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2024

Jul 16

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Extends Xippi, Heritage, and Metamorphosis: Voices in West African Art Through Sunday, July 14, 2024

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 3, 2024 – Due to popular demand, August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) has extended the exhibit Xippi, Heritage, and Metamorphosis: Voices in West African Art through…

Jun 18

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Celebrates Juneteenth, Pride Month and Black Music Month Throughout June

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 2024 – “June is bustin’ out all over” and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is bursting with great music celebrating Black Music Month and…

Jun 12

Howie Alexander and Phillip Thompson Showcase Their Homegrown Talents as Artists-in–Residence in the B.U.I.L.D. Residency Program, Made Possible by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 12, 2024 – The August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s (AWAACC) fourth annual B.U.I.L.D. Residency Program, made possible with major support from the Richard King Mellon…

Apr 30

14th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Returns September 19 – 22, 2024

THE HOMECOMING! 14th Annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Returns September 19 – 22, 2024 with FREE Concerts on Liberty Avenue and Pays Tribute to the 15th Anniversary of the Opening of…

Apr 01

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Presents Three Outstanding Exhibits Featuring Artists of West African Descent

PITTSBURGH, PA, April 01, 2024 – Art lovers, get ready: Three expansive cultural exhibits at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) in Pittsburgh demonstrate once again AWAACC’s commitment…

Mar 28

Relive the 2023 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Presented by Citizens with Concert Highlights Airing FREE over 48 Hours Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 2024, 7:00 pm (EDT)

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 28, 2024 – In honor of National Jazz Appreciation Month, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is sharing another opportunity to enjoy the 2023 Pittsburgh International…

Mar 28

The Grammy Winning, Multi-Talented Singer, Songwriter and Producer MÝA Performs at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s Soul Sessions Series on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 8:00 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 28, 2024 – Performing at the top of her game, drawing from her hit-filled career spanning more than 25 years, the dynamic diva known as Mýa comes…

Feb 15

Eight-Time Grammy Winning Bassist/Bandleader Christian McBride To Perform a Swinging Evening of Jazz at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center on Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 15, 2024 – Since he came on the scene in the late eighties, the eight-time Grammy winner, Philadelphia-born bassist, bandleader, educator and media host Christian McBride…

Feb 09

Karla Ferguson: Curator, World Changer, Mother, Warrior

Ferguson’s Work Shines in Tim Okamura’s Onna-Bugeisha: Warriors of Light on Display Now Through February 18, 2024 at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson African American Cultural Center Closing Reception with Ferguson and Okamura Set for February…

Feb 09

Bomb Magazine Interview with Tim Okamura & Jessica Lanay

My first encounter with Tim Okamura’s work was in a small, dimly lit gallery in a brooklyn museum in 2012. The moderate relief from his art’s build-up of paint gave…

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Feb 08

Neo-Soul Duo Kindred The Family Soul Kicks Off 2024 Soul Sessions at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024, 8:00 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 8, 2024  — Following in the footsteps of Ashford & Simpson, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon — better known as the Philadelphia-based, husband and wife duo, Kindred The…

Jan 15

Hooks & Phonics Festival Makes Hip-hop and Spoken Word Poetry History at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Poetry Unplugged returns with two additional days of headlining acts including Rapsody, aja monet and Slum Village: January 19 – 21, 2024 January 15, 2024 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The August Wilson…

2023

Oct 31

Best Pittsburgh concerts this week: The 1975, Grace Potter, Blues Fest, Joni tribute and more

The 6th annual festival, showcasing connections of the blues from Africa to the Americas, will feature a Friday night concert with Bobby Rush, the two-time Grammy winning Arkansas-bred bluesman.

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Oct 27

Citizens bank gifts Pittsburgh Film Office $200,000 toward CREATE PA jobs initiative

Western Pennsylvania’s film industry just received some great news at a time when this region’s creatives have been desperately searching for a win.

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Oct 25

‘It feels great to be back’: Black Bottom Film Festival returns to August Wilson Center

True cinephiles like Janis Burley can’t hide the glee in their voices while discussing movies. Burley is the president and CEO of Downtown’s August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

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Oct 20

August Wilson African American Cultural Center Unveils an Inspiring ’23-’24 Season Celebrating Arts and Culture

September 27, 2023 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is proud to announce its captivating ’23-’24 season lineup, showcasing an array of remarkable events, exhibitions,…

Oct 20

The 6th Black Bottom Film Festival Presented By Citizens

Celebrating the Tapestry of African American Cinema October 10, 2023 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF), proudly presented by Citizens, returns for its sixth edition, illuminating and…

Oct 10

Black Bottom Film Festival To Honor Academy Museum Head Jacqueline Stewart At 2023 Edition Curated By Micheaux Film Festival

Pittsburgh’s Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF), hosted by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC), has inked a curatorial partnership with LA’s Micheaux Film Festival for its upcoming sixth…

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Sep 12

Best Pittsburgh Concerts this Week: Jazz Fest, Old Dominion, Melvins, $uicideboy$ and More

The festival returns for a 13th edition with a stellar lineup of jazz and R&B artists over four nights at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Downtown, and Highmark…

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Sep 12

The 13th Annual Jazz Festival is a Star-Studded Affair

The 13th annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival returns to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center and Highmark Stadium Thursday through Sunday.

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Jun 20

LEDISI Returns to Pittsburgh with a Tribute to Nina Simone

The Evening Continues with the Taste of Jazz Party Featuring Selecta, Hubb’s Groove, Kevin Howard and Jonathan Barber, Plus Food and Beverage Tastings Presented by Area Restaurants Tickets Are On Sale Now…

Feb 06

PITTSBURGH OPERA SEEKS BIPOC DANCERS FOR ITS PRODUCTION OF WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED AS PART OF ITS 2022-23 SEASON

We Shall Not Be Moved premiered at Opera Philadelphia in 2017 and was directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, who will direct and choreograph Pittsburgh Opera’s production in the…

Jan 18

August Wilson Society (AWS) Announces 2023 Biennial Colloquium: March 2-4, 2023

 Pittsburgh, PA – The August Wilson Society (AWS), in collaboration with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) and University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS), is pleased to announce…

Jan 18

REFLECTIONS ON THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC ARE INSPRIATION FOR DR. IMO IMEH’S NEW EXHBITION THE HOPE OF RADIANCE

 The Hope of Radiance brings together art works and texts created between 2020 – 2022 that are part of Dr. Imo Nse Imeh’s developing project titled Benediction  January 18, 2023…

2022

Aug 09

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Expanded To Include “D Byrd@90: Tribute To Donald Byrd And The Blackbyrds” With Musical Direction By Sean Jones And Special Performances Featuring Gary Bartz, Nate Smith, Endea Owens, Frank Lacy, Louis Cato, Brett Williams & The Donald Byrd Cultural Foundation

Pittsburgh’s preeminent Jazz Festival to include A Taste of Jazz featuring food from the City’s most innovative eateries following performance from Ron Carter Foursight at the August Wilson African American…