Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!
Batch-A-Toys is a community-wide program where Best of the Batch Foundation adopts more than 150 Allegheny County families and provides toys to children, essential household items to the adults, and a holiday meal basket for the entire family. More than 8,000 toys and household items are donated through the Foundation’s incredible volunteers, donors, and partner sites; more than 250 volunteers at our annual Wrapping Party at the Clubhouse then wrap the donations.
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.
Join us for a screening of “Dark Girls” on Nov. 18, as part of the 2020 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series presented by the African American Program of the Heinz History Center. Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman will discuss the film and place into cultural and psychological context the impact of colorism on women of African descent.
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.