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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.
Horror authors Michelle Lane (left) and Jewelle Gomez spoke at a Zoom webinar on Tuesday night as a part of the University Library System’s Women in Horror series.

Horror authors talk race, gender and vampires at ULS event

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
This panel was part of the larger Women in Horror series, a ULS project established to highlight the contributions of women to the genre.
Poet Rudy Francisco gave performances of slam poetry in between taking questions Thursday night, in a town hall hosted by the Resident Student Association. In addition to reciting his poetry, Francisco talked about his becoming a poet, activism and his experience as a Black man.

Rudy Francisco speaks on poetry’s political power at RSA town hall

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer April 9, 2021
Francisco has published five books of poetry revolving around the politics of race, class, gender and religion.
Pitt Missed Connections is an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with a person they wish they had spoken to. An anonymous Pitt student created the account after Pitt shut down due to the pandemic.

Instagram account seeks to reunite students’ missed connections

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
An anonymous Pitt student created Pitt Missed Connections on March 8, an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with the person they wish they had spoken to.
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing that chronicles the many faces of cities in the Rust Belt.

Local writers create anthology of Pittsburgh neighborhoods

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer April 7, 2021
“The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook” is part of an anthology series from Belt Publishing.
Mary Maggic, an artist who works with the intersection of biotechnology and art, is a Carnegie Mellon University alum. Their piece, titled “Estroworld,” is an interactive website that alludes to materialism and industrial toxicity.

‘Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology’ displays interaction of science and art

By Rashi Ranjan, Senior Staff Writer April 2, 2021
Artist Mary Maggic has combined their interests in body and gender politics, biohacking and environmental activism to create “Estroworld."
“Pattern Makers” is a temporary art exhibition from The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, curated by 10 members of Pitt’s history of art and architecture department. The exhibit is open both in person and virtually until May 9.

Pitt students curate ‘Pattern Makers’ exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of Art

By Suln Yun, Staff Writer March 31, 2021
The exhibit tracks the presence and meaning of patterns across a selection of works from Westmoreland’s collection.
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