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Keepers of the Flame

Every year, the Legacy Arts Project plays host to events and activities that celebrate local Keepers of the Flame, those who have made lasting contributions to Pittsburgh and the region through their expressions in the arts. Reflecting the vastness, diversity, and beauty of the African Diaspora, these artists teach by way of their craft, inspiring others to recognize their own creativity as well as responsibility for making the world a better place. They are the heroes and sheroes of our community and for that, we share in the celebration of their gifts.

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in the Community

The 12th annual awards ceremony to honor local artists for their lifelong contributions to the arts.

Save the Date!!

Sunday, May 19th 2019

Jeron X. Grayson Community Center
1852 Enoch St
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Doors open at 2:00p
Show begins at 3:00p

$25.00 for adults
$15.00 for seniors and youth

Tickets can also be purchased at The Door

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11th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards

Saturday, February 17th, 2018
@ The Hosanna House
807 Wallace Ave • Wilkinsburg

6:00pm Reception
7:00pm Awards Ceremony

We honored the following community members who have helped to shape and sustain the culture of the African Diaspora in Pittsburgh:

Lorena Amos, Cathleen Bailey, Norma Jean Barnes, Cecil Brooks, II, Norman Brown, George Hogan, and Stella Hopewell are our distinguished 2018 honorees.

Each awardee has contributed something unique to the lives of their fellow Pittsburghers. Through dance, art, literature and performance their gifts continue to uplift the spirit of creativity within all of us.

*This project is supported by the Advancing Black Arts Grant of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments


Saturday, November 12th, 2016
@ The Hosanna House
807 Wallace Ave • Wilkinsburg

7:00pm Reception
8:00pm Awards Ceremony


  • Dessie Bey

  • Harry Clark

  • Bob Daniels

  • John Ford

  • Roland Ford

  • Mayota Hill

  • Macharia McCoy

Friday, November 13th, 2015
@ The Hill House Kaufman Center



Saturday, November 15th, 2014 @ The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum