Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!
Every year, Philadelphia honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of giving back and — even this year — an extended weekend of in-person and virtual activities celebrate Dr. King across the city.
For 2021, the mission to pay tribute to King’s work continues alongside updated health and safety protocols from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office and be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States. Learn more about the details and activities.
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy has announced the lineup for the 2021 Hillman Performing Arts Series. The season includes four shows from March through May 2021.
All shows are Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per show and go on sale Monday, Nov. 16, online at www.thehillman.org or by phone at 412-968-3040.
Martin Luther King Jr Day, on the third Monday in January, honors the American clergyman, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
Martin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.
Every year, PUMP compiles local events, service projects, conversations, celebrations, and other opportunities to honor MLK Day here in Pittsburgh:
Thursday, January 14th
Friday, January 15th
Sunday, January 17th
Monday, January 18th
Wednesday, January 20th
Friday, January 22nd – Saturday, January 23rd
MLK Day is an opportunity for individuals and communities to engage in focused educational and service experiences in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. But our commitment to racial justice must extend beyond a single day or a singular figure in the civil rights movement. Re-commit yourself to this work by supporting Black-led organizations on the frontlines of advancing racial equity and justice.
Get involved with local Black-led organizations:
Check out more information at PUMP: https://www.pump.org/mlk-day-2021/
The award-winning documentary “Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels,” directed by Tony Buba and produced by Pitt Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History Marcus Rediker, is now available to view online for free on Pitt’s YouTube and Vimeo channels. Rediker teaches in the Department of History, part of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
The film chronicles a journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the rebels who captured the slave schooner Amistad in 1839. The filmmakers interviewed elders about local memory of the incident through the oral tradition and searched for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where the cruel transatlantic voyage began. Rediker and Buba relied on the knowledge of villagers, fishermen and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery and to restore the popular memory of the Atlantic slave trade.
“In a time when many Americans and others around the world are eager to learn about racial injustice and its history, it is crucial to have this film about the slave trade—and successful resistance to the slave trade—as a resource,” said Rediker, adding that his primary goal in making the film was “to create the best possible educational tool for the widest possible audience.”
“Ghosts of Amistad” is also available, with subtitles, in French, Italian and Spanish. The film was awarded the John E. O’Connor Film Prize by the American Historical Association as the best historical documentary of 2015. It has been screened around the world—in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Bologna and throughout the United States.
More information: https://www.ghostsofamistad.com/
“Nothing beats visiting Touchstone’s campus and watching live demonstrations, but perhaps touring our studios virtually, watching online demonstrations, and interacting with artists virtually will actually reach more people than our typical event does” says Lindsay K. Gates, Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts.
· EXPLORE Touchstone’s beautiful 150-acre campus and well-equipped studios without leaving the safety of your home. Learn about things to do in the Laurel Highlands and take a virtual nature walk around campus.
· DISCOVER new artists, techniques, opportunities, and browse our virtual gallery exhibition. Hear conversations with professional and emerging artists, educators, and Touchstone participants.
· PARTICIPATE in online art activities and view demonstrations in blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, metals & jewelry, and plein air painting. Watch a live stream* of the noborigama wood kiln being unloaded!
· EXPERIENCE what it’s like to be a part of the creative community and have a chance to share your Touchstone Experience!
To enjoy and participate in the Virtual Open House, visit touchstoneopenhouse.org
Participating artists and organizations include: Frontline Arts, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Boris Bally, Sharif Bey, Jim Bové, Ed Claypoole, Ron Donoughe, Yoshi Fuji, Joy Knepp, Maia Leppo, Michael Nashef, Jared Ondovchik, William Pfahl, Kyle and Kelly Phelps, Kevin Rhode, Touchstone Friends, Interns and Staff, and more! Please check back as the list will be updated.
This project is supported by a Craft Futures Fund Grant from the Center for Craft. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp. (91.3 WYEP & 90.55 WESA) is the official media sponsor for Touchstone’s Virtual Open House. Funded in part by the Fayette County Tourism Grant Program.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Navarro Design Associates, Drs. Paul and Diane Kiproff, QCOL Inc., National Road Heritage Corridor, First National Bank, DiceCo Technologies LLC, Enscoe Long Insurance Group LLC, Hranec Corporation, Halstead Jewelry Supplies, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Somerset Trust Company, Artist & Craftsman Supply, FastSigns of Uniontown, Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.
*Special thanks to DiceCo Technologies LLC for supporting the live stream.
ABOUT TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS Founded in 1972, Touchstone Center for Crafts’ mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. We achieve this through an array of media including blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, fine metals, drawing/painting, and other special topic areas. Touchstone’s 150 acre wooded campus is located in the Laurel Highlands, just 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Touchstone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering immersive learning experiences in 7 fully equipped studios, workshop scholarships for teens and adults, artist residencies, internships for artists, and professional gallery exhibitions.
To learn more about Touchstone Center for Crafts please visit www.touchstonecrafts.org.