Haiti Day

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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 -

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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

“We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding,
understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience
creates unity.”
Malcolm X
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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!

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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.

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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
 
PH:  412-204-7291  Cell: 412-657-6916
The 26th African American Read In
United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh
Saturday, February 6, 2016 Homewood Library at 1:00 pm. 

Hosted by Terrance Hayes and Yona Harvey. 
Registration to read is required online or at Homewood Library at the front desk.
"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in service to my vision - then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
~ Audrey Lorde
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Happy New Years 2016

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Keepers 2015 and Winter 2016 Happenings
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It's a new year, and a happy one at that, at least, one in the making. Wisdom brings about the revelation that perception is reality, and we at Legacy are working from the perspective that we can create a reality that is meaningful, impactful, and intended towards well-being. In this new year, we are resolved to empower productive collaborations that shape the contributions that we collectively make towards the betterment of humanity, both for us as individuals as well as us as a collective family. We utilize art as a tool to gather folks, to share in joy, and to gain a greater sense of the connectivity that binds us human beings. Much power resides in our thoughts, words, and actions, and this year is dedicated to utilizing each of them to bring about the changes we wish to see in the world. Please stay in touch with us, participate in the work of our partners, and let's come together to bring about the much needed healing that the world deserves.
The Legacy Arts Project is honored to support the 
Yemaya Pittsburgh New Year's Cultural Retreat held Saturday, January 9th at Sankofa Village for the Arts. Congratulations to Teanna Medina for a job well done at bringing the community together to share in the rich traditions of Afro Cuban cultural, brought by way of Michaelito Herrara.

Keepers Of The Flame '15


This past November marked the 9th Annual Keepers of The Flame Awards Production. A heartfelt congratulations to our honorees: Leslie Anderson-Braswell, Oliver Byrd, Henry Gaston, George Jones, Charlotte Ka, Dr. Anthony and Iya Beatrice Mitchell. It is through their consistent, creative, and inspired work that we are able to honor the traditions from whence we come and pay-it-forward by passing the legacy on to the youth. Many thanks to all who attended, performed, and worked to develop the production of this year's celebration!
Click here to check out the video vignettes of this year's honorees compiled by documentary filmmaker Njaimeh Njie.

In other Legacy news...

Dance Classes!


For the new year, the LAP has begun a new class schedule as follows:
 

Mondays 

(Beginning Feb.1)
Youth Ballet/Contemporary (Alloy Studios)
5:30 - 7 pm

Wednesdays

Community Dance/Intensive Choreography*
(Sankofa Village)
6 - 7:30 pm

Saturdays

Contemporary (Sankofa Village)
4 - 5:30 pm - Adult
 
*Come check out our Intensive Choreography dance classes, blending traditional and contemporary African dance to create a synergy that speaks to the healing of ourselves and community. Join renowned artist, Nadiyah Toni Stowers, as she marks her return to Pittsburgh with classes that unite the community. Class fee is $5.

Mondays and Saturdays with artist Jean Paul Weaver. Bring the youth or drop in to the adult class and stretch your way into a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Jean Pail infuses his knowledge of movement with his study of practices such as Yoga and QuiGong, creating a style unique to his artistry. Class fee is $5.

Dance Africa 2016
'Soon Come'


Closing out 2015, the Legacy Arts Project traveled to Jacmel, Haiti to meet and witness the artistry of the HaitiDansCo and founder, Dieufel Lamisere. Working with young adults from Jacmel, Dieufel infuses both traditional and contemporary music and dance throughout his repertoire. With a goal to share the art, history, struggle and triumph of Haitian culture with the world, the HaitiDansCo is gearing up to join the Legacy Arts Project for the 5th Dance Africa: Pittsburgh 2016, "The Healing Continues". 

Click here to see more pics from the trip to Haiti, via Port au Prince to Jacmel.
"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and ability to affect those around him positively." ~ Bob Marley

Community Events

Kelly Strayhorn Theater is proud to present the seventh annual East Liberty Celebrates MLK. Open to the community, admission is Pay What Makes You Happy and includes family-friendly activities and inspiring performances.

Participating Organizations

  • Boom Concepts
  • Dreams of Hope
  • Penn Avenue Creative
  • CMU Hear Me Project
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Dress for Success
  • Assemble

Performances

  • Dreams of Hope
  • Trevor C. Dance Co.
  • Soundwaves
  • Hope Academy
  • Afro-American Music Institute
  • Alumni Theater Co.
  • Anthony Williams
  • Tameka Cage Conley
Tickets & Details

Monday, January 18, 2016
Noon–4p
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave

REGISTER NOW

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents SOUL SESSIONS Series Features ERIC ROBERSON at AWC ON JAN 30TH

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKET ONLINE
trustarts.org – 412-456-6666,
Groups of 10 tickets,
412-471-6930
Join CMOA and BOOM Concepts to kick off 2016 with a silent disco in the Hall of Sculpture. Choose beats by either Christo or DJ EyeJay; take an unconventional gallery tour led by local creatives; and get an early look at the new Teenie Harris exhibition, “Great Performances Off-Stage,” which opens to the public on January 22.

January 21 Carnegie Museum of Art

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
15213 United States

412-622-3131
 

 
DADA MASILO’S SWAN LAKE
JANUARY 30 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Byham Theater
101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222United States
Dada Masilo’s unconventionality as a choreographer and physicality have garnered critical acclaim for reimagining classic ballet through a South African lens, injecting fresh, new perspectives into the venerated dance form. Stereotypes are turned on their heads as Masilo opens our eyes to issues of sex, gender and homophobia in a country ravaged by AIDS. Bursts of Tchaikovsky alongside African rhythms set the tone for a platform where the traditional and the contemporary collide to create a new sense of beauty.
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Keepers is Coming!!

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We're weeks away from the 9th Annual Keepers of the Flame. This year's Awards Production takes place Friday, November 13, 6pm at the Kaufmann Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and are still available at Ujamaa Boutique, King of Kings Salon, and legacyartsproject.org. Follow us on Facebook to get biographical posts of this year's honorees.

This year's list of truly amazing honorees joins the ranks of awardees of years past, such as our 2014 honorees: Helen Baynes, Poogie Bell, Chico Butler, Dr. James and Pam Johnson, Dr. Joyce Meggerson-Moore, and William 'Oba' Wells.

Many thanks to all of the Keepers honorees, past, present, and future!

Keepers 2015/facebook

 

Community Classes

Contemporary Dance 
Get in touch with your body through breathing exercises that warm us up. Following, we explore deliberate movements that challenge us to understand the wide capabilities of our physical anatomy which all comes together in the fluidity of the collective movement of the participants of the class. Open to adults of all levels of experience. $5/class.

@ Sankofa Village for the Arts
Wednesdays: 6-7:30pm    
Saturdays:     4-5:30pm


Youth Ballet
Explore the basics of ballet in this introductory class for youth. Jean Paul brings his background in both ballet and contemporary dance to expose the youth to diverse forms of dance. 
@ Alloy Studios
Mondays: 5:30-7pm
Youth reviewing dance etiquette with Jean Paul Weaver.
 
Legacy Arts After School Programming
The after school programming of the Legacy Arts Project is in full swing with Primetime in Woodland Hills and Castle in Clairton. Students engage in creative exploration while trying new arts forms, all the while learning that their capabilities exceed what they are even aware of. Many thanks to Saihou Njie for his creativity and knack for working with youth and the Consortium for Public Education for the opportunity to serve the children of the two school districts.
 
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October 2015 | Legacy Arts Newsletter

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Fall Preview - Keepers, After School Program, Community Events
 
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Happy Fall to You!!
It's a new season and a new energy, and as such, it's time to get in gear for all that awaits us during this transitory time of year. And just as the burst of fall colors invigorates our senses, Legacy is bringing classes to invigorate the body. There's a 'new guy' in town, Jean Paul Weaver is his name, and we are excited about the work that he is doing with us. Not only is he engaging the adults of the community class with breathing exercises and conscientious movement, he is teaching the Legacy youth about the fundamentals of ballet. Lot's in store as we transition through the seasons. 

In addition, the 9th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards is presented on Friday, November 13th at the Kaufmann Center. We are honored by this years' awardees as they blaze trails and leave lasting impressions through their work of art making. It is through their presence that the legacy of African influenced art remains visible and is passed on to future generations. For that, we thank them!

Stay posted for all that's going on in the community. Support artists and organizations that are working to create a space/city/world that reflects the beauty that humanity has to offer!
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Primetime and Castle Programs

As we welcome in the fall, the kids are getting back into the routine of going to school and so are we with Primetime After School Program. Just like last year, we are working with the Woodland Hills School District, by way of the Consortium for Public Education, to bring arts and cultural enrichment to the middle school youth of the district.

Added to the slate, Legacy Arts will be providing programming with the Castle Program of the Clairton School District. We are excited by the opportunity to engage the youth, and the community, with arts' programming. We are also looking forward to the ways in which we are able to engage the youth in the preparation for the 5th Dance Africa Pittsburgh, coming up in the summer of 2016, where we will be focusing on the culture of Haiti, 'Revolution and Resilience'.

Students in both districts will learn 'Garment Design' with Saihou Njie and 'Self Exploration Through Art-Making' with Erin Perry.

              Congrats!

Congratulations are in order to Eric Smith and Aiyasha Morgan Lee on their union of marriage. 
We Celebrate the Life of our dear
Mama/Sista/Miss Freda Ellis
LAP would like send our condolences to the family of Freda Ellis.

People will remember Freda Ellis in many ways: as a dedicated teacher and mother, a strong force in the community and even as a woman who wasn’t afraid to open a toolbox and tackle her own home renovations. Most famously, she’s remembered as a powerful pillar in the family support network behind her younger brother — the late playwright August Wilson.

Mrs. Ellis died Sunday at Forbes Hospice in West Penn Hospital following an infection that ended a journey through frontotemporal dementia, which was diagnosed in July 2012. She was 74.

Read More of Freda Ellis' Obituary

Fall Classes

Sankofa Village | 201 N Braddock Ave.