Category: Arts and Culture

Celebrate the Season at the Union Project’s “Spring Thing”

Celebrate the Season at the Union Project’s “Spring Thing”

It’s probably a safe bet to say that most Pittsburghers hope we’ve seen the last snowflake and are ready to celebrate the changing of the seasons. If you’re ready to jump into Spring, come on out to the Union Project’s “Spring Thing” on April 25th and 26th.

Going Global Right Here at Home

Going Global Right Here at Home

The world is getting smaller and Amizade’s The Global Switchboard aims to facilitate that trend. Pittsburgh has dozens of social-profit organizations which work on global/local connections. The Global Switchboard will provide a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for organizations and individuals involved in global engagement.

Mayor Hosts International Delegations from China and Europe

Mayor Hosts International Delegations from China and Europe

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.

Enjoy Vanessa German’s Spoken Word Performance from Mayor Peduto’s Inauguration

Enjoy Vanessa German’s Spoken Word Performance from Mayor Peduto’s Inauguration

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.

Peduto Transition Committee Announces Inauguration Day Activities

Peduto Transition Committee Announces Inauguration Day Activities

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.

Volunteers Needed for First Night Pittsburgh

Volunteers Needed for First Night Pittsburgh

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.

Crafts & Drafts: Make Your Own Ugly Holiday Sweater!

Crafts & Drafts: Make Your Own Ugly Holiday Sweater!

‘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).

Southwestern PA WWII Memorial Artist Lecture & Dedication Ceremony

Southwestern PA WWII Memorial Artist Lecture & Dedication Ceremony

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.

Take the Best Photo of “Pittsburgh: A City Transformed”

Take the Best Photo of “Pittsburgh: A City Transformed”

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.

Take a Few Seconds to Vote for Most Wanted Fine Art

Take a Few Seconds to Vote for Most Wanted Fine Art

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 Streetâ„  Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.