Center for Creativity

The Center for Creativity is a collaborative initiative between Intermediate Unit 1 and Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (AIU3) that provides K–12 educators with resources, grant opportunities, and professional development to infuse art and emerging technology into the classroom.

The center serves as a resource to connect the region’s diverse and creative resources with students, educators, and districts. The Center for Creativity assists educators in developing innovative, forward-thinking approaches, aligned to the Pennsylvania Standards, on effectively bringing creativity, art, and technology into the classroom.


Through generous funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Grable Foundation, the Center for Creativity awards grants in amounts of up to $20,000 to teachers for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) projects. STEAM is an interdisciplinary educational approach that incorporates real world experiences into academic concept lessons. Local organizations partner with schools to integrate each of the subject areas of STEAM in innovative and creative ways that connect schools, communities, and the global enterprise.

Recently funded STEAM grants by the Center of Creativity include:

  • Situated Media Arts Learning Lab (SMALLab) for Big Minds! grant to the Elizabeth Forward School District ($20,000)
  • Robotics 3D Prototypers grant to the Fort Cherry School District ($10,000)
  • Outdoor Learning Environment grant to the Uniontown Area School District ($10,000)
  • Artist Studio In-the-School grant to the Wilkinsburg School District ($10,000)

Partner Organizations

The Center for Creativity connects districts with organizations that can support art and technology integration in any classroom. Available partners include:

For More Information

For more information about the Center for Creativity, visit the center’s website for details on upcoming events, ongoing projects, and helpful resources.