May 2015 | Legacy Arts Newsletter

Spring/Summer Arts in Pittsburgh
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It's a new season, although a little difficult to tell which one. Soon enough these cold days are destined to give way to the bright, sunshine that many of us long for with gratitude. And as we head into the summer, Legacy is busy preparing for all the cultural festivities and enjoyment that await us. Next week its our signature FABA Party. For Artists By Artists, that's how we get down - honoring the craft and creativity of our peers, intergenerationally. Whether you sing, rap, dance, or like to vibe, the place for you is the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, next Friday, May 29th, 8pm-11pm. $5 cover. Check out all the upcoming community events. Lots to do in the city and many ways to support art and culture in the community!

Giving a HUGE shout-out to the Ujamaa Collective and the "Cooperation Over Competition" Campaign launching on Saturday, May 30. Designed as a way to foster collective support and economics of  local businesses and artists, members joining at the $100 level receive discounts while shopping with Ujamaa and contribute to the circulation of dollars within our community. Check out the Black Star Celebration below as Ujamaa launches the campaign on the 5th anniversary of the collective. See you there!

So much going on and I want to give a proper shout out to each. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hosting Full Bloom 2015. It's their signature summer party where they raise funds for programming that reaches right into the community. Then there's Pittsburgh's Juneteenth and Community Awareness Day Festival on June 13th and 14th down in Market Square where folks from all over the city, across the three rivers, will be performing, vending, and celebrating the liberation of the enslaved people in Texas. Coming up in July, there will be a weekend celebration of African Arts in Pittsburgh. The Haramabe Ujima and Legacy Arts are teaming up to spread the word, joy, and appreciation for African arts, including Dance Africa: Pittsburgh and the Harambe African Arts Festival.

Check-out all the info below and be sure to check-in for more information.
Community Events
Kaufmann Center May 2015 Events. 

For more information, visit

Full Bloom 2015 
Saturday, June 6 feeling funky fresh, dressed to impress and ready to party at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s signature summer event.

To purchase tickets, click here

Pittsburgh's Juneteenth and Community Awareness Day Festival in Market Square. Saturday June 13, 10 a.m - 10 p.m. and Sunday June 14, 12 p.m - 10 p.m

For more information call (724) 205-9376

Harambee Ujima Black Arts Festival. 
July 18th - 19th, 11am to 8pm at Kelly Street between Homewood and Lang Avenue. 
The FABA Party is but a week away and our list of performers is growing. A venue to share artistry across genres and generations, the FABA (For Artists By Artists) Party is a unique platform for creativity and expression. Come on through and check out the singers, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers and visual artists. Emceed by Jacquea Mae, we've got: Amir Rashid, David EdmundsBlak Rapp Madusa, Soul Dean, Keira Haywood, Jay Oriola, Jeremiah, Julie Kent, LaKeisha Wolf, Erin Perry and interested others. Food available for purchase, and art is too!
It's been 5 years since the Ujamaa Collective began as a means for women artisans of African descent to be self-determining in establishing self-sufficiency. Since that time, many accomplishments have been achieved. However, in order to continue its progress, the Ujamaa Collective is hosting an evening celebration entitled, 'Black Star', to launch a consumer cooperation campaign. "Cooperation Over Competition" is a way for contributors to support Ujamaa and to receive discounts at the Boutique by making a $100 donation to the campaign. 

For more info or to make a contribution, click here.
The Legacy Arts Project and the Sankofa Village for the Arts join up for Bara Makono Summer Arts Program. The only of its kind in the area, youth receive exposure and training in the arts as well as hands-on experience with community gardening. Sign up today, space is limited. Scholarships available.


Featuring Philadelphia's own Kulu Mele Dance Ensemble along with the Balafon West African Dance Youth Ensemble, Anthony Williams, and the Legacy Arts Project. The legendary Baba Chuck Davis serves as Master of Ceremony for the largest African dance festival in the world!

To get your tickets early, click here.

Jessie B. Simple Alive in Harlem
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 :: 7 PM, Doors 6 PM
The Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
Tickets; Pay what you can

Click here for tickets and more info.

Raising Hope

By: Brandon M. Flournoy
Point Park Graduate, Brandon Flournoy put together a project talking to African-American women around the city of Pittsburgh who are demonstrating activism through various outlets. 
Organize & Make Things Happen featuring Nazura Asaseyeduru
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