Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Maps Promote Neighborhood Arts Scenes
Struggling to keep up with all the artistic and cultural opportunities in Pittsburgh?
Now there’s a map for that.
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has developed maps that highlight over 145 arts venues and organizations in and around Pittsburgh – Downtown (including Lawrenceville); East End (including the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg); to the north, covering the north side, Cranberry and Wexford; and to the south, covering Carnegie, McMurray and Canonsburg.
The council includes more than 600 artists and organizations and provides financial, professional, and political support for arts and culture in southwestern Pennsylvania.
In addition to the cards, new “N’art” initiatives include media promotions of upcoming events for more than 50 organizations and the distribution of stickers that can earn cardholders free tickets and passes to these events and others. ‘N’art’ is an extension of the council’s previous Restart the Arts campaign to re-engage individuals, patrons and businesses with local arts post-pandemic.
“We have decided to pursue the goals of this campaign this year to support the arts community still recovering from the covid pandemic,” said Kristen Wishon, Senior Director of External Affairs at GPAC. “Many attendance figures are still below pre-pandemic levels.
“The feedback we’ve received from our arts community over the past year is that they would like to see more specific ads for their events and organizations,” she said. “That’s when we decided to transition from promoting the general Pittsburgh arts scene to promoting individual events and organizations.”
Mapping them seemed like a logical first step.
“There are so many different places people can explore in and around the city, it’s almost overwhelming,” Wishon said.
Locations on each map are color-coded by discipline, including photography and visual arts, dance, music, crafts, and more, as well as landmarks in each area.
Paper maps are available at arts venues, cafes and businesses in the city. They can also be downloaded from the GPAC website at artsburgh.org.
“Because we are limited in space on (physical) maps, we realize that we may have missed someone, as well as organizations that don’t have physical space to put on a map because their locations change or they show up in different locations,” Wishon said. “These people are also listed online.
“There’s more available online than what’s on the map, and we plan to continue to update and make more print editions, keep adding to them, and refining them for our community,” a- she declared.
GPAC representatives will have tables at community and arts events in August and September to hand out cards and stickers, which can be placed on bumpers, water bottles, backpacks or other personal effects which may result in gifts if spotted at a subsequent event.
Some of these upcoming events include Friday’s Music on the Mon at SouthSide Works, Saturday’s yART Sale at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media in Shadyside, the Monroeville Jazz Festival on September 3, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Galleries Tour on September 23. .