Latest News with Legacy Arts

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Latest News with Legacy Arts
So much has transpired since our last newsletter in August. The unease of humanity, striking within hearts and homes around the world. None of us immune. What becomes of our time, our presence, our interactions with each other? What is our responsibility to this lifetime? As an arts organization, what is our duty? What is our role?

As we seek the answers as an organization, it becomes clear that the journey is personal. We must embody and enact the very ideals that wish to see in the world. We must show up, ready to love who we are, loving each other, and intending the healing of humanity.

Since last you heard from us, we've been in a state of transition. Preparing to move from one space to another has had us a little off the radar. Nevertheless, we have continued our momentum, bubbling beneath the surface, preparing for the seasons ahead.

And we return with renewed senses, feelings of gratitude for our work; that of Legacy, the arts community, the city of Pittsburgh, and the world. We realize that we are here to create, express, and experience the wonders and love of being human - mind, body, and spirit.

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THE 12TH ANNUAL KEEPERS OF THE FLAME AWARDS
FEBRUARY  23, 2019

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Nominations for the 12th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards

With next year's event quickly approaching, the Legacy Arts Project is seeking nominations from the community for our 2019 awards. The requirements for nominees is that they have been producing creative works of the African diaspora in Pittsburgh for at least 20 years.
Click here to make a nomination

Gwen's Girls and Legacy Arts

African dance is widely seen as a way to expose youth and adults to dance and drums of Africa, that it is good exercise and fun to do. For most, all of that is true. For Legacy, we know that its all that, then some.

The new partnership between Gwen's Girls and Legacy bring approximately 20 girls to experience movement, art-making, and group conversation weekly, all for the sake of cultural exposure and well-being.
Legacy adopts the maxim that people are able to thrive when they know who they are. We work with artists to create programming that strengthens self-identity, builds creative skills, and embraces the uniqueness of each individual.

The partnership is scheduled to continue through the new year.
Upcoming Events
Did You Say You Want to DANCE!!!
African, Hip Hop, Salsa, and Tap - Movement for the Mind, Body & Soul
Now Through February
'Mamas with Grace' Dance Class 
With Ebony Naimah 
Zanuwa

Come move to the rhythms of African music from around the world. Tailored to your body and mobility, this class is for those who want to move with safety and enjoyment.
1pm - 2:30pm (every Saturday through February)

For The Mature and Beginners
Class fee: $5

Special Guest Dec 1stNorma Jean Barnes
Register for Class
Join us for our second installment of 'Hip Hop and the Get Down Gang'. Known throughout the region as the hottest Hip Hop Group in Pittsburgh, each member brings their skill, passion, and knowledge to any dance class, studio or stage. We are honored to host them for classes open to all ages.
Class fee: $10
November 17th, 6pm - 7:30pm
Instructor: Pyurtek 

November 30th, 6pm - 7:30pm
Instructor: Stealth 
 
February 2019: TBD
Instructor: Cuba
Register for Class

Salsa Con Savor Workshop

With Ryan Mitchell

Join us December 15th from 4:30pm - 6:00pm for hot Salsa with our friend, Ryan Mitchell. Stick around after class for some Cuban small bites from Fernando Reynoso.

Class fee: $15
Open to all ages

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Art of Sound

"Rhythms of the World"

Whether you have experience with Tap or not, but you have an interest to try, this is the workshop for you. Learn from Cindy Jackson as she shares her footwork with friends and family of the Legacy Arts Project.

Dec 10th, 2018 
Jan 
14th 2019
Feb 
11th 2019

Class fee: $10
Register for Class
All classes take place at the Legacy Arts Project studio:
The Factory
7501 Penn Avenue
15208

Call: 412-607-8375
"Love brings beauty to everything and everyone.
Most of all, love brings beauty to you." ~ Sanaya Roman
Support for the Legacy Arts Project comes from:
The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Grable Foundation, and the Eden Hall Foundation.
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May Happenings

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May Events Calendar

Happy Spring family and friends! Seems its been a long time coming and it's quite alright. Gives us more to be thankful for! Just two days ago, leaves were budding on trees throughout the neighborhood. The next day, they burst forth in their pronouncement of the season. Kinda like Legacy. We've been tucked away for during those cold months, marinating with ideas and percolating with preparation for these next upcoming months. And we are doing Wellness Work, setting the intention to do-and-be well in our activities, building towards the days when we shall be collectively self-determining. It's coming, but until that time, we have created some programming to work towards individual strength and well-being. Spreading goodness. Won't you join us!

Wednesday May 2nd 
6:30-7:30pm

Interplay w/ Lois "Toni" McClendon

Using movement, music, and storytelling to get to the wisdom of the body. Liberation for the mind, body, and spirit.

$10 Adults/$5 Youth and Seniors

 
Saturday May 5th at 6pm
Hip Hop Dance w/The Get Down Gang

For the b-boy and b-girl in you! Join the dancers of the Get Down Gang and experience the Hip Hop at its core.

$10 Adults/$5 Youth and Seniors

 
May 10th, Special Time: 6-7pm
Class also on 5/24 and 5/31 at 6:30-7:30pm
Kukuwa African Dance Fitness w/Nicole Shante


Travel the African diaspora without a passport while you move to the rhythms of cultures that you may or may not know of. Join us for a NEW African Dance Fitness class in Pittsburgh.

$10 Adults/$5 Youth and Seniors

 
Thursday May 10th
6:30-7:30pm
Mind Empowerment w/Angela McClung

$10 Adults
Thursday May 17th
6:30-8pm
Hair Braiding 101 w/Tamiah Bridgett


$12 Adults
 
Saturday May 26th
6-7:30pm
Beauty Basics w/Ravin Bean

Whether you wear make-up or not, this workshop explores self-identity and the ways that we adorn ourselves as an extension and expression of our creativity. Join us as we discuss make-up and our relationships with it.

$12 Adults

 

Registration Open for
Summer Camp!

JUNE 25 - AUGUST 03, 2018 @ Community Forge                                1256 Franklin Avenue, Wilkinsburg 15221
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks provided
  • Ages 5 - 14
  • Cost: $35/week, Scholarships Available
 
  • Gardening
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Drumming
  • Hip Hop & West African Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Weekly Field Trips
Click here to start your application

The 7th Dance Africa: Pittsburgh 2018
Auditions!!! 

Are you interesting in being apart of this years Dance Africa? Here's your chance to show your moves at an open audition. 

Where: Legacy Arts Studio 7501 Penn Ave. 15208 
When: June 23, 2018 at 1PM
 

For more information on audtions, classes and summer camp contact 
info@legacyartsproject.org or 412-452-3847 

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

You may not have noticed, but this is the first newsletter since July. The Legacy Arts Project has been on a hiatus-of-sorts, working out some kinks around the mission and vision of the work of the organization. The preservation of arts of the African diaspora still remains paramount, however, we have become explicitly clear about the necessity for, and relevance of, Wellness. We are working to implement a culture of Wellness for the organization, our staff, programming, and partnerships with other organizations. As the keepers of history and tradition, we know that our culture has been a tool for healing. So we call on Ancestors to guide us while, at the same time, we use our creativity to integrate new approaches to Wellness. 

As we move into 2018, may we remember and reclaim our power, harnessing our abilities to utilize art as a tool for healing, disbursing Wellness in all the places we travel.

Well-wishes and a Happy New Year to You!!

The Legacy Arts Project and Sankofa Village for the Arts will be performing for the First Night 2018. Check us out at the August Wilson Center at 7:30pm and again at 8:30pm.
 

Saturday Arts Program Uses Art and Culture for Wellness Sake

It's long been known that art has the ability to change lives. From serving as a means of expression to providing a platform for communication, art gives voice to its creator, regardless of the genre.

The Legacy Arts Project is entering
its second year of Saturday Arts programming and is focused on creating meaningful experiences for youth to strengthen identity, build skills, and be a part of an environment that embraces and welcomes each student, all for Wellness Sake.
Legacy youth enjoying hip hop dance with instructor, Ira Cambric.

We Just Moved!!

As of June 2017, Legacy became a leaseholder of an art-making dance studio. Located at 7501 Penn Avenue (Factory Building with the East End Food Co-Op), Legacy is just a block away from Sankofa Village for the Arts, the former home of the organization. Stay posted for upcoming programming and ways to connect with Legacy, artists, and Wellness.

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Haiti Day

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Join us as we Celebrate

Haiti Day in Pittsburgh

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Black History Month

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Celebrating Black Arts and History!
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Happy New Year, MLK Day, and Black History Month!!
The new year is underway and moving right along. Odd weather patterns confuse the senses as winter seems to come and go, and here we are, thinking of the not-too-distant spring. At least, some of us. 

But before we go too far, we're still in Black History Month. Busy season for remembrance of the great history of our people the world-over. We give thanks for our 'he'roes and 'she'roes, known and unknown, standing on their shoulders so that we can receive the inheritance that we pass along to our children.
Saturday Institute in the City
All hands in for project making with teaching/master artist Saihou Njie as he instructs the youth in the use of craft materials to make one-of-a-kind wearable art. He is one of four artists instructing the youth at the Saturday Institute.
It's nothing new, the idea of the Saturday Institute. Give the youth a place to go, something to do, stir in our magic, then voila, we have transformed the lives of the youth (not to mention, the future of our communities)! Overly simplified, but that is the gist of the Legacy Arts Project's newly implemented Saturday Institute. With support from the Heinz Endowments, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School (UAGPCS), and the parents of the enrolled students, we have begun a process of using the arts to directly impact the lives of our children.
Five weeks under our belt and the children are beginning to coalesce beautifully into a bundle of energized creativity. From 10am to 2pm, the youth, ranging in age from 5-11, participate in music, movement, visual and theater arts, each class utilizing a framework that encourages the strengthening of self identity, mutual respect for others, and a sense of belonging and connectedness within the program. And through the TAP (Transformative Arts Process) Program of the Heinz Endowments, we have been able to incorporate the presence of renowned artist/administrator Toni Stowers for a two-year artist residency. Additionally, four other teaching artists ensure that the youth are receiving an experience intended to educe the greatness that resides within.

For more information about registering youth (space still available for youth ages 8-11 ONLY), contact: 412-407-3727.
Community Classes

Hot Wednesday

Ready for the 'Heat'? Join us for the Hot Wednesday class from 6-7:15pm at Sankofa Village for the Arts. Get yo' move on to music from yesterday-to-today and leave feeling invigorated. All ages and skill levels welcome. 
$8/class, $5 for members

Aging Gracefully

Do you want to keep yourself fit while moving at a pace that suits you? Join us for the Aging Gracefully class which incorporates light stretching and movement with conversations and mature Black women on Saturdays from 4-5:30pm at Sankofa Village for the Arts.
$8/class, $5 for members
In December, Legacy had the humbling opportunity to travel to Haiti as a part of an international artist residency. Earlier in 2016, we were awarded an artist residency grant through the Advancing Black Arts Grant in order to host a residency with Haitian choreographer and artistic director, Dieufel Lamisere. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to host Dieufel in Pittsburgh. Instead, we were able to send artists to be in residence with him on Haitian land, to spend the new year and return with lessons.

Revolutionary at heart, this trip sparked creativity and inspired works, some of which you will see at Saihou's Exhibit.
 
Public Art in Homewood
Since summer 2016, the LAP, in conjunction with the East End Art Team, Neighborhood Allies, and Office of Public Art has been a part of the development of a public art project in Homewood. Designed as a way to utilize the power of art in the community, the project includes the voice of youth and adults from Homewood as they speak to their concerns and expectations for the neighborhood. Stay posted for project updates!
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December 2016 Newsletter

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Living in the Moment!
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It's been a good year. We have lived creatively, danced expressively, shared joyously, taught excitedly, and honored elders with admiration, and are now moving strongly into the new year. With the support of friends, family, and the community, we have hosted our second annual youth summer arts program, the 5th Dance Africa Pittsburgh, and the 10th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards. It was our first year with the Learn and Earn Program, where we hired 38 youth to work in our summer program and community gardens and our first experience with the Summer Dreamers Academy. We are thankful beyond measure for being able to do good work and are preparing ourselves to carry the torch even further as there is much yet to be done.
The 10th Annual Keepers of the Flame Honorees: bottom (l to r) Dessie Bey, Mayota Hill; top (l to r) Roland Ford, Johnny Macharia McCoy, John Ford, and Dr. Harry Clark.
It's been 10 years since the Legacy Arts Project began the notable 'Keepers of the Flame' event, honoring more than 60 artists for the invaluable energy that they have contributed to the creating of works of art. From arts festivals to art schools, the honorees have sculpted the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh, inspiring youth and adults alike to recognize their own creativity. This year's honorees follow suit and are renowned for their own artistry, each one paid tribute to in November at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. Performances by the K-Theater Dance Complex, Jean Paul Weaver and Mychole Anderson, Sankofa Village of the Arts, and the Legacy Arts Project honored the awardees while Deryck Tines emceed the event. Several past honorees were in attendance, marking the 10th year of the momentous celebration.
Legacy Programming 2017

Community Events!

Sankofa Village for the Arts celebrates Kuumba, Saturday, December 31, 3-8pm. Bring a healthy dish and share in the creativity of the village.
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Keepers is Coming!

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Keepers is Coming!
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'Keepers is Coming!'
 
Join un on Saturday, November 12th at 7pm at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg as we honor the work and lives of a few extraordinary individuals who have, and continue to, made a lasting impression on the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh. Get your tickets today!
www.legacyartsrproject.org
Ujamaa Boutique/1901 Centre Avenue
King of Kings Studio Arts/8326 Fransktown Avenue
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Fall is in the Air

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Movement. Art-Making. Self-Exploration.
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Fall is in the Air

Not rushing the summer, but it's inevitable...

The winding down of summer brings lots to be missed: cookouts, swimming pools, and all the white clothes that you'd ever want to wear. But you can't deny that the Fall is a beatuiful time in Southwestern Pennsylvania. For those of us who appreciate the splendor of nature, the bursting forth of colors (from the big box of crayons) stimulates the senses to know that it is a blessing to witness the changing of the seasons. And with that comes the Fall schedule of programming for the Legacy Arts Project. Check us out. Take a class. Spread the word. Support our partners. Live and love fully!!
Its Back to the Business of Learning
With the fall comes the new school year, and with all the programming that Legacy did this summer, just didn't seem like quite enough to occupy the children for all the weeks that school was out. (Note for next year: extend the summer program just a little longer.) Now we're all ready for school to get back in motion and Legacy will be working with the Consortium for Public Education for the third year to provide afterschool programming at Woodland Hills Junior High School. Additionally, Legacy is newly a partner with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and has plans to work with middle school youth in the district. 

We wish all of our youth a productive and positive school year and give thanks to all the teachers and administrators working hard to show them the world!!
Community Class Schedule: Come One, Come All

September & October

Saveur Sabar (Sabar Flavor)
The national dance of Sengal, Sabar, is exciting to witness and learn.
Taught by Chrisala Brown.


Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
$10/adults, $5/youth
 

November

Art Exploration
For the artist in you, join us in November and make wearable art, decor for your home, or gifts for family or friends with Saihou Njie.

Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
$10/adults, $5/youth

December
DIY: Upcycling for Your Soul

Tap into your creativity, express your inner artist, and feel good while you're doing it.
Join Sheba Giddens and 'Satisfy Your Soul'.

Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
$10/adults, $5/youth

All classes are held at Sankofa Village for the the Arts
201 N. Braddock Ave.
What Do You Imagine for Homewood?
Are you a Homewood resident or have a vested interest in the growth of the community? Join us for a session of 'Dinner and Dialogue' as we seek your input regarding the Temporary Art and Public Placemaking Project to be developed in Homewood in conjunction with a group of artists known under the moniker of 'The East End Art Team'. Through a partnership with the Office for Public Art and Neighborhood Allies, Legacy serves as the host community organization to work with residents and neighborhood organizations to imagine a work that reflects the ideas and values of Homewood. 
 
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6-7:30pm - Homewood Carnegie Library
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6-7:30pm - Homewood YMCA
Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-7:30pm - Westinghouse High School
Saturday, Sept. 24. 11am-1pm - Homewood CCAC

A small repast will be served at each work session and childcare will be provided.
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Summer Ends

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A Summer to Remember!!
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One for the record books, the summer of '16 has been the busiest for Legacy Arts to date. Summer camps, youth work experience, and the unforgettable Dance Africa, have overflowed our cups with hard work and blessings. Needless to say, we are quite full! Through it all, the mission persists, to preserve traditions of the African diaspora. Principles such as cooperative economics, collective work and responsibility, creativity and faith, have guided us to the successes of our programming. As we head into the fall, we take this time to recap all of the wonderful undertakings that have touched many people and taught enumerable lessons. Much gratitude to all who participated in this summer to remember!
 
The 5th Dance Africa Pittsburgh! 
Dance Africa, How I do love thee! As many already know, this historic event was birthed 40 years ago by the illustrious founder and artistic director, 'Baba' Chuck Davis. With a vision to return to the roots of Black dance and to honor our ancestors and elders, Baba Chuck has worked tirelessly for decades to preserve the cultures of Africa through the dances that have been brought forth. And what an honor to stand in his lineage as a 'cultural keeper', sharing the music, songs, dances, and clothing of places near and far.

This year's performance featured the traditions of Senegal, showcasing the national dance, known as 'Sabar', and songs sung by a griot. To witness it is to have a glimpse into the villages of Africa where women and men, young and old, kick high in the fervor of dance and listen to the words sung by the 'djali' that have been passed down for generations.

Extending into contemporary times, the 5th Dance Africa Pittsburgh, brought together youth, adults, and elders alike to share the stage. Some may call it magic, others say that it is divine, but something special happens in the presence of Baba Chuck. He stands tall as a beckoning reminder of 'love, peace, and respect for everyone.' His humanity sits atop all present, drawing forth a humble recognition of the undeniable connection that exists between all people. Its a part of the living legend that is Baba Chuck, to be held as a child to the bosom of the world, giving offerings so that, as was the theme of this year's event, "The Healing Continues".

This year's event was made possible and successful by the contributions of many. Baba Chuck Davis, Nadiyah Toni Stowers, Djaily Kunda, Idy Ciss, N'Deye Gueye, Hill Dance Academy Theater, Balafon 3, Project Tambor Cimmaron, Aaron White, Patricia Ford, Alyson Calloway, Brittany Johnson, TaJane Nolen, the Legacy Board, David Edmunds, the sold-out audience, Ujamaa Collective, Hotel Indigo, Brideway Capital, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for their co-presentation, and the Heinz Endowments.
 
Check out more photos from Dance Africa on the official Legacy Arts Project Facebook page
Photos by Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Summer Programs!
Orientation Day for the 2nd Annual Camp 
Bara Makono.
It didn't take long for us to reach our capacity with this year's summer program. Word-of-mouth had it that we had an awesome, art-filled program that was keeping children busy and engaged from 9am-4pm. And such was the case. Under the direction of Nadiyah Toni Stowers, the camp ran like a well-oiled machine as she brought her extensive background in arts and administration to the program. Drum and dance met science and gardening as we incorporated STEAM activities into our daily schedule. Thanks go out to the youth participants and their parents, the program staff and junior counselors, as well as the Grable Foundation and Heinz Endowments for their support of our annual summer arts program!
Youth Work in and around the Arts
Learn N' Earn youth at their orientation.
For the first time, Legacy Arts was host to approximately 40 youth through the Learn N' Earn Program. Coming from different parts of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, the youth gained invaluable work experience in the Bara Makono summer camp, Sankofa Village Garden, and a garden in Penn Hills. In addition, seven staff positions were also created in order to facilitate the opportunities for the youth, contributing to the economy in our communities!
Summer Dreamers Academy at U-Prep.
Summer is the perfect time to be out-and-about, and such was the business of Legacy. As a new provider within the Pittsburgh Public Schools, we hosted programming with the Summer Dreamers Academy at Carmalt and King Elementary as well as U-Prep. With adult staff in place at each site, we offered "The LAP Experience" whereby youth received exposure to African art, photo journalism, and journal writing. Just as summer does, the six weeks went by quickly, but not before a final performance featuring the works of art created by the students. Many thanks to the LAP and PPS staff, as well as the students, who made the program great!! 
 
Artist Residency Award
The Legacy Arts Project has been awarded the Artist Residency Grant through Advancing Black Arts Pittsburgh to host Haitian choreographer, Dieufel Lamisere. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments.
Stay posted for our Fall Calendar and get ready:
- Mondays with Mario - Hip Hop Dance
- African Dance with Chrisala Brown
- Screen Printing with Saihou Njie
- Sewing and Thangs with Sheba
- Interplay with Lois McClendon
and
THE 10TH ANNUAL KEEPERS OF THE FLAME AWARDS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12!!

Community Events 

New Afrikan/Black Liberation Movement 

Forum for Information sharing, networking and strategic discussions. Focus on developing and establishing principled unity and solidarity.

Friday, August 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Kingsley Association - 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 -

For ticket information, click
here. 
Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop Fundraiser.

*Adult: $15 in advance | $20 at door
*Child under eleven: $10 in advance | $15 at door
*Discount tickets end on Monday, August 20th 11:59 p.m.
*Tickets non-refundable
*Discount tickets ONLY offered if purchased in advance

Level Up Studio, Saturday, August 27
4836 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 450-8093
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Announcing Call for Artists

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Call for Artists for Homewood Public Art Project
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Announcing Call for Artists:

Temporary Placemaking Public Art Project
The Legacy Arts Project is excited by the opportunity to work with the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies to host an artist for the creation of a Temporary Placemaking Public Art Project. We are looking for artists now to collaborate for this wonderful challenge to create a work that reflects the vision of the neighborhood of Homewood.

Information session to be held:
Thursday, March 31 @ 5pm 
Homewood Carnegie Library
7101 Hamilton Avenue/15208
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March 2016 Newsletter

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Where We're Going, Where We've Been
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"Fortitude. Culture. Grace."
The HaitiDansCo.
This year marks the 5th year that the Legacy Arts Project will be hosting the awe-inspiring event of Dance Africa. As with years past, we have hosted groups that represent the majesty of the African diaspora, opening our minds to the diversity of cultures that trace their roots through different parts of the world back to Africa. However, this year, our ambition has grown! We are diligently working to bring the HaitiDansCo from Jacmel, Haiti to be our featured guest. Led by Port au Prince native, Dieufel Lamisere, the Haitian company embodies the resilience of the nation as the director works tirelessly to train youth from the country in not only the ways of traditional dance, but also in contemporary. With a mission to prepare them to succeed as adults in the world, the HaitiDansCo serves as inspiration for ways in which art can truly transform the lives of youth, and we are working our hardest to bring them here for the 5th Dance Africa: Pittsburgh 2016, 'The Healing Continues' to be held July 22 & 23.
Black History Month Performance at the
Father Ryan Arts Center
In customary fashion, the Legacy Arts Project and Sankofa Village for the Arts joined together to celebrate Black History Month at the invitation of the Father Ryan Arts Center. Honoring the diversity of the Black Family, the performance included the families of the members of the organizations, bringing youth and elders to the stage to share in the transmission of culture, both contemporary and traditional.
Celebrating Family, Community,
and Black History
The community of African arts in Pittsburgh represented at the Black History Month celebration of the Giant Eagle Market District. Bridging connections between Legacy, Sankofa Village, and Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, all came together for a community performance with the youth and adults alike.

Legacy Dance Classes


Mondays 
February 1 - May 23
Youth Ballet/Contemporary
w/Jean Paul Weaver
Alloy Studios
5:30 - 7 pm


Thursdays through April 27 
Artist United Together Performance Lab
w/Toni Nadiyah Stowers
Sankofa Village
6:30 - 8 pm
Adults, $8/Youth, $5

Toni Nadiyah Stowers leading community participation at the Giant Eagle Market District Performance. Check her out on Thursdays at 6:30pm at Sankofa Village for the Arts.
Legacy Receives 
Temporary Placemaking Award
Representing Homewood, the Legacy Arts Project was awarded support as a host site for a Temporary Placemaking Public Art Project through the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies. Over the next two years, the LAP will work with the project organizers to identify an artist who will work with the community to develop a public project that reflects the vision and aspirations of Homewood. Stay posted for updates.
Legacy to Host Summer Dreamers Programming
The Legacy Arts Project has been awarded a contract with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide programming with the Summer Dreamers Academy.
Stay tune for more details. 

Historic Trip To DC

It's All About U in the Smithsonian Museum 

The Smithsonian Institute will open the long-awaited National African-American Museum of History and Culture on September 24, 2016, which will be dedicated by President Barack Obama. The museum has built a collection of 11 exhibits to trace the history of slavery, civil rights and African american accomplishments. A few of the exhibits include such artifacts as the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation as well as relics from a sunken slave ship.

This bus trip takes place from Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25. Hotel accommodations at the Marriott. Total cost is $350 for double occupancy.

Itinerary includes:
9/23, Noon Departure, 4pm Arrival and check-in, Marriott 
9/24, Museum Visit
9/25, Noon Check-out, 1pm Departure

Payments in check or money order:
$50 non-refundable deposit
Payable to: Alice Pittrell
5461 Penn Avenue #318
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-424-7153
412-224-3866

 
Your Historical Journey Begins When U Enter the Bus!

Community Events

The Rankin/Mon Valley/Pittsburgh PA Section of the National Council of Negro Women will be hosting our sixth Annual Legacy Awards Luncheon on Saturday March 26, 2016 at the Hosanna House Ballroom, 807 Wallace Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 from 12pm-3pm.

For tickets, call (412) 351-6269 or email ncnwrankinpa@yahoo.com

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP),one of Pittsburgh’s premiere community collaborative organizations is celebrating a musical "fun-raiser."   B-PEP is commemorating 30 years of serving the Metropolitan Pittsburgh community.   We are proud to officially announce that the date for our Eleventh Annual B-PEP JAZZ Concert is Monday, March 28th  at “Bridges” in Wyndham – University Center, Oakland, from 5:30 pm-11:30 pm.   The event showcases many of Pittsburgh’s best jazz musicians and vocalists.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

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"Artist United Together Performance Lab" with Toni Nadiyah Stowers!

This eight week class which is MARCH 2ND-APRIL 27TH is designed to expose participants to different genres of choreography which will culminate into a performance!

Students

8 week class card $40
Early bird special $10 off 8 week class card
Purchase 4 week class card at $20
Drop in class $7

Adults

8 week class card $64
Early bird special $10 off 8 week class card
Purchase 4 week class card $32
Drop in class $10

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL STARTS FEBRUARY 15TH and ENDS MARCH 2ND at 6PM!

Time: 6:00-7:30p

INNOVATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY GEARED TO UNLEASH THE DANCER IN YOU!!

Drop in classes are discouraged because choreography will be set.

February 2016 Newsletter

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The African Diaspora Unites!
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The youth of Dance to Save Lives and the Haiti Dance Company perform at Carnaval, Jacmel, Haiti 2016.
Happy February, Happy Black History Month!! In honor of the remembrance of the history and accomplishments of African Americans, I am reminded also about our connections across waters and lands. The idea of 'ubuntu' resounds, "I am because you are. Because you are I am." During the month of December, Legacy Arts had the great and extraordinary opportunity to travel Jacmel, Haiti. Hosted by the noble Dieufel Lamisere, Erin Perry, Shabaka Perkins, and Nick Spivey were introduced to and embraced by our Haitian relatives. The idea had already been put into motion about bringing Dieufel and his group, Dance to Save Lives/Haiti Dance Co, to Pittsburgh for Dance Africa in July. It was the stay there that brought the idea into a more concrete notion as fundraising plans continue to unfold. More than their performance in our local event, it is the connection of Haiti to Pittsburgh, of the history to the present, and of where we are to where we are going.

May this month, and this year, bring us reminders of the connection within humanity, those throughout the African diaspora as well as those throughout the world.

Drum Circle 2016

Negril Treehouse

More than 40 people from five cities traveled to Negril, Jamaica for the 4th Drum Circle, hosted by Legacy Arts member Cindy Adams Glenn and her long time friend, Gail Biggs Jackson Brooks. Under the direction of Glenn and hospitality of resort owner, Brooks, the 3 day event combined drum and dance in the festive and tranquil atmosphere of an oceanfront setting. Drummers and dancers from the US were joined by our island family to celebrate the vibrations being lifted up. Cultures of the African diaspora unite!!

Legacy Dance Classes 

Mondays 
February 1 - May 23
Youth Ballet/Contemporary
w/Jean Paul Weaver
Alloy Studios

5:30 - 7 pm

*Check website for registration details.

Wednesdays in February
Afro MovesWinter Warm-Up
w/Chrisala Brown
Sankofa Village

6-7:30pm
Adults, $5

Saturdays in February
Contemporary Dance
w/Jean Paul Weaver
Sankofa Village
 4 - 5:30 pm 
Adults, $5


Our very own Jean Paul Weaver was featured in online magazine 1839. Photographer sara huny young hung out at Sankofa Village during Jean Paul's class with Legacy. What an honor!

full article
Upcoming Legacy Performances
The Legacy Arts Project and Sankofa Village for the Arts are honored to perform at this year's celebration of Black History Month at the Father Ryan's Art Center.
The Legacy Arts Project joins Yemaya Pittsburgh at the Giant Eagle Market District for a closing presentation for Black History Month
Saturday, February 27
12:30 - 5:00pm
From Our Partners
The Legacy Arts Project supports the work of artists and organizations that are coloring the world with a vision to make it a better place by way of art-making and collaboration.

Support seven girls as they continue their journey in dance. From Pittsburgh to LA they will travel to train with legends; Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Misty Copeland, and many more. Every dollar counts as they take their next step to become legends.

Go to www.gofundme.com/hdatdancetrip to donate.

One of the things we are most proud of at ‪#1Hood‬ is our ability to tell our own stories. Uncensored. No translation needed. As such, we have started a blog series entitled Who am I. Each blog post will feature an individual telling their own story. We simply asked each person the question, "Who Are You?" This is our first installation.

Full blog entry.
PEARLARTS STUDIOS
STAYCEE PEARL DANCE PROJECT

 

Staycee Pearl presents INTERIM: brink/white and Pearl Diving Residency. PEARLARTS StaSTUDIOSSTAYCEE PEARL DANCE PROJECT
Erin Perry Photography
Check out the newly exhumed blog by Erin Perry. Journey along with her on her path of self-recovery/discovery as she finds her truth and lives in it daily.
 
Community Events!
Bob Marley Birthday Party
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
  • Friday, February 5, 8pm
Dance the night away in a celebration of Bob Marley, and his enduring musical and cultural legacy. The world-renowned superstar, born on February 6, 1945, was a truly revolutionary artist, who delivered a hypnotic, danceable message of peace and justice. In tribute, KST transforms its lobby into a Jamaican dance hall filled with your favorite new and old-school Reggae tunes, special live performances, treats and more.
 

GET TICKETS NOW

Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
February 19–20
8pm: Doors Open at 7pm

Internationally acclaimed for more than forty years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performs Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew, a new work commissioned by KST and created by rising dance-star Millicent Johnnie. Set to music by Charles Vincent Burwell and Donald Harrison, Johnnie’s interdisciplinary work traverses the world of African survivals and excavates connections between the colorful traditions of the Mardi Gras Zulu Krewe and South Africa’s Minstrel Carnival. 

Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew, the final work on the program, contains partial nudity.

GET TICKETS NOW

Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.

Sabira Bushra 
Sembene - The Film & Arts Festival
Saturday, February 20th, 2 pm

(T)error follows an FBI sting in its so-called war on terror, as it unfolds without the FBI's knowledge. 

Also, the filmmarkers will join for an Q&A discussion. 
 
Doors open at 1pm. Admission $6.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood. 
 
To see the entire line up visit our site
 
 
 
Official Trailer for (T)ERROR  https://vimeo.com/135316423
 
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