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2022

Pittsburgh exhibit
Apr 22

New Pittsburgh exhibit celebrates hometown playwright August Wilson: ‘Everyone’s life experiences are important’

The American playwright – the author of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Fences,” “The Piano Lesson” and more — set almost all of his work in his hometown, writing about some…

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August Wilson
Apr 22

New permanent exhibit highlights the life and work of playwright August Wilson

August Wilson was not nearly as prolific. He broke through with “Jitney” in 1982 when he was 37, and followed with a staggering burst of creativity. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,”…

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Apr 22

New permanent exhibit highlights the life and work of playwright August Wilson

August Wilson was not nearly as prolific. He broke through with “Jitney” in 1982 when he was 37, and followed with a staggering burst of creativity. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,”…

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August Wilson Center exhibit immerses visitors in 'writer's landscape'
Apr 18

‘The Writer’s Landscape’ celebrates famed playwright August Wilson and his Pittsburgh roots

Few Pittsburgh-born artists have had as great an impact on their fields as did playwright August Wilson, who won the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes for drama in 1987…

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August Wilson
Apr 17

Walk into August Wilson’s life and plays in immersive new exhibit

NPR

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, who died in 2005, is one of the prides of Pittsburgh – yet until this week, there has been no site in…

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Hits and Misses
Apr 15

Hits and Misses

The late playwright August Wilson has loomed large over the Pittsburgh cultural landscape for 40 years, but there has not been a permanent exhibit on his life and work available…

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Apr 15

Family Of Youngest Black Woman Museum Exhibit Designer Who Died From COVID-19 Continuing Her Legacy

She was the youngest Black woman museum exhibit designer and she aspired to start her own firm. The 30-year-old Philadelphia native didn’t get to live out her dream, but now,…

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New August Wilson Center exhibition reveals playwright's work, life
Apr 13

New August Wilson Center exhibition reveals playwright’s work, life

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center finally has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of its Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake.

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August Wilson Center exhibit immerses visitors in 'writer's landscape'
Apr 12

August Wilson Center exhibit immerses visitors in ‘writer’s landscape’

“August Wilson’s work is universal,” said Janis Burley Wilson, the August Wilson Center’s president and CEO. “The themes that he explores in his plays are love, betrayal, trust, hopes, dreams….

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Mar 30

10 April events not to miss in Pittsburgh

We can imagine no better place for the first-ever permanent exhibition dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Hill District native August Wilson. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to be immersed in Wilson’s vision and see…

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Feb 28

August Wilson Center to Open First-Ever Exhibition Dedicated to Its Namesake

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center will soon honor its namesake with an exhibition dedicated to the playwright’s life and work. On April 16, the center will premiere “August…

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2021

May 12

Black-Led Community Spotlight: AWAACC Board Chair Tracey McCants Lewis

Pittsburgh born and bred, Tracey McCants Lewis has been a law professor, a civil rights attorney, and currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for…

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2020

Jul 31
Apr 01

The Latest on New Event Dates and Online Initiatives

Dear Friends, Like many of you, I am looking forward to brighter days. As we continue to practice social distancing, the most important step we can collectively take to protect…

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Feb 25

Inspire Black

For most people, there has been an individual or two that influenced them—who inspire them to take a chance and to try and reach their dreams. From leaders like Malcolm…

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Feb 18

2019

Oct 16

Ben Jones and Amani Lewis at AWAACC

Pittsburgh had the pleasure of welcoming two new art exhibits, Resurgence—Rise Again: The art of Ben Jones, and Amani Lewis: Subjective Nature, on September 13th at the August Wilson African American…

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Jul 15

Why You Should Become an AWAACC Member

The AWAACC is your home for African American arts and arts of the African Diaspora and is a dynamic home for unique and inspiring arts and culture that transforms our…

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Jun 14

A Guide to AWAACC Venue Rentals

If you are looking for a unique and functional facility for your next event, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a great option! We have put together a…

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Mar 27

Coming Soon – Summer Visual Arts Exhibition

Coming Soon to AWAACC Summer Visual Arts Exhibition, Race and Revolution: Still Separate- Still Unequal Start the spring season by visiting the August Wilson African American Cultural Center to experience…

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