Partnership with Steelers benefits local artist non-profit
By Sean P. Ray | Managing Editor
HISTORIC DEUTSCHTOWN — A collaboration between the Pittsburgh Steelers and an area print shop is benefitting a Northside non-profit which supports artists.
CommonWealth Press, which is headquartered on Pittsburgh’s South Hills area, has been supporting Artists Image Resource for the past three years through a collaborative project with the Pittsburgh Steelers. CommonWealth Press works with local artists to create a unique poster for each of the Steelers’ home games, selling them in a limited run of 200 each. The proceeds of these sales are then donated to Artists Image Resource, which is a non-profit print and imaging organization which works with artists both veteran and new to creative endeavors.
Dan Rugh, owner and creative director of CommonWealth Press, said the Steelers had approached him with the idea of the poster series for home games, an opportunity he was eager for. Rugh wanted to source the art from local artists as a way of supporting the artistic community. However, he would discover another chance to support Pittsburgh’s artistic scene as the collaboration developed through a series of meetings with the Steelers.
“During one of the meetings, the Steelers had asked if I had any charities in mind for the proceeds to go to,” Rugh said.
Artists Image Resource, an organization which Rugh said he had been a fan of for many years, seemed like a natural fit. Not only would the collab help artists by bringing them on to design the posters, but the proceeds from the sales would benefit an organization which has supported artists since 1996.
Check out the full story in the November issue of The Northside Chronicle.