Mayor William Peduto will welcome two international delegations to the city today as part of his continuing effort to strengthen Pittsburgh’s international ties. The first visit will be with a delegation from Pittsburgh’s first sister city, Wuhan, China. Later in the day, the Mayor will also meet with a European delegation to discuss the role of public-private partnerships.
Artist Vanessa German brought tears to the eyes of many Pittsburghers on Monday–and then all to their feet–with her amazing spoken word performance at the inauguration of Mayor Bill Peduto. In addition to being a performance artist, German is also a visual artist and many know her for those ubiquitous “Stop Shooting. We Love You” signs, as well as for her sculptures.
The Transition Committee of Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto, Building a New Pittsburgh, released details today regarding the schedule of activities for Inauguration Day on Monday, January 6, 2014.
This New Year’s Eve will mark the 20th anniversary of First Night Pittsburgh. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is the largest single-day celebration in the Pittsburgh region. With 150 events–including a special, one-time ice labyrinth–taking place at nearly 50 locations within Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, it takes a small army of volunteers to pull it all off. You can help the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust make this the best First Night yet in our city by volunteering for a shift on the 31st. Volunteer shifts last between 2.75 and 3.5 hours and you can pick an indoor or outdoor location.
‘Tis the season for outrageously ugly sweaters! From pop-up stores, to their own page at Amazon.com, to celebrity fashion wear, ugly holiday sweaters are a trend that will not die. In fact, demand for that perfectly tacky sweater has “skyrocketed” in the past five years, according to one retailer. If you have an ugly holiday sweater party in your future, why not make your own (and enjoy some great Church Brew Works beer while you’re at it).
On Friday, December 6, there will be a dedication ceremony for the new Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, located at at the North Shore Riverfront Park. The memorial was designed to bring the past into the present by juxtaposing glass walls engraved with WWII-era photographs of local images (as well battlefield images) with a view of Pittsburgh’s transformed, modern skyline.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words–yours could be worth a $250.00 gift card! Vibrant Pittsburgh’s mission is embrace inclusion by helping our region attract and maintain a diverse workforce and promoting our region nationally and internationally as welcoming to all. They want you to help show off how Pittsburgh has been transformed into a stunning city. They’re holding a contest–“Pittsburgh: A City Transformed”–to find the photograph that best represents the beauty of Pittsburgh’s transformation.
Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) is more than just an art gallery. Artist and owner Jason Sauer and film producer Nina Gibbs (married to Jason) have created something that has greatly added to the revitalization of their Garfield neighborhood. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District of Pittsburgh, the gallery also serves as a studio and performance space. But more than that, Sauer works with the Green+Screen project, which joins professional architects and designers with local youth from the community to develop sculpture for empty lots along Penn Ave. And MWFA works with disadvantaged youth and ex-offenders through Goodwill–teaching them construction skills and offering them competitive wages. Most Wanted Fine Art has the chance to get a Mission Main Street℠ Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.
“A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium,” was how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the singing of Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Gospel.” Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world with many firsts including being the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (1950) and the first to win a Grammy Award in the category of Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording (1962). She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 (the year she died). Her influence extended far beyond gospel to many musical genres including rock, pop and soul. A civil rights activist, she sang in front of 250,000 people at the March on Washington in 1963.
AIA Pittsburgh is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Their mission is to highlight the importance and value of good design in our region and its impact on each of us each day. Every October they hold an awards ceremony and gala to recognize outstanding architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region at their signature program, Design Pittsburgh 2013: Make Your Mark In Time! Bill Peduto will present this year’s Design Awards.