Arts & Culture

Essential Pittsburgh
6:01 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

What Arts Organizations Across the Country Can Learn From the August Wilson Center

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5WESA

Throughout the last year we’ve heard, and discussed at length, the problems faced by those who wish to save the financially troubled August Wilson Center.

Right now the fate of that facility is in the hands of a judge who may sell the building to pay off the center’s debts.

Janera Solomon, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater acknowledged there were missteps that led to the current state of affairs at the August Wilson Center. She is leading a group committed to achieving a vision for the center that will celebrate August Wilson, African American culture, and the city.

She said while the troubles faced by the August Wilson Center are unique for Pittsburgh, when it comes to cultural organizations throughout the country, many struggle in their first 5 to 10 years. 

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HEArt
3:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Online Journal Gets to the 'HEArt' of Social Reform

Poems, visual art, stories and music are much more than forms of entertainment to two Pittsburghers, they are ways to promote social reform.

Co-founders Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Daniel Morrow will launch Human Equity through Art (HEArt) Online on Aug. 15.

The online journal will publish various forms of art submitted to them that challenge the status quo and fight discrimination.

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Art From the Ground Up
3:30 am
Thu July 25, 2013

For the Black Orchid String Trio, Performance Also Means Engagement

The Black Orchid String Trio is comprised of Amber Rogers, Rachel Smith, and Jennifer Sternick.

“We’re new musicians,” said Smith, the group’s cellist. “We do play classical music now and again, but part of a contemporary performance, especially, is to present it in a way that classical music isn’t standardly presented.”

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Music
2:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Through Donations, Pittsburgh Blues Fest to Help Combat Hunger

With names like Los Lonely Boys and Tab Benoit the 19th annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival is bound to be good, but the true measurement of the event's success is what it does for the community. The three-day music festival serves as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“My mantra is no child hungry,” said festival chairman Ron Esser. “One in seven children in this area goes to bed hungry every night; we can’t have that.”

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Art From the Ground Up
7:11 am
Thu June 27, 2013

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Firmly Rooted in Its North Side Neighborhood

“Cities of asylum” form a global network of support for oppressed and endangered writers.


In Europe they are supported by governments. In the United States they are usually sponsored by universities. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, however, operates on a different model.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arts & Culture and Brian's "American Originals"

Credit The Andy Warhol Museum / pictify.com

The Andy Warhol museum's newest exhibits feature local and national artists with unique styles, perfect for the Warhol. Arts and Culture contributor Brian Siewiorek talks about what you can look forward to with this summer's artists.

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