Year of Transformative Artist Fellowships


For more information, contact:
Courtney Ehrlichman
Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Flight School
412-681-5449
courtney[a]pghfilmmakers.org

 

November 9, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Flight School Announces Second Year of Transformative Artist Fellowships

Applications now being accepted for fellowship program offering NYC’s Creative Capital Professional Development Program and Pittsburgh-specific career workshops.

 

Pittsburgh, PA … Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for its 2012 Flight School Fellowship, an intensive and comprehensive 10-week professional development program for Pittsburgh artists. Artists working in any and all media who reside in Western Pennsylvania can apply through the Flight School website (pittsburgharts.org/flightschool) from November 7, 2011 - January 2, 2012.

As with the pilot 2011 Flight School class, the 15 artists chosen for the 2012 program will begin by attending the New York City-based Creative Capital Foundation’s nationally renowned Professional Development Program weekend retreat. Following the nationally focused retreat, Flight School offers its fellows a unique follow-up that specifically looks at strategies for setting and achieving goals in fundraising, financial planning, marketing, and other non-artistic aspects of life as a professional artist.

“With just one year and one class of fellows under its belt, Flight School is already a vital aspect of Pittsburgh’s ongoing artistic renaissance,” says Charlie Humphrey, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and one of the driving forces behind Flight School. “When artists are given the skills and information necessary to become financially independent as artists, it pushes the city’s entire arts ecosystem forward.”

The design for the eight-week program following the Creative Capital retreat concentrates on small-group workshops that best utilize the skills and experience of locally based guests drawn from the arts, nonprofit, and funding communities.

Flight School is not a program for those wishing to be handed a new career: The weekly workload is heavy, and the demands placed on fellows is high. But as the 2011 Flight School alumni testify, the results can be a game-changer.  Go to pittsburgharts.org/flightschool to see what they are saying.

About Flight School

Flight School is a project of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) and is funded in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fine Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments. The Creative Capital Professional Development Program is a project of the Creative Capital Foundation, a New York City-based national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines.

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