Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

The Second Pittsburgh Humanities Festival is set for March 24-26. We hope you’ll join us for a discussion of humanities, arts, and equitable community development on March 25 as well as a pre-festival panel March 19 on diversity in ballet.


More Just Communities: From Stories to Action

Explore storytelling and conversation, artmaking and artviewing as intentional processes that bring people together to take action and build a better shared future. As part of the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival's Core Conversations series, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council will present "More Just Communities: From Stories to Action" with Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Join us Saturday, March 25, 4:30 p.m., at the Harris Theater. Ticket information is available here.

The following panelists will describe their work in documentary film, creative placemaking, and humanities-based resident engagement in a conversation moderated by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist and Associate Editor Tony Norman:

  • Chris Ivey, a seasoned filmmaker in Pittsburgh, created the “East of Liberty” documentary series, which explores issues of race and class and addresses resident’s fears about gentrification.
  • Jason Schupbach oversees design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships at the National Endowment for the Arts, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's federal agency collaborations related to community development.
  • Lindsay Houpt-Varner, a historian, directs Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul, an initiative to strengthen Greater Carlisle through storytelling and community engagement, using the Orton Family Foundation’s nationally recognized Community Heart & Soul® method.

Diversity in Ballet

We also want to draw your attention to a pre-festival event: the panel discussion "Diversity in Ballet" on Sunday, March 19, at 4:45 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, presented by the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.




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