CDCP officially opened in January of 2017 in Droege's living room and ended the year at 937 Liberty Ave, a project space of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
We now have our own space in Upper Lawrenceville and we're thrilled to share some of the highlights of this work with you.
2017 CDCP programming would not have been possible without the support of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Opportunity Fund, PNC Charitable Trusts, The Lois Tack Thompson Fund, Katharine C. McCormick Fund No. 2, Walter and Merriam Modell Memorial Fund, Alice G. and D. Halsey Donaldson Fund, and Arthur Ebert Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.
2018 CDCP programming is made possible through a grant from the Heinz Foundation and William T. Hillman Foundation.
We rethought everything.
Since starting in Jan 2017, CDCP’s focus on strengthening the arts economy is proven by our numbers. We take what works about the traditional economic relationships between artist, gallery, patron and audience and adapted it to create a sustainable, for-profit arts business that continues to be community-centric.
We connected Pittsburgh.
CDCP hosted gallerists, curators, and collectors from across the North America. At PGH Photo Fair, they gave lectures, they showed artwork, and the public was invited to enjoy it for free. We tried a curatorial residency in partnership with Radiant Hall, which brought in several curators and cultural producers to meet with regional artists and deliver free speaking events.
We formed unexpected collaborations.
We believe that collaboration is key to a healthy arts ecosystem. We could never accomplish the amount that we do without the wildly enthusiastic network of collaborators we've found this year. For SIX x ATE in particular, we tend to bring in the widest array of partners - from chefs to historical sites to educational facilities. And we haven't even begun to talk about our audience, who we truly see as collaborators as well. They engage in fruitful dialogues with us, pay for events, bring in new friends to learn about CDCP- what else could we ask for?
Money... I guess we could always ask for more money. Or a tiny horse, that's been on our list lately as well.
We demonstrated strength in diversity.
Our focus on diversity means we actively track and review how we’re doing and look for ways to improve. Every year we push ourselves to find incredible artists in Pittsburgh. We strive to work with a diverse population of artists, across all demographics, and while we tend to focus on the visual arts we also like to include artists from the performing and literary worlds.