Pittsburgh is a city whose strength was built on its immigrant population. The years 1870 to 1920 saw a sevenfold growth in the population of the city as immigrants moved here for jobs in the factories and mills, bringing with them new cultural traditions that have now become synonymous with our city (think Pirates Pierogies, for example). Now, like many cities, Pittsburgh seeks to attract immigrants as studies have shown that they are still a real boon to an area as they start businesses at a higher rate than non-immigrants, and can actually raise home values when they move into neighborhoods. Additionally, immigrants increase increase a city’s population, while making it a more vibrant place to live. Currently, Pittsburgh’s foreign-born population is estimated to be about 7 percent of its total population. You have an opportunity to recognize and honor the vital role immigrants play by nominating an immigrant entrepreneur/professional for an award by GlobalPittsburgh.
Link on Penn is a project of PopUp! Pittsburgh, presented by Huntington Bank and powered by Leadership Development Initiative XXIII, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. The event takes place Saturday, May 21st. You’ll find the best that Wilkinsburg has to offer in this free and open to the public, family friendly event.
Friday, May 6th will see the 7th Geek Art/ Green Innovators Festival (GA/GI) — Pittsburgh’s only eco, art and tech fest! It takes place as part of the “Unblurred First Fridays” series on Penn Avenue in Garfield (at venues between Mathilda and Negley). It’s a totally unique mash-up of displays, demos, exhibits and music produced by the Passports Art Diversity Project in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council and others.
St. Joseph House of Hospitality — located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city — is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.
Did you know that Homewood was voted “Favorite Neighborhood on the Course” by runners in the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon? It was number one because of the great community support on race day including their water station. For this year, Homewood will build up to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon by holding a series of community focused events. These three events are a creative collaboration by six organizations in Pittsburgh including: Operation Better Block, GTECH Strategies, Repair the World, Whistle, Homegrown (a program of Phipps Conservatory) and Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. You’re cordially invited to participate in any or all of them to help Homewood bring home the gold again!
Pittsburgh is blessed with a wealth of world-class museums. This summer, your child can take full advantage of the renowned permanent exhibitions like the Scaife Galleries and “Dinosaurs in Their Time” at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The Carnegie Museums are offering a wide array of week-long half- and full-day camps for kids from preschool through high school from
June 13 to August 26.
The Clemente Museum will hold an Open House on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of “The Great One.” Roberto Clemente’s sports achievements (in his 18-year career, he received every possible award given in Major League Baseball), his personal life, and his humanitarian efforts are celebrated in the world’s largest exhibited collection of Clemente photographs and artifacts.
“Fences” is the sixth play in August Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The cycle explores the African-American experience in the 20th century, including race relations. “Fences” takes place in the 1950’s in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and explores the interpersonal relationships of the Maxson family. It is now being made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose — repeating their roles from the 2010 Broadway production. Denzel Washington will also be producing and directing the film.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building.
Lead by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat’n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of “Happy Birthday.”
Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting an event to raise awareness of this domestic violence. On Saturday, March 5, they will host their third annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event.