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Celebrating African American History in Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh’s famous Cultural District, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture stands as a dazzling, modern beacon of art and social progress. The museum hosts galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theatre, and a multitude of spaces for visual and performing arts. Since 2009, this building has celebrated the contributions, in all its forms, of African Americans in Western Pennsylvania, and not just those that have been already made. Through November, the August Wilson Center hosts Fashion Africana’s Costumes of the Wiz Live!, a world premiere event featuring the NBC television show featuring the Tony-award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell. Besides the epic and elegant artistic of Tazewell’s, the exhibit also displays set pieces, drawings, and more. 

Seeing is believing at the OpticVoice exhibit on display at the 1839 Gallery in the August Wilson Center until December 2nd. The interactive photography exhibit documents moments in individual’s lives that were part of the Black Lives Matter movement in Pittsburgh. Its goal is to combat the negativity and slander found in news media with an alternate perspective to recount historical events. Curated by Emmy-award-winner Emmai Alaquira, the mixed media visual exhibit is sure to make you think and, as the exhibit intends, to speak up. For detailed tours and visits, contact OpticVoice@gmail.com or call 412-974-8215. More information and pictures from the exhibit can be found at OpticVoices.org.

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 11AM-6PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM-8PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM.

Brandon Sherbo, Guest Blogger

 

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