What is artlook® SWPA?

artook® SWPA is a free online hub created to help educators in our region immerse young people in powerful, personally relevant arts learning opportunities. Developed by Ingenuity in Chicago and customized as a collaboration among local teachers, school and district administrators, arts partners, and Arts Ed Collaborative staff, artlook® SWPA provides an up-to-date picture of the people, places, and programs supporting arts learning in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This publicly available and searchable map is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania to combine arts education data from schools, arts organizations, and teaching artists. Check out the live map here:

artlook® SWPA

The Arts Ed Collaborative team has created an artlook® SWPA tutorial to highlight features of the map and offer a guided tour. Check out our video below to learn more and see how this new hub can benefit you:

Benefits of artlook® SWPA

  • For schools, artlook® SWPA offers instant data infrastructure for arts programs, opportunities to secure partnerships and resources based on your needs, and ways to build and sustain strong arts programs with public accountability.
  • For arts partners, artlook® SWPA can reduce staff time needed to match with schools and build new partnerships, help market programs to schools and funders, and reduce grant reporting time.
  • For all participants, artlook® SWPA increases opportunities for collaboration and communication! In 2021, AEC will also offer first-time participants stipends to support arts education ($500-750 per school/partner as available) thanks to funding from the Hillman Foundation, the Jack Buncher Foundation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Join artlook® SWPA

AEC invites additional schools and arts partners to join artlook® SWPA this fall. Arts partners include both organizations and individual teaching artists who offer arts education programs and are interested in partnering with schools. Schools and arts partners in the following 13 counties are eligible to join artlook® SWPA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

Commit to artlook®

Important 2021 dates:

September 27: Deadline for new schools and districts to commit; arts partners can complete the commitment form year-round

October 13: 2020–21 surveys open for new and returning participants; technical assistance from AEC staff available in multiple formats

November 1: 2020–21 school surveys close; arts partners can continue joining artlook® SWPA throughout the year

Have more questions?

We have answers! Please reach out to artlook@artsedcollab.org and a staff member will be in touch.

Who’s on the map?

Current participants

Schools: Burrell School District, Duquesne City School District, Hampton Township School District, Propel Schools, Sto-Rox School District, West Allegheny School District, and Woodland Hills School District

Arts partners: 1Hood Media, ACH Clear Pathways, Alumni Theater Company, Arts Ed Collaborative, Assemble, Bricolage, Carnegie Museum of Art, Center of Life, Dreams of Hope, Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Legacy Arts Project, PearlArts, Lyn Starr (teaching artist), Pittsburgh Festival Opera, The Learning Instigator, The P.R.I.D.E. Program, and YMCA Lighthouse Project

Committed participants

Schools: Franklin Regional School District, Norwin School District, Trinity Area School District, and Morrow Elementary

Arts partners: Attack Theatre, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, City Theatre Company, Contemporary Craft, Ira Cambric (teaching artist), Prime Stage Theatre, the Andy Warhol Museum, Neighborhood North Museum of Play, Tim Hartman Storytelling, Neighborhood North Museum of Play, ProjectArt, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, Artists Image Resource, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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