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The Black Transformative Arts Network launches its work in Pittsburgh with kickoff

March 12th, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 pm at 1852 Enoch Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Inviting members of the arts and culture community to learn about our history and work


In August of 2019 the Black Transformative Arts Network (BTAN), formerly known as the Heinz Transformative Arts Process (TAP) was issued a planning grant of $42,000 to continue developing the work of the former Heinz Endowments initiative that began in 2012. In January 2020 the group was awarded a larger grant of $192,000 and will engage in programming and community arts education centering the needs and voices of Black children from January 2020 until December 2021.


Black artists, teaching artists, arts influencers and caregivers are asked to attend a night of interactive arts experiences, educational uplift and engagement as we celebrate the legacy of the TAP project and share the path forward. This group, led by I Medina Jackson of the the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development's P.R.I.D.E. Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education), Sister IAsia Thomas of the Children’s Window to Africa, and Taliya Allen of CoCoHaus Creative Solutions with the support of Justin Laing of Hillombo, LLC, addresses the goals of uniting Africana Children, increasing the visibility of Africana Arts and Arts Educators in Pittsburgh, healing and building Africana knowledge, power and networks for participants and community. 


On March 28th, 2020 at the Union Project, 801 N Negley Ave, 15206 from 10 am to 4 pm, a second community focused art and education event known as Praxis will explore educational concepts to help participants teach and care for Black children effectively and authentically through Black arts and cultural education models.


Praxis is a concept used in the earlier Transformative Arts work that provides opportunity for Black artists, practitioners and artists interested in being arts educators to reflect on their contribution to arts and education, network, learn from each other and develop and share skills. This innovative work, led by Sister IAsia Thomas will guide participants through improving their practice as Black creatives, caregivers and educators (classroom and non-traditional settings), as we teach and learn with Black young people present and in mind. Guest arts educators for this event include local artists Alisha B. Wormsley and Iya Celeta Hickman who will offer engaging experiences focusing on the importance of uniting artists and teaching artists for black children as well as artmaking practices centering the heart and needs of the Black community through the arts. Praxis events will occur quarterly over the next two years.  


Events are free, but participants are required to RSVP for both events at www.BIT.Ly/BTANlaunch and www.BIT.Ly/BTANPraxis, and are asked to follow the organization's facebook page @BTANpgh to help spread the mission of the Black Transformative Arts Network. Childcare will be provided for the Praxis session.


For more information, or to contact the facilitators, email TAP.phase4@gmail.com

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