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Tuesday, April 3

6:00pm EDT

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Free and open to all ages! 

This workshop explores how the use of art and technology has changed how social justice movements are borne, as well as how activists engage, organize and incite change. As three elements of art, technology, and social justice converge we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in modern day organizing. This workshop explores this phenomenon.


Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
1 Hood Media
Wednesday, April 4

6:00pm EDT

Exploration of Identity and Gesture with the Mattress Factory and Wesley High School
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Free and open to all ages. 

The Mattress Factory has partnered with Wesley High School in a collaboration of installation art and photography focused on gesture and identity. Join the opening reception of this collaboration on April 4th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Mattress Factory

6:30pm EDT

A Conversation Between Designers Brett Yasko and Bonnie Siegler
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Free and open to all. 

AIGA Pittsburgh and Penguin Bookshop invite you to join us for an evening with award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler, named one of the fifty most influential designers working today (Graphic Design USA). The Eight and a Half founder and Carnegie Mellon University alumni will share stories and advice from her latest book, DEAR CLIENT, while in conversation with distinguished Pittsburgh designer, Brett Yasko.

Siegler is a go-to source for the creative world and the business world alike. In her experience, a lack of good communication wastes time and money and ruins the potential for a good relationship. In all cases, both parties fail: the client doesn’t get the visual identity they want, and the creatives aren’t able to do their job. In her one-of-a-kind book, DEAR CLIENT: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People, Siegler unveils the strategies needed to foster better communication between creatives and the businesses that hire them.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University Wean Hall, Room 7500
Thursday, April 5

6:00pm EDT

Everyone Is Welcome: An Inclusive Sustainability Showcase
Free and open to the public.

This event was founded to provide a platform for artists, performers and creators within the realm of sustainability as part of our mission to bridge the campus-community divide and build relationships outside of our walls. This showcase is formed around the idea that a sustainable future can only be a reality if our conversations and collaborations are considerate of, and accessible to, people of all walks of life - regardless of discipline, age, socio-economic background, demographic, or passion. Submissions for this event are completely open to all, including university students, partnering communist art collectives, K-8 schools, and community members and include writing, visual arts, performance, installation and more. The event is free to the public, all-ages, with donations supporting participants. Subject matter ranges from environmentalism, social justice and migration to interconnection, visions of the future and change.  More Information

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Frame Gallery

6:30pm EDT

Creative Conversation Series: Giving a Voice to the Issues We Face Together
Free and open to all!

Every month in 2018 join us at the Union Project to give a voice to the issues we face together. We have seen a need in our community to have a brave space to hold ongoing dialogue throughout the year. Each Creative Conversation is facilitated by community leaders around agape love, finding and defining community, and inclusion. Through the Creative Conversation series, we hope to grow people’s capacity to address issues of inequity in our community. Each conversation is shaped by those participating in this open format. We share our unique perspectives, hopes, and concerns – and then help challenge one another to take action in our lives to create positive change. Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door.

Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at michelle@unionproject.org if you have specific accommodations or needs.

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Union Project 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Friday, April 6

6:00pm EDT

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Preview Performances
Free and open to all!

Join us at Youth Innovation Night at Nova Place for preview performances from Pittsburgh Fringe 2018.

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Nova Place

6:00pm EDT

VaultArt Studio - A Project of ACHIEVA
Free and open to all!

Come see VaultArt Studio's newest exhibition during Unblurred: First Friday on Penn Avenue! VaultArt Studio represents artists who have developed complex creative practices on their own, but until now have not been able to expand their work beyond the studio and into the community. At VaultArt Studio, artists utilize professional-level arts instruction, exhibition space, and career coaching in order to transform their creativity into the calling of their choice. When you purchase artwork through VaultArt Studio, 100% of the proceeds go back to the artists. Your purchases help to support these artists to pursue their unique visions. VaultArt Studio is a project of ACHIEVA, the only agency of its type in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides lifelong supports to individuals with disabilities and their families.

First Fridays - 6-9PM
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Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
VaultArt Studio

6:00pm EDT

Unblurred - First Fridays
Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn is a monthly initiative sponsored by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a joint program of the BGC and Friendship Development Associates. What started as an attempt to revitalize Penn Avenue between Negley and Mathilda has transformed into one of the city's hottest cultural events.

Each month, people from all over the region stroll Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks to meet with artists and local business owners. Visitors can expect to see everyone and everything. Families, singles, workers, students, long-time residents and first-time visitors alike can bask in Penn Avenue's creative energy – experiencing a mix of photography, dance, painting, sculpture, music and spoken word performances. The Garfield Night Market also takes place during Unblurred from May through September.You can find each month's Unblurred listings on our Events page. Past Unblurred event listings can be found on our Archives page. If you take any cool pics during your visit to Unblurred, please feel free to share them on your social media sites with the hashtags #proudtobepenn #unblurred #pennavenue412 #openonpenn.

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Penn Avenue

8:00pm EDT

FUTUREMAKERS Labs with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Free and open to all!

FUTUREMAKERS Labs is a space for curators, event producers, and non-traditional practitioners to flourish. The program provides participants with action steps to advance their artistic practice, alongside a strengthened relationship with a small network of peer artists. Artists will also have the opportunity to connect with community stakeholders and local creative entrepreneurs through the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s network. This exposure will build an increased understanding of the intersection between commerce, community, and creative practice. https://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/unblurred-alloy-2nd-annual-futuremakers-mixtape/

Friday April 6, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Kelly Strayhorn Theater