The “We Rock Workshop” is a residency program led by Liz Berlin of Pittsburgh-based band Rusted Root. In its fifth year, it’s an intensive 18-week program that guides Allegheny County young adults (ages 14-22) who are involved with the Department of Human Services (including current and former foster youth) to open up through the arts by exploring the creation, production and performance of music and dance. The course culminates with the recording of original songs created by the participants and a final performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre. The final show is also fundraiser for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.
Luminari is a nonprofit group, based in Pittsburgh, which was founded to “broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.” They currently sponsor a diverse range of summer programs for teens including workshops and camps that help teens to master the art of diplomacy, learn how to write in different genres, and inspire budding culinary artists. Class sizes are small and some scholarships are available.
Tomorrow, April 25th (rain or shine), you can get a glimpse of the future at FutureFest 2015. This new, public festival is being coordinated by Communitopia and will be held on the historic front lawn of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FutureFest celebrates Pittsburgh’s successes and helps visitors to imagine our city’s achievable, sustainable future through art, demonstrations, music, science, food, and hands-on activities for all ages.
Pulitzer prize-winning playwright–and Pittsburgh native–August Wilson was born on April 27th and would have been 70 years old. In honor of his birthday, WQED’s The August Wilson Education Project is holding a “Celebrating August Wilson!” event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. And, Mayor Peduto has proclaimed Saturday “August Wilson Day” in a tribute to the Pittsburgh icon.
Penguins Playoff Big Screen to be in Market Square and PPG Place Next Week
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 16, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins will host watch parties for all Penguins home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pittsburgh has been known as the “City of Champions” for decades. Now, you have the opportunity to nominate Pittsburghers who exemplify “remarkable leadership, inspiring community achievement and extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit.” Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square has developed this “Celebration of Champions” awards program to recognize influential leaders and support deserving nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region.
While the country witnessed a very powerful woman announcing her candidacy for President today, overall women make only $.78 for every $1 made by men. In Pennsylvania, it’s just $.76. Dig a little deeper, and the numbers are even worse: Black women in the U.S. make just $.64 and Latina women make $.54. This year, in lieu of their regular Equal Pay Day Rally, the Women and Girls Foundation is supporting two innovative programs: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate.”
On Monday, April 13, the Pittsburgh Pirates will host their Home Opener against the Detroit Tigers. In honor of that, The Clemente Museum is holding an Open House for the public on Sunday, April 12 and Monday, April 13. The Clemente 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.
Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 and each year the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh celebrates his birthday by holding a “Mister Rogers’ Day.” This year, the event falls on this Friday and there will be free admission all day (one adult must accompany every five children). The museum has honored Pittsburgh’s icon since 1998 with a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit and in 2011 refurbished many of the components of the exhibit and integrated them throughout the museum. You can find the Neighborhood Trolley in the Garage, King Friday’s Castle in the Theater, and Mister Rogers’ Sweater and Sneakers located in MAKESHOP and the Attic.
This region is blessed with a wealth of opportunities to see great art: the Warhol, the Carnegie, Mattress Factory, St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, etc. If your not familiar with the latter, it’s home to 22 hauntingly beautiful murals created by Maksimilijan “Maxo” Vanka who immigrated to this country from Croatia and painted the murals in 1937 and 1941. The murals depict the immigrant experience of his countrymen as they fled their war-torn land and became part of the labor force in this region. Vanka was a pacifist and many of the murals reflect his thoughts on war and social injustice.