The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast

Beaver County’s first and only podcast supporting local artists, celebrating art, and building community through creativity. The podcast presents local artist profiles, conversations about art, public art features, and news about art events and activities. 

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Connecting Arts to Funding Series

Episode 12: Shaunda McDill

Follow the money or your dreams as an artist? You might be surprised by what Shaunda has to say.

On episode 12 of The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast, we continue our Featured Artist Series and talk with Shaunda McDill, Arts & Culture program officer with The Heinz Endowments

Shaunda has been with the The Heinz Endowments since 2017 as the Creativity Strategic Area’s Arts & Culture program officer, after more than a decade of nonprofit executive and arts management experience. She has worked for theater companies across the country, including The Goodman Theatre of Chicago, Second Stage Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Cornerstone Theater Company. She also founded demaskus, a nonprofit, service-oriented collective of artists and administrators who produce theatrical projects sharing stories of the marginalized.

In Pittsburgh, Shaunda served as vice president of programming and cultivation at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, where she managed all artistic and educational programs, and oversaw a $1 million programming budget. As the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s director of public relations, she headed both national and local public relations campaigns, including the North American premiere of Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project, which generated more than $10 million in direct spending in the city.

To learn more about The Heinz Endowments’ Arts & Culture funding opportunities, email Shaunda ( or contact her here.

This episode of The Genesis Collective Creators Podcast was produced by The Social Voice Project for The Genesis Collective. Host: Pamela Rossi Keen. Guest: Shaunda McDill. Series: “Connecting Arts to Funding.” Podcast producer, sound editor: Kevin Farkas. Executive Producer: The Genesis Collective. Sounds: Seth Witted (“Try Me (Instrumental),” aryll fae (“Uncertainty”), Alexander Nakarada )”Aka+Manah+-+320bit”), Jon Luc Hefferman (“A Storm At Eilean Mor”). © ℗ The Genesis Collective.  All rights reserved.