Preventing COVID-19 on the riverfronts with Riverlife’s Creative Corps

By August 5, 2020 August 11th, 2020 Blog

Riverlife is honored to have received a $200,000 grant this summer from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to support Pittsburgh Creative Corps, our collaborative effort with the Office of Public Art and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The grant is part of the foundation’s COVID-19 response initiative.

“Pittsburgh Creative Corps is a way to support local artists and fabricators during this challenging time,” said Matthew Galluzzo, Riverlife president and CEO. “In the near term the program will hire local artists and creative workers to develop temporary amenities like hand washing stations through Downtown and spaces near the rivers. These projects will boost public health awareness. They’re also intended to help public spaces adapt to changing conditions during the pandemic.”

As Pittsburgh’s riverfronts see surges in user activity, Pittsburgh Creative Corps will mobilize to provide amenities to keep people safe and informed of COVID-19 preventative practices in outdoor public spaces.

Stay tuned for more details about Pittsburgh Creative Corps projects and artist/maker involvement, and thank you to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for investing in the program!

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