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2022

May 02

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Launches First Work in New Residency Program: Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt

All-female cast & crew present opera inspired by the life of Swiss explorer and writer May 21 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ET Produced by DEMASKUS Theater Collective, Amanda…

Apr 26

Ron Carter Foursight Quartet, Ledisi, Stanley Clarke, Samara Joy, Incognito With Maysa Leak and More to Perform as Part of August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival September 16-18, 2022

Lineup includes Average White Band, Buster Williams, Orrin Evans Trio, Aymée Nuviola with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and more  April 26, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA –The August Wilson African American Cultural Center…

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

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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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Apr 01

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Renames 1839 Gallery to Honor Exhibition Designer Victoria Renée Edwards

Inaugural Exhibition to Feature Works in Collaboration by Multidisciplinary Artists Li Harris and Alisha B. Wormsley, on view April 8 – August 28, 2022  April 1, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA…

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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Feb 24

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Opens August Wilson: the Writer’s Landscape Saturday, April 16 First-ever Permanent Exhibition Dedicated to Life of Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright

February 24, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) announced today that August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape, the first-ever permanent exhibition dedicated to the…

2021

Sep 08

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces Fall 2021 Line-up

Featuring Signature Festivals:  Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featuring Chaka Khan Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival featuring Mavis Staples  We Want the Funk Festival featuring Steve Arrington, and Ladies of SKYY,…

Jul 20

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces Additional Artists for 11th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival September 17-19, 2021

Featuring Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Branford Marsalis, Patrice Rushen, Gregory Porter, Jazzmeia Horn, and more  July 20, 2021 – Pittsburgh, PA – The August Wilson African…

Jun 21

August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Partnership With Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Presents Roger Guenveur Smith’s Frederick Douglass Now on Saturday, August 21

Live, one-night-only Performance takes place at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, where Frederick Douglass spoke 145 years ago  Smith also joins August Wilson African American Cultural Center as Guest Theater…

Jun 08

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces 11th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Featuring Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, and Marcus Miller

Line-up also includes Gregory Porter, Jazzmeia Horn, The Baylor Project, Lakecia Benjamin, and more  June 8, 2021 – Pittsburgh, PA – The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) announced…

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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May 05

August Wilson African American Cultural Center to Reopen May 22, 2021 With New Visual Arts Exhibition: Minding My Business (I said what i said)

Exhibition featuring works by Rabéa Ballin, Krista Franklin, Deun Ivory, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Pia Love, Natalie Lauren Sims, and SHAN Wallace Curated by Selenite Arts Advisory  May 5, 2021 –…

Apr 22

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Receives Over $1 Million in Support From Richard King Mellon Foundation

Generous funding includes $350,000 for the creation of artist resident program supporting local, emerging artists of color  Pittsburgh, PA – April 22, 2021 – The August Wilson African American Cultural…

Apr 13

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces Tracey Mccants Lewis as New Chair of the Board

Dr. Rahmon Hart, Tony Murphy, Shiv Seth, and Dr. James Taylor Join as Trustees of the Non-Profit Cultural Center  Pittsburgh, PA – April 13, 2021 – The August Wilson African…

Feb 21

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces Black History Month Programming

Pittsburgh’s Black Art Scene: Past, Present & Future, a retrospective on Pittsburgh’s role in the cultural lexicon and a celebration of the city’s historic arts scene presented as part of…

Feb 16

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces Youth Writers Camp Utilizing August Wilson’s Award-winning Works as Curriculum to Develop Students’ Unique Voices

Open to all middle and high school students, fourth annual camp session runs March 20-July 3  February 16, 2021 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC),…