August Wilson Center http://wesa.fm en Foundations Offer To 'Save August Wilson Center' http://wesa.fm/post/foundations-offer-save-august-wilson-center <p>The <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fate-august-wilson-center-open-question">debt-ridden August Wilson Center</a> might have a buyer.</p><p>A group of local foundations, including the Pittsburgh Foundation, submitted a bid last week to acquire the downtown Pittsburgh African American cultural center which is delinquent on its $7 million mortgage.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:52:01 +0000 Kevin Gavin 27197 at http://wesa.fm County Councilman Asks For $15 Million For August Wilson Center http://wesa.fm/post/county-councilman-asks-15-million-august-wilson-center <p>Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson (D-Hill District) is asking for $10 million to $15 million in capital funds from the city and county to bail out the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fate-august-wilson-center-open-question">financially strapped August Wilson Center for African American Culture</a>.</p><p>About $7 million would be used to pay off the center’s unpaid bills, including its mortgage, and keep the facility, which is facing liquidation. The legislation was introduced in County Council by Robinson who did not respond to a request for comment for this story.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:29:23 +0000 Michael Lynch 24775 at http://wesa.fm Fate of August Wilson Center An Open Question http://wesa.fm/post/fate-august-wilson-center-open-question <p>In 2009, a gleaming performing arts space opened to great fanfare in downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p>Named after renowned playwright and native son August Wilson, it was meant to be a hub for African-American theater, art and education.</p><p>Today, the August Wilson Center is for sale, unable to pay its bills. But many wonder why it was allowed to get to this point.</p><p>August Wilson grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 1940s and '50s. He met Sala Udin in parochial school.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:29:07 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24718 at http://wesa.fm August Wilson Center Must Find Deep-Pocket Donors http://wesa.fm/post/august-wilson-center-must-find-deep-pocket-donors <p>The plight of the <a href="http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/">August Wilson Center</a> has been a source of constant stories in the local media.</p><p>Despite liquidation, debt and other fiscal battles many are working hard to save the center.</p><p>City Paper reporter Rebecca Nuttall has <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/saving-august-wilson-despite-liquidation-order-community-still-hopeful-arts-center-can-survive/Content?oid=1727485">followed&nbsp; efforts</a> and provides an update on the latest news regarding the August Wilson Center.</p><p>The building, which took $42 million to open in 2009, had more construction costs than were originally estimated and put the center in debt before it had even opened. Nuttall says a lot of the people she talks to seem to have great ideas about how to save the center, but the financial backing may not be available.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:01:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23995 at http://wesa.fm August Wilson Center Must Find Deep-Pocket Donors An Uncertain Future for the August Wilson Center http://wesa.fm/post/uncertain-future-august-wilson-center <p>When it comes to the <a href="http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/">August Wilson Center</a>'s current financial situation, cost and constructions fees caused “substantial debt” from the beginning, says Mark Clayton Southers, a playwright and former producer at the center.</p><p>Charlie Humphrey, CEO and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, says a problem the August Wilson Center faces now is that “nobody wants to fund debt” people want “to fund programs.”</p><p>Southers agrees that it's hard to fund a sinking ship and adds that some creative solutions are needed to gather enough funds to clear $7 million in debt. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:58:21 +0000 Nick Frost 17646 at http://wesa.fm An Uncertain Future for the August Wilson Center August Wilson Center Plots New Plan for Sustainable Future http://wesa.fm/post/august-wilson-center-plots-new-plan-sustainable-future <p>The Interim President and CEO of the <a href="http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/">August Wilson Center for African American Culture</a> Oliver Byrd said in an interview on Wednesday that his organization is getting itself on the track to financial stability.</p><p>On Tuesday, Byrd sent a <a href="http://images.skem1.com/client_id_12693/MessageFromPresident/MessageFromPres-9-2013.pdf">three-page letter</a> to supporters of the center and to the media, outlining what he sees as the issues the organization has faced and the path they will take moving forward.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:42:16 +0000 Liz Reid 16337 at http://wesa.fm Versailles '73 Documentary An American Fashion Revolution in France http://wesa.fm/post/versailles-73-documentary-american-fashion-revolution-france <p>In 1973, five American fashion designers and five French designers came together for a Paris runway fundraiser. That fundraiser turned into a competition, and an industry changing event in fashion history. The documentary film, <a href="http://www.versailles73movie.com/"><em>Versailles '73</em></a> looks at how that Paris show brought African Americans to the forefront of fashion.&nbsp; Filmmaker <strong>Debra Riley Draper</strong> comes to the August Wilson Center this weekend for a <a href="http://fashionafricana.com/FA3/upcoming-events/march-3rd-event/">screening </a>of the award-winning documentary. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:30:00 +0000 Heather McClain 1814 at http://wesa.fm Versailles '73 Documentary An American Fashion Revolution in France