March 2016 Newsletter

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

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

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

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.


“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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