According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million adults in a given year. Yet the stigma of mental illness somehow remains, leading many to live with their condition in shame and silence. The “Writing Away the Stigma” program was started in 2013 to address this problem by giving people who suffer with mental illness the opportunity to write about how mental illness has affected their lives.
As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 7, 2016) – In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wild Card Game on Saturday, Jan. 9, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati have placed a friendly wager that also will benefit local charities.
On Friday, November 6th, you have the opportunity to watch art being created and then bid on that very art the same night! RawDraw is a high-impact drawing event happening at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center in East Deutschtown. Over 40 local artists have been invited to create original works before your eyes, which will then be sold via a silent auction.
The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a “living fossil”–meaning that it’s similar to a species which is otherwise known only from fossils and has no close living relative. The ginkgo tree species in particular dates back some 270 million years. The tree is native to China, where some trees planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old! Ginkgos adapt remarkably well to the urban environment–tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces–which is why they are widely planted along many city streets. Ginkgos have various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.
The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh’s (YPA) slogan is Give life to history®. Representing younger voices in historic preservation, they use community engagement and education to advocate for the preservation of historic sites and structures in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Each year, they release their list of “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.” Over the course of a decade, they’ve had many successes including the Dormont Pool, Connellsville Aaron’s Building, and the Cork Factory in the Strip District.
The Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition (GPIC) was formed to build bridges of trust, understanding, cooperation and respect, especially at the neighborhood level, in the Greater Pittsburgh region. GPIC’s mission is to serve as a model of interfaith harmony. Committee members represent various faiths and organizations that have a strong belief in interfaith dialogue. On Sunday, October 25, they will present a panel discussion, “Exploring Compassion Through Multi-faith Lenses” at Carlow University.
On Saturday, October 10th and Sunday October 11th, come out and celebrate the Maker Movement at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. The Maker Movement is an extension of DIY culture and includes technology, art, craft, electronics, engineering, and other projects created by makers themselves. Maker Faire Pittsburgh is designed to be a community-based learning event that inspires you to become a maker yourself!
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy once again is offering events that bring families outdoors for fall fun. The annual Bump in the Night and Night Explorers events celebrate the life and sounds of the parks at night. They also offer a nice alternative to spooky events commonly found at this time of year which are sometimes hard for little ones to handle.
Each year, Citiparks celebrates the joy of reading with “Alphabet Trail and Tales.” This is an annual event and is free for the whole family. “Alphabet Trail and Tales” focuses on early and elementary literacy. Children follow the Alphabet Trail from A to Z where the best in children’s books is presented. This year, the books being read are Caps for Sale, Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, Number One Sam, Tops and Bottoms and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.