What a year it has been!

Hello! Thanks for checking in to see how we’re doing. Like most organizations over the past nine months, we have had to pivot and rethink how to carry on given COVID-19 related restrictions. Student programming was already on hold due to our plans to begin renovations to our new space in Hazelwood, so thankfully student classes have not been interrupted for the most part, although we had hoped to be moved in this fall and beginning instruction. Our Board of Directors is more committed than ever to continuing to lay the groundwork for getting IAW off the ground in the coming year. To that end, they have been hard at work and without pause. Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2020.

Building Update

We are excited to begin operating in our new and permanent home in Hazelwood at 3426 Dyke Street. Renovations were  delayed due to COVID-19 and  some other minor issues, but work behind the scenes continued moving forward — lining up zoning and construction permits, obtaining the necessary insurance coverage, identifying vendor and contractor partners, and more. Now we are thrilled to say that those renovations are slated to begin just after the new year.

Art & Programming Happening in the Space

Over the last six months, IAW has been hard at work on several commissioned sculptures which will help contribute to covering our operating expenses. If you are interested in commissioning a piece from IAW, please contact us.

Fundraising Update

Last year, IAW raised $220K through its capital campaign, providing the funds to renovate and outfit our new space. Many thanks to the more than 50 campaign donors who contributed toward our fundraising goal, including the following foundations: Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund, S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, and Henry Simonds Foundation. Now we’re planning  ahead for  student programs and daily operations. That’s where we’re focusing our fundraising efforts now. Along those lines, we’re grateful and  excited to share news that EQT Foundation has committed $10,000 commitment toward programming and operations! If you’d like to pitch in with us to build more and better opportunities for young people in Hazlewood and surrounding Mon Valley neighborhoods, donate now. Thanks for your consideration!

Community Engagement Plan

IAW is fortunate enough to be the client of a Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Systems Synthesis project. The focus of the project is on our community engagement which is a cornerstone to our plan to fully integrate and support Hazelwood’s rebirth. We look forward to sharing the results of this plan publicly once it is complete. In the meantime, check out the team’s mid-term presentation.

Once we are able to gather again safely, we look forward to hosting an open house and sharing our progress. Until then, be sure to visit our evolving IAW website. If you would like to learn more about us, partner, join our mailing list, make a contribution, or just say hello, please be in touch!