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Academy of South Side receives funding


September 9, 2008

The Academy of the South Side has recently received its first operational support from the Laurel Foundation.

After surviving and growing as a grass roots organization based on volunteer hours, The Academy has taken a step forward in their mission to build a first rate community resource for realist artists in Pittsburgh.  The grant of $10,000 will be used to enhance and develop The Academy's curriculum, through compensating instructors and program directors, as well as reinvestment in studio facilities and overall organizational capacity.

“We are thrilled that our hard work over the past two years has paid off and feel very grateful that we have the opportunity to improve our overall offering and deepen our roots in the community.  The Laurel Foundation has given us even more momentum to develop this important artistic resource for the city of Pittsburgh,” said Dan Vogel, co-founder and instructor, The Academy of the South Side.

After a busy summer that was highlighted by the Pittsburgh 250-supported Citywide Salon public art showcase and a spot in this year's Hothouse, the Sprout Fund's annual fund raising gala, The Academy of the South Side is gearing up for their biggest class offering to date. The Academy will be offering classes five days a week during their Fall Term, which begins on September 16.

The classes are for all skill levels, and can be taken as a full eight week course or one session at a time.

For more information or to sign up for The Academy's email list, go to www. to sign up.  Any questions can be emailed to academyofthe

Founded in 2005, The Academy of the South Side provides year-round instruction in painting and drawing through classes, workshops, open model sessions and artist residencies for students of all ages and skill levels.  Housed in a studio on the third floor of the historic Brew House Association building, The Academy aims to not only educate but to inspire.


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