Happy New Years 2016

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:


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


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


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


  • 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
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave


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

trustarts.org – 412-456-6666,
Groups of 10 tickets,
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


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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