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The Black Lives in Focus initiative aims to celebrate and showcase Black lives, voices and experiences in an engaging and direct way. As part of one of their exhibitions, various artwork is now on large scale display along the Omicron Delta Kappa walkway of the Cathedral lawn.

Black Lives in Focus art exhibition opens on Cathedral lawn

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer September 10, 2021
Artwork by local Pitt artists focusing on Black lives are now on large-scale display along the Omicron Delta Kappa walkway of the Cathedral lawn, the space between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel.
“Making home here” debuted on Thursday night with a free community block party, which included games of hopscotch, jump rope, a DJ and vegan food trucks.

‘Making home here’ exhibit debuts quarantine inspired art at The Mattress Factory

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer September 3, 2021
“Making home here” is this year’s first in-person exhibition at the Mattress Factory, centering around themes of equity in the arts. The exhibit will run until late spring 2022.
A 100-foot long brightly colored dragon stands at the end of The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s lantern-filled tunnel, one of the attractions of the zoo’s Asian Lantern Festival event.

Pittsburgh Zoo glows with animal-themed Asian Lantern Festival

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer August 26, 2021
As a part of their newly unveiled Asian Lantern Festival — which opened on Aug. 14 and is set to run through Oct. 30 — the Pittsburgh Zoo has brought animal-themed and handmade lantern art throughout the entire zoo’s route.
The Center for Creativity is finally opening their second space this year, the Text & conText Lab space, located in the Hillman Library.

Center For Creativity prepares for fall with new strategies, workspaces

By Julia DiPietro, For The Pitt News August 18, 2021
The Center for Creativity opened a new creative space a few weeks ago on the third floor of the Hillman Library, called Text & conText, where students can try out bookbinding, papermaking, calligraphy, a Vandercook proof press and more.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting Inside Out, an outdoor event series of art, food and music, as a way to unite the Pittsburgh community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carnegie Museum of Art shakes up summer with Inside Out event

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer July 14, 2021
The Carnegie Museum of Art is not only offering the community their expansive collection of exhibits this summer, but they are now including food trucks, musical performances and easels where guests can explore through art.
Xandria Phillips was selected as the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.

CAAPP names poet Xandria Phillips as new creative writing fellow

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer June 23, 2021
When Xandria Phillips was growing up, they wrote poetry as a way to cope with the ups and downs of being a teenager in rural Ohio. Now they are the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.
The Three Rivers Arts Festival returns for in-person activities spanning across the entire Cultural District this year, with art and food vendors at Point State Park.

Three Rivers Arts Festival brings live music, art and food back to the Cultural District

By Jessica McKenzie, For The Pitt News June 9, 2021
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has returned with the Three Rivers Arts Festival for both in-person and virtual activity, offering ten days of free art displays and live music.
Argyle Studio held its grand opening last Thursday, offering Oakland a unique space for artistic retail. The pop-up shop represents the diversity of the Oakland community through a variety of products, including the creative work of over 30 local artists and vendors.

Local Pittsburgh artist studio opens on Forbes Avenue

By Jessica McKenzie, For The Pitt News June 2, 2021
Argyle Studio, a new pop-up artist’s shop in Oakland, came to fruition through the right-and-left-brain mother-daughter duo, Christine and Brigette Bethea. The pair envisioned Oakland’s newest retail space and brought it to life with a grand opening last Thursday.
The club TEDx @Pitt hosted a conference Sunday afternoon featuring presentations from four speakers, including first-year microbiology major Kim Le, career consultant and Pitt alumna Emily Bennett, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of the 181st District of Pennsylvania and Provost Ann Cudd.

TEDx @Pitt hosts conference to reflect on 2020

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer April 19, 2021
Since TEDx @Pitt is an independent conference, it was put together entirely by Pitt students, according to Ryan Young, vice president of the organization.
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival @ Home will feature Daphne Brooks (left), a Yale professor and Black feminist music critic, and Jasmine Cho, a baker based in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings humanities to the people with Humanities Festival @ Home

By Siddhi Shockey, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2021
The festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University, offers weekly talks about various topics in the humanities.
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