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KST Presents

KST Alloy Studios :: 10:30am – 2:15pm
5530 Penn Ave :: Map

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh :: 2:45pm – 3:45pm
120 S. Whitfield St. :: Map

Kelly Strayhorn Theater :: 4:00pm – 7pm
5941 Penn Ave :: Map


The FUTUREMAKERS Symposium brings neighbors together to activate personal and collective agency in a moment of rapid community transformation.

We at the Kelly Strayhorn are convening, with our neighbors—artists, producers, entrepreneurs, community planners and residents—a conversation about how WE can imagine and create together a neighborhood that works for all of us; a place where organic vitality is at the root of a vibrant community, a place that embraces the development to date and encourages active participation in making our neighborhood of the future.  

Join us on Tuesday May 17, 2016 in East Liberty at KST Alloy Studios, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for intimate and dynamic exchanges among attendees, presenters, neighbors and friends in a day of conversations, performances and salon-style presentations. We will exchange action-based strategies for creating and sustaining our diverse and inclusive neighborhood.

The day culminates with F. Javier Torres, Director of Grantmaking for Artplace America, as he joins KST executive director janera solomon for a talk and conversation about creative placemaking as a tool for inclusive community building.

The FUTUREMAKERS Symposium is a collaboration with Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s Sixth Annual Community Development Summit,

Register for the full day-long conference, or select individual events at the links below:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:30am – 7pm
Registers you for all four events.


For the Neighborhood By the Neighborhood
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 :: 10:30am – 11:45am

KST Alloy Studios
These Fishbowl Styled live streamed discussions will explore the intersections of policy, development and culture in creating welcoming community and places of belonging.

  • What are the new strategies and ideas being used?
  • How do people make connections with power and place?
  • What does it mean to belong to a place?


LUNCH 12pm – 1pm
The Waffler Truck will be parked at KST Alloy Studios.


Futurisms, Digital Space and #HASHTAGS
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 :: 1pm – 2:15pm
KST Alloy Studios
This session will ask both sides the following questions around (re)claiming space in the digital era:

  • How do we use the digital space to organize and mobilize communities?
  • When is digital space used as a tool to generate collective power?
  • What is the role of agitation and inclusion when defining space?

After the Two Way Q & A, the group will intentionally engage in online exchange with the panelist as a way to spread shared ideals and values. This conversation includes the opportunity for attendees to take part in the digital public art project #hashtagsAREtheNEWprotestSIGNS.


Who and Where are the FUTUREMAKERS?
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 :: 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
This panel will discuss the role of creativity in the equitable development of neighborhoods. Examining how creative place-making, public/private development, technology, and advocacy intersect to re-brand the past present and FUTURE of places across America. This session will examine the following questions:

  • When/Why does local government shape community (re)development and (re)investment?
  • How do artists, developers, business, and policymakers lead responsible growth together in a neighborhood?


We Call this Place Home :: With F. Javier Torres
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 :: 4pm – 5:15pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Creating inclusive whole communities is an intentional act and set of actions and art is at the center. We believe culture, places, traditions, rituals are the fabric of community and make neighbors out of residents, and communities out of neighborhoods. In a neighborhood careful attention must be paid to these institutions for that community to feel alive; and for its residents to feel as though they belong to it.

Join F. Javier Torres, Director of Grantmaking for Artplace America, for a talk and conversation w/ KST executive director janera Solomon, about the role artists and cultural producers can play in preventing cultural displacement.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 :: 5:30pm – 7pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Music by TRAXPOLITATION and Cash Bar


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The FUTUREMAKERS SYMPOSIUM is presented in conjunction with Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Penn Avenue Creative, made possible with generous support from The Heinz Endowments. Additional support for FUTUREMAKERS is provided by Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and The Sprout Fund.