art + biz Scholarship Program:



Candidate Requirements:

• Attending college for an arts-based degree
• Pursuing an undergraduate degree with an eligible major
• Exhibit exemplary artistic passion and skills
• Be a qualified Black student or show financial need
• Reside in Western Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland, Butler, Washington County)
• Applicants should identify as Black or African American, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color, or in financial need.

Applications now open!

2021-2022 Scholarship Winners


Lee Owens is an illustration major attending RIT and one of our scholarship winners who enjoys character design and oil painting.


Spencer Jackson is a graphic design major attending Robert Morris University and is working toward becoming a video game designer.


Ericka Morton is a dance major attending Slippery Rock University and wants to open her own dance studio and specializes in Black Dance tradition.


Eliyah Roberts is a music and theatre major attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges and plans to write, direct, and star in her own musical.


Harmony Ziccardi plans on attending a community college for two years and then enrolling in a four-year college to study science and graphic design.


Dillon Stewart is a Music Production & Recording Arts major at Elon University (NC). Dillon is a "conscious" rapper and songwriter who focuses on connecting his unique life experiences with how he views the world.

art + biz

Who we are: An arts initiative designed to bridge creators with small business owners for project development, design ideas, and imaginative pairings by financially supporting artists for work performed for small businesses. We pay artists & creators!

What we do: Find and fund artists, musicians, designers, crafters, and writers in collaboration with independent businesses by providing a financial stipend for work performed.

How we can help you: Are you an artist looking for work or a business owner looking to innovate, expand, or brighten your shop or digital presence? We connect small business owners with artists and provide monetary support for creative projects.

To learn more about our collaborative efforts, email us for more information.

To apply as an artist or small business, please fill out a short questionnaire:

art + biz application

Project Ideas:

• Logo/label design
• Menu creation
• Apparel design
• Music and entertainment 
• Copy writing/editing
• Artwork/murals/decorative design
• Graphic design
• Art class/seminar
• Photography
• Ads/jingles
• And more
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Funding for Barrel & Flow was provided by the Advancing Black Arts grant and the Community Project grant of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

With help from The Heinz Endowments, Arts l Equity l Reimagined, and New Sun Rising, we proudly support Black artists & musicians and thank these organizations for their continual support for the arts communities in Western Pennsylvania!

We thank Red House Communications and Farm to Table Buy Local for their generous support of our college scholarship fund.