Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives II: Fostering Cross-Sector Partnerships

Friday, July 11, Point Park University, 204 Lawrence Hall, 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 

8:30 – Noon, breakfast included

Guest speaker: Ray Gastil, Director of City Planning, Pittsburgh, PA

Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies  

Free, RSVP here

This gathering builds on the June 19th Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives I event in which artists and non-profit arts & culture leaders identified how assets of the arts & culture sector can spur and sustain cross-sector partnerships.  On July 11th we’ll bring leaders from the creative clusters of communications, data technologies, design, entertainment, and software & hardware into the conversation.  Leaders from the public sector, higher education, community development, and service organizations will join in too!

How can Greater Pittsburgh become the next Austin, Boston, or Portland as a center for creativity, innovation, and economic growth? The 2014 Pittsburgh Creative Industries Report says one key is collaboration among clusters of the creative industries. What specific roles can creative industries clusters play? How can other sectors assist?

You’re invited to explore these questions through a variety of small group interactions on July 11th. We expect these conversations will identify specific action plans and policy initiatives to support arts-based, cross-sector partnerships that lead to economic development in our region.

Pittsburgh’s Kim Moses to Launch New TV Series on CBS this Sunday

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Denora native, Kim Moses, Executive at Producer Sander-Moses in Los Angeles, is launching a new TV series this week. Moses was Executive Producer of The Ghost Whisperer, and many other recent Hollywood hits. Tune in on Sunday!

Watch the Trailer Now:

RECKLESS is a sultry legal drama set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Jamie Sawyer is enviously cool, confident and armed with south side of Chicago street-smarts as she takes on the good ol’ boys in the South.  Her handsome courtroom rival is Roy Rayder, a divorced father of two, embodies the Old South and is the newly minted City Attorney, thanks to his influential former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum.  When disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus hires Jamie to represent her in a lawsuit against the police department, Jamie and Roy discover that Lee Anne is at the epicenter of a sinister case with dire implications for the members of the Charleston PD.  Heading that department is Deputy Chief Holland Knox, a family man who radiates integrity.  Working under him are Terry McCandless, a cocky and corrupt detective, and Preston Cruz, Jamie’s well-respected boyfriend who might not be all that he appears. Helping Jamie is her confidante and paralegal, Vi Briggs, an expert at digging up case-winning information. As Jamie and Roy spar in and out of the courtroom, dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel facade of seductive Charleston.


Premieres Sunday, June 29 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network

ORIGINATION: Charleston, S.C. (filmed in HD)


STARRING: Anna Wood     (Jamie Sawyer)

 Cam Gigandet     (Roy Rayder)

Shawn Hatosy     (Terry McCandless)

Adam Rodriguez     (Preston Cruz)

Georgina Haig     (Lee Anne Marcus)

Kim Wayans     (Vi Briggs)

Gregory Harrison     (Dec Fortnum)

Michael Gladis     (Dep. Chief Knox)

PRODUCED BY: CBS Television Studios in association with Sander/Moses Productions

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dana Stevens, Kim Moses, Ian Sander, Corey Miller and Catherine Hardwicke

CREATED BY: Dana Stevens

 DIRECTED BY: Catherine Hardwicke

 WRITTEN BY: Dana Stevens

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WalkingThumbs announces the launch of the first App – Squareland



Please welcome our new baby, Squareland. Squareland is a very cool game that revolves around Blu, a cute and fun Owl. Blu’s pals are lost in Squareland! Help Blu blast through 80 levels of block-breaking madness on his quest to find his woodland friends.

Follow Blu’s guide, Pixie, as Blu smashes, rides and dodges the blocky landscape on his journey! Get Blu past the dangerous spikes and you might be lucky enough to meet a few cubic creatures to help him along the way… all while Blu bounces and tumbles to retro 8-bit beats and through dazzling summer, fall, winter and spring backdrops!

Squareland is available on iPhone / iPad / iPod.

Download Squareland Lite at:

Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives

Thursday, June 19 at the Hillman Auditorium, Hill House 8:30 – noon, breakfast included

Free, RSVP here.

How can Greater Pittsburgh become the next Austin, Boston, or Portland as a center for creativity, innovation, and economic growth? How can we effectively compete with our new competitors?

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, invites you to explore these questions and more at Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives, an important conversation about the state and potential of the creative industries in our region. The 2014 Pittsburgh Creative Industries Report says one key is collaboration among clusters of the creative industries. These include the non-profit arts and individual artists, which bring capital and many assets to partnerships to create new energy, innovation, and activity in our region. Another key is addressing equity and inclusion, as studies have shown that diverse perspectives drive innovation.

You are invited to engage these issues, listen to leaders in the field, meet potential collaborators beyond the usual suspects, and join small group discussion to move the findings from this report into action. The Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives program will:

  • Introduce non-profit arts administrators and artists to research on all “clusters” of the creative industries (arts, communications, data technologies, design, entertainment, software & hardware)
  • Present examples of current partnerships, and
  • Identify, as a group, new opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and others involving universities, public agencies, and service providers.
  • Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives provides a platform for us to rise to the challenge of creating new partnerships and collaborations, benefitting us as individuals and organizations, and positioning artists and the arts sector as recognized forces in regional economic development. GPAC is thrilled to stage this initial exploration in a thriving Hill District center for the arts. Light breakfast will be served.

Also, please save the date for Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives II, Tuesday, July 11, 2014, 8:30 am – Noon, at Point Park University, 204 Lawrence Hall.This program will continue the dialogue, introducing creative industries representatives to assets of the non-profit arts and artists, creating new connections, and examining the future climate for collaboration.  

The Pitch: RFP from the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation’s Education Committee

The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation’s Education Committee invites you to participate in an RFP

to be the next non-profit organization to partner with our Collegiate Advertising Competition,

The Pitch. This competition is focused on uniting professionals from advertising and its associated

disciplines with students from our region in hands-on client work for a local non-profit

organization. The competition enhances student learning, deepens the ongoing relationship

between the professional and academic communities, and permits us to better serve the local nonprofit


The Ad School Challenge will hold 2-rounds of creative planning for the chosen organization. The

students will implement a creative strategy that best fits your marketing objectives. The strongest

candidates for consideration in this event will meet the following general criteria. Submitting

organizations will:

1. Qualify as a small Pittsburgh-based, non-profit.

2. Work from an organizational mission that is accessible to college students.

3. Provide a succinct, realistic marketing need that can be strategically addressed within the

competition timeframe.

4. Be willing and able to collaborate with the Education Committee in preparation for the event.

5. Be willing and able to participate in several aspects of the challenge. On the day of the main

event, Wed Oct 8, 2014, we ask you to be available in the morning to answer student’s

questions via email. We also ask that you participate in the first and second phases of the

evaluation process. The first phase consists of video presentations and written proposals from

each of the 5-7 teams. Once submitted, we will ask you to narrow the field to two teams. The

top two teams will have the opportunity to pitch to you live. You will then be asked to choose

a final winning team. The date of the live presentations is TBD and will be flexible based on

your schedule.


Interested non-profits must complete the submission requirements by 5 pm on Friday, June 27,

2014. All completed documents can be emailed directly to Rebecca Senneway, Director of the

Education Committee for the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation:


Please complete the following and submit it on or before the deadline in order to be considered as

a potential non-profit partner for “The Pitch, Collegiate Advertising Competition.” If you have

supporting materials that you would like to provide, please do so as an addendum to your


1. Complete Name of Organization

2. Organization website

3. Name, Title, Phone and E-mail address of Submitter

4. Number of Paid Employees

5. Number of Employees dedicated to marketing efforts plus their titles

6. Number of Active Volunteers

7. Brief background of the organization and its major event/initiatives

8. Identify your greatest marketing challenge (this would be the main challenge for the students)

a. YES or NO: Are you able to provide organizational information to help students

address this challenge? (e.g. annual report, financial statements, marketing study,

previous research, etc.)

9. Do you currently have an internship program in place?

10. Any additional information that might be helpful in our decision-making process?

After we receive all submissions, the final selection process may require us to gather additional

information. If necessary, we will contact finalists to learn more about their current marketing and

communication efforts. We thank you, in advance, for your willingness to work with us in order to

provide the best experience for the students.

Please send any questions or comments to Rebecca Senneway, Director of the Education

Committee for the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation: