All tours depart at 2:15 p.m. from David L. Lawrence Convention Center, East Lobby, ground level.
Experience the arts and culture of Pittsburgh first-hand!
ARTventure Tours provide special off-site, educational tours for all conference attendees. Participation is limited, so select the ARTventure Tour of your choice and be sure to sign up in advance. ARTventure Tours require an additional registration fee of $30 per person. Based on availability, ARTventure Tours permit a maximum of two guests per participant.
Each ARTventure tour has a maximum capacity of 34 persons. Please sign up early to reserve your spot!
The 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention ARTventure Tours are sponsored in part by The Heinz Endowments and the President's Discretionary Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.
This year, we are excited to offer:
Take an in-depth look at local organizations whose work focuses on the art of African-Americans, Africa, and the larger Diaspora. The tour includes stops in the historic Hill District, home of the playwright August Wilson, and considered by many to be the seat of African-American cultural life in Pittsburgh. You’ll also explore the world-famous Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, a new performing and visual arts space.
See how 17 cultural, educational, and recreational organizations on the North Side are transforming traditional understanding of community impact. You’ll visit “charms” like the Mattress Factory, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a children’s radio show, the New Hazlett Theater, a garden art installation, and the spontaneous house-painting of Randyland.
In a city of nearly 90 neighborhoods, "cultural districts" often arise from the grassroots. Come explore three neighborhoods with growing arts communities. Named for Hollywood legend Gene Kelly and jazz composer Billy Strayhorn, the Kelly-Strayhorn will discuss its role as a cultural anchor in the fast-developing East Liberty. Just up the street, the artist-run spaces including Assemble and Most Wanted Fine Art will discuss their role in the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative. Also get a sense of how the ToonSeum, a startup cartoon museum, made inroads to downtown’s established Cultural District.
Explore the bones of the steel industry—from the Carrie Furnace to the Carnegie Museum of Art. Visit the remains of the old Carrie Furnace, a National Historic Landmark that will be buzzing with artists-in-residence working on-site. Explore UnSmoke Systems Artspace, a repurposed school building helping to reimagine the blighted Borough of Braddock after its glory days of steel. You will also tour the Carnegie Museum of Art, founded in 1895 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie (who also owned Carrie Furnace). The museum is recognized internationally for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the late 17th century to the present.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
The Strip District is home to local food markets, antique shops, specialty grocery stores, design businesses, and the new Pittsburgh Public Market. Stop by the 31st Street Film Studio, home to recent films like The Dark Knight Rises and Jack Reacher, and the Society for Contemporary Craft, offering cutting edge exhibitions of non-mainstream art. Tour the combined studios of Attack Theatre and the Pittsburgh Opera.
This tour will highlight a regional effort to make cultural facilities, programs, and artwork as enjoyable for visitors with disabilities as those without. Experience first hand how a museum makes art accessible to people living with dementia, a dance group engages American Sign Language interpreters in its performances, and several theater venues and the Pittsburgh Opera translate stage performances into multisensory experiences through use of infrared hearing devices, touch tours, and more.
One of the most up-and-coming areas, this tour will discuss neighborhoods in transition to becoming hot spots. Venues will include local galleries, artist live/work spaces, and other creative industry businesses in the 16:62 design zone. We’ll also discuss Art All Night, an entirely volunteer run annual art celebration that draws more than 10,000 people in one night. Warning: this tour of “Larryville” may encounter hipsters.
See how the arts have helped Pittsburgh shake the steel city stigma through green venues for arts and culture. Play at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and tour the world at the Phipps Conservatory. Meet local artists focusing their work on environmental issues. We’re quite confident that this will be the most fun you’ve ever had in three unique, LEED-certified buildings.
The East End houses some of the city’s artistic gems—often situated right in the middle of residential neighborhoods. Visit the Union Project, a renovated church building turned arts and enterprise center featuring a ceramics cooperative program, and tour the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the city's foremost visual arts organization focused primarily on the presentation of contemporary art created in the region. Explore The Frick Art Museum with outstanding examples of early-Renaissance Sienese painting and 18th-century French painting, furniture, and decorative arts. Meet nearly 20 local artists at a building packed with studios.