Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The Glassblock aims to inform, entertain, and showcase creative work from Pittsburgh, a city brimming with talent and poised for change
The Glassblock aims to inform, entertain, and showcase creative work from Pittsburgh, a city brimming with talent and poised for change
317 backers pledged $18,366 to help bring this project to life.

About

The Glassblock: A Web Magazine of Pittsburgh project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$18,366

317

About The Glassblock

As a city of actively creative, interconnected people, it's evident that Pittsburgh is poised for something pretty remarkable. But as new residents, new industries, and new national media attention wash over us in waves, it's critical that we have a platform to showcase the truly compelling and distinctive things happening here while simultaneously--crucially--not shying away from pointing out the work that's still left to do.

The Glassblock is the culmination of an idea that I've been developing for more than a year. Since launching my email newsletter EAT THAT, READ THIS in the summer of 2014, I've recognized that Pittsburghers are hungry to be informed, to be entertained, and to celebrate Pittsburgh in a thoughtful, context-rich, and fun way that our current media landscape doesn't provide for. So when I learned that local filmmaker, artist, and musician David Bernabo was thinking about the same issues of culture, creativity, and identity in Pittsburgh that I was, something sparked, and the plan for The Glassblock was hatched.

Pittsburgh is home to so many skilled writers, artists, musicians, scholars, engineers, makers, cooks, activists, public servants, and creatives of all sorts who are doing intriguing things. Our vision is to create a forum and a spotlight to survey this contemporary work while also exploring Pittsburgh's rich veins of history--and to have fun doing it. Undergirding a diverse collection of voices, we will be constructing a framework of our own regular features, like documentary-style video segments or handy resources, like election guides or interactive maps and data visualizations, that enhance the way Pittsburghers experience their city. The Glassblock is intended as a way to paint a larger picture of what's happening in Pittsburgh, a grab bag of scenes and experiences.

Though The Glassblock's in-house editorial team will be lean--Dave and I are it for this first phase--in order to realize our vision of a quality web magazine for Pittsburgh, it'll require some initial funding to enlist this homegrown talent. We are committed to paying The Glassblock's contributors for their work, and your donations will kick-start this new funding stream for Pittsburgh area creatives.

Thank you for reading our pitch, watching our video, and donating to help us meet our financial goal. Like the architectural element it's named for, a literal building block that can be found peeking up out of basements or filtering gauzy light into rooms and corridors all around the city, The Glassblock is a web magazine of Pittsburgh that's elemental, multifaceted, and familiar. Let's get building!

About Us

Adam Shuck, Co-Founder and Editor 

I'm the creator of EAT THAT, READ THIS, the lunchtime link round-up e-newsletter about Pittsburgh that strives to inform and entertain in your inbox every weekday. ETRT's regular aggregation of Pittsburgh news, politics, culture, and miscellany has been celebrated by local media outlets as "funny in a Jon-Stewart-reads-you-the-local-news kind of way," "the most yinz-specific medley of happenings possible in a single email," and "a must-read." I grew up in a little town outside Frederick, MD, and after studying German and Linguistics at NYU, I spent a few more years in New York before moving to Pittsburgh with my partner Matt in 2010. I've been called "a news junkie's news junkie," but I'm also a junkie for maps, languages, and a good Pittsburgh salad.

Dave Bernabo, Co-Founder and Arts and Culture Editor

I am a filmmaker, musician, dancer, visual artist, and occasional healthcare consultant. As a native Pittsburgher, I am interested in documenting my city via writing and interviews, musical composition, and film (Ongoing Box followed eight local creators and Food Systems is a film series documenting local food culture). Lately, I'm focused on growing (or fabricating) a reputation for being a great cook.

About You

You enjoy engaging with quality writing, art, music, video, and data. You have a great love for Pittsburgh and an interest in helping to shape its future through both upbeat praise and sober scrutiny. And you are the most important part of all of this--your generous support will establish the beginning foundations for The Glassblock, and without that, it would remain just an idea.

Credits

Thank you to Karen Abrams, Scott Bricker, Rachel Ann Brickner, and Lauren Goshinski for sitting down to talk with us about your lives, your perspectives on Pittsburgh, and your support for The Glassblock.

Thank you to Shaky Shrines for sharing your track "Wild Flowers" for us to use in our video. Go check out their new album Shaky At Best.

Thank you to Seth Clark for your design expertise, providing us with a winsome logo for The Glassblock.

Thank you to DJs Aaron Clark, Daniel Barrett, and Ricky Moslen; the Duncan Street Dinners crew; Daniel Agüera; the folks at Spirit; and Lesley Rains at East End Book Exchange. Thank you to writers Rachel Ann Brickner, Matthew Newton, Beth Kracklauer, and Sherrie Flick.

And thank you to our innumerable collaborators, friends, family members, and spouses for your ideas, your open ears, and your support.

Risks and challenges

If we are successful in raising the funds we need to launch The Glassblock, we have a couple immediate tasks:

First, we will announce a call for submissions, and we're looking forward to working with local writers, artists, and other creatives to publish pieces that will entertain, inform, and represent diverse experiences. For months, we've met with some of these Pittsburghers who are excited to share their projects and ideas on The Glassblock's platform, but a perpetual challenge--though, really, opportunity--will be to continue to seek out contributors to deliver quality content and conceive of new features. This is something we're excited about.

Eventually, after months of compensating contributors, we will exhaust our initial funds. To prepare for this, we will be taking on the challenge of finding ways to sustain The Glassblock from the get-go (note: not from the GetGo). We look forward to exploring advertising and sponsorships with partners who share our vision and see The Glassblock as a valuable outlet for Pittsburgh.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    ⬜️
    At the $10 level, David Bernabo and Adam Shuck will email you a thumbs-up thank you selfie.

    Thanks for helping to launch The Glassblock!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    ⬜️
    We'll memorialize your support by mentioning you by name in our inaugural post.

    And we'll email you a passcode to watch David Bernabo's documentary "Food Systems, Chapter 1: A Night Out" any time, as many times as you'd like!

    See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/foodsystemsch1/137632057

    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    75 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    ⬜️
    Party with us! Celebrate the end of our Kickstarter campaign with a ticket to our party at Spirit in Lawrenceville on December 16 at 9:00 p.m.

    Featuring DJs Aaron Clark of Hot Mass/Humanaut and Ricky Moslen and Dan Barrett of Total Trash.

    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    74 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    ⬜️
    Get The Glassblock t-shirt, featuring our logo designed by Seth Clark (http://www.sethsclark.com/), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Emerging Artist of 2015.

    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    52 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    ⬜️
    Join Adam as a Guest Editor for an issue of EAT THAT, READ THIS.

    On any weekday of your choice, the newsletter's "Other Stuff" section is all yours. Fill it with whatever pieces of the internet you'd like--with an intro including your photo, bio, and links to your own projects. With thousands of subscribers, that's a big audience!

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    ⬜️
    Join Adam as a Guest Editor for an issue of EAT THAT, READ THIS.

    On any weekday of your choice, the newsletter's "Other Stuff" section is all yours. Fill it with whatever pieces of the internet you'd like--with an intro including your photo, bio, and links to your own projects. With thousands of subscribers, that's a big audience!

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    ⬜️
    Join Adam as a Guest Editor for an issue of EAT THAT, READ THIS.

    On any weekday of your choice, the newsletter's "Other Stuff" section is all yours. Fill it with whatever pieces of the internet you'd like--with an intro including your photo, bio, and links to your own projects. With thousands of subscribers, that's a big audience!

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    ⬜️
    Reserve a VIP ticket to The Glassblock's official launch party in early 2016. This'll be a good one.

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 32 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    ⬜️
    Dinner with Daniel & The Glassblock!

    Grab your ticket to join The Glassblock team at a special dinner prepared and served by Daniel Agüera, a native of Asturias, Spain. Past dinners have included menu items such as pheasant with sour cherries, feijoada, and the flan-like tocinillo de cielo. Read more about Agüera's dinners at dinnerwithdaniel.com.

    This dinner will take place on the evening of March 12, 2016.

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    ⬜️
    Duncan Street Dinners & The Glassblock!

    Grab your ticket to join The Glassblock team over a five-course dinner prepared and served by the Duncan Street Dinners crew. Taking place monthly in a cozy Upper Lawrenceville home, the dinners begin with a cocktail while guests arrive and meet each other. Then, Dan Rodriguez and Kendyl Ryan work together to cook the meal, with Joe Bacharach pairing each of the five courses with a beverage. Check out images of their past meals at https://instagram.com/duncanstdinners/.

    This dinner will take place in February 2016 with the following menu:

    1. Tostones with pickled shrimp, orange, jalapeño, cilantro, chive and lime crema
    2. Salt cod salad with red onion, avocado, parsley, pil pil, tempura fried onion rings and piquillo/pistachio romesco
    3. Pecan soup, fried sweet plantain, lime crema, mole, apple, jicama, harissa and pecans
    4. Ropa vieja tacos, red cabbage slaw, chimichurri, kohlrabi, habanero guava salsa, jalapeño, cilantro, pickled red onion
    5. Coconut buñuelos with chipotle/chocolate sauce

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    ⬜️
    Become a member of The Glassblock Club, joining a group of select early supporters who will receive recurrent emails with special invites for exclusive social events (think food/drink outings or behind-the-scenes tours) plus access to bonus cutting-room-floor content, including writing, video, and audio features.

    In fact, right off the bat we'll email you a passcode to watch a new, bonus short film by David Bernabo that, in following with his "Food Systems" documentary series, will showcase an aspect of Pittsburgh food culture. You'll be able to watch this exclusive film any time, as many times as you'd like.

    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    ⬜️
    With this reward, your business, organization, or individual name will be the sole sponsor of The Glassblock's cooking show feature for two months, a total of four video segments. This offer is first come, first served.

    + The Glassblock Club membership
    + Bonus "Food Systems" film passcode
    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,600 or more About $1,600

    ⬜️
    With this reward, your business, organization, or individual name will be the sole brand sponsoring The Glassblock for an entire week during the beginning of the web mag's life. This offer is first come, first served for the first four weeks of The Glassblock's launch in early 2016.

    + The Glassblock Club membership
    + Bonus "Food Systems" film passcode
    + The Glassblock t-shirt
    + 12/16 Spirit party ticket
    + "Food Systems, Chapter 1" passcode
    + Inaugural post shout-out
    + Thumbs-up thank you selfie!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)