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.
Mayor Thanks Contributors for “Undercover Boss,” Statement on VisitPittsburgh Funding & Letter from Ed Chadwick
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 23, 2015) Mayor William Peduto today released the names of core Pittsburgh stakeholders that have generously provided funding to support “Undercover Boss.” The show aired Dec. 21, 2014, and further enhanced the city’s reputation among millions of viewers worldwide.
On MLK Day, Mayor Participates with Pittsburgh Children to Promote Peace and Understanding Through the Arts
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 19, 2015) Mayor William Peduto’s schedule today focuses on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, along with Pittsburgh children citywide.
August Wilson’s boyhood home has been in the news. It had fallen into disrepair over the years but it will be getting a new life as a community arts space including “work and gallery space for artists, living space for a visiting artist and incorporating neighboring vacant lots to host outside events and parking spaces.” August Wilson’s ten-play cycle is celebrated worldwide and won two Pulitzer prizes for best drama–the plays focus on the lives of African Americans in the Hill District where Wilson grew up. His boyhood home is not only a Pittsburgh landmark–it’s also on the National Registry of historic landmarks.
Who’s the boss this Sunday night? It won’t be Mayor Bill Peduto on your TV set. That’s because he’ll be featured on the CBS Emmy-winning show “Undercover Boss.” The show takes a company owner or upper-level executive and disguises them so that they can become a “new hire” and experience firsthand what’s really happening among the rank-and-file workers. Typically, they take on physically strenuous job positions (which is where the fun comes in) and outstanding workers are rewarding by the show’s end.
Mayor Peduto’s 7th Annual Holiday Party will take place on December 9, 2014, 7:30-10pm in the historic Union Trust Building, 501 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.
Yoga provides a myriad of benefits both physical and mental to its practitioners. The Pittsburgh Yoga Collective (PYC) is a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh whose mission is to bring the practice of yoga and mindfulness to the many diverse populations and groups in the Pittsburgh region, including underserved and at-risk populations. The collective was created by Caitlin Lasky who brings her passion for helping others and her love of yoga combined with her work in local non-profits and her yoga training here, in Philadelphia, D.C. and New York City to create this brand new initiative.
The City of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that it has been invited to apply for the newly announced Public Art Challenge Grant, offered by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
JFilm and FISA will present the 2nd Annual ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Disabilities Film Festival on October 22, 26 and 30, 2014. The festival promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives and stories of people with different disabilities by showcasing award winning films by and about people with disabilities. Viewings of these films are enriched by post-screening discussions and programs to bring together the community to further explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.