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  1. Hotline Ring Raised Over $215,000!

    Because of the generous support, the arts community in Pittsburgh can continue to uplift the voices and stories of queer, Black, and people of color artists, performers, and neighbors. In total, we raised over $215,000 in support!

    Hotline Ring was a night to remember, full of dancing, celebration, activism, and most of all, the joy that comes from being a change-maker. Like writer Emma Goldman once said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution.”

    Collaboratively hosted by leaders from the collective organizations that are all in community with or led by queer, Black, people of color, including 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Dreams of Hope, The Legacy Arts Project, PearlArts Studios, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the program featured live performances, testimonials, special guests, and fun moments, like the interpretative dance beer tasting. You had to see it to believe it!

    You can still watch the full recording of the event, as well as learn more about the guests and donate to the Collective, at kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering.

  2. Hotline Ring Spotlight: 1Hood Media

    Check out this spotlight video from Hotline Ring 2021 partner: 1Hood Media

    1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art as a means of raising awareness about matters affecting people around the world. Our mission is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice.

    Hotline Ring: A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    Join 1Hood Media for a virtual fundraiser led by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood MediaBOOM ConceptsDreams of HopeThe Legacy Arts Project and Pearlarts. Mark your calendars TODAY for July 15th at 6:00pm. kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering
    Hotline Ring is sponsored by Duolingo, PNC, and Mosites Company, Inc., with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising, and in-kind media sponsorship from Pittsburgh City Paper.

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAY

  3. Hotline Ring Spotlight: Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    Kelly Strayhorn Theater is a non-profit community performing arts center in East Liberty,  advancing live art through strategic vision and community collaboration with two venues running along Penn Avenue. KST’s Alloy Studios is a cultural hub in the heart of East  Liberty, and the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater is located in the thriving business district. More than 15 years after its founding, KST continues to use its broad reach to impact the contemporary arts and the community.

    Hotline Ring: A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    Join us for a virtual fundraiser led by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood MediaBOOM ConceptsDreams of HopeThe Legacy Arts Project and Pearlarts. Mark your calendars TODAY for July 15th at 6:00pm. kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering
    Hotline Ring is sponsored by Duolingo, PNC, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mosites Company, Inc., and Giant Eagle, with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising, and in-kind media sponsorship from Pittsburgh City Pape

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAY

  4. Hotline Ring Spotlight: BOOM Concepts

    Check out this spotlight video from Hotline Ring 2021 partner: BOOM Concepts

    BOOM Concepts is a creative hub based in Pittsburgh dedicated to the advancement of POC and LGBTQIA creative entrepreneurs. BOOM Concepts serves as a space for field building, knowledge sharing, peer to peer mentorship, and storytelling.

    Hotline Ring: A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    Join BOOM Concepts for a virtual fundraiser led by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood MediaBOOM ConceptsDreams of HopeThe Legacy Arts Project and Pearlarts. Mark your calendars TODAY for July 15th at 6:00pm. kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering
    Hotline Ring is sponsored by Duolingo, PNC, and Mosites Company, Inc., with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising, and in-kind media sponsorship from Pittsburgh City Paper.

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAY

  5. Hotline Ring Spotlight: Braddock Carnegie Library

    Braddock Carnegie Library provides creative tools for dynamic, engaged learning, resources for meeting life’s challenges and joy. It is a place where neighbors meet, create and experience art, exchange ideas, share cultures, resources and creative strategies with one another, while strengthening communities.

    Hotline Ring: A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    Join Braddock Carnegie Library for a virtual fundraiser led by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Dreams of Hope, The Legacy Arts Project and Pearlarts. Mark your calendars TODAY for July 15th at 6:00pm. kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering
    Hotline Ring is sponsored by Duolingo, PNC, and Mosites Company, Inc., with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising, and in-kind media sponsorship from Pittsburgh City Paper.

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAy

  6. Hotline Ring Spotlight: Dreams of Hope

    Check out this spotlight video from Hotline Ring 2021 partner: Dreams of Hope

    Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied (LGBTQA+) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders.

    Join Dreams of Hope for Hotline Ring, a virtual fundraiser led by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library, The Legacy Arts Project, and Pearlarts. Mark your calendars TODAY for July 15th at 6:00pm. kelly-strayhorn.org/hotlinering/

    Hotline Ring is sponsored by Duolingo, PNC, and Mosites Company, Inc., with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Opportunity Fund, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising, and in-kind media sponsorship from Pittsburgh City Paper.

    Hotline Ring: A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    We are thrilled to announce the return of Hotline Ring, a collective virtual fundraiser led by Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Dreams of Hope, The Legacy Arts Project, and PearlArts. Join us for the live streaming program as Hotline Ring brings together our aligned missions and our supporters to create a spectacular event as an opportunity for giving that will have an enormous impact on our region.

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAY

  7. Hotline Ring 2021 Spotlight: PearlArts

    Check out this spotlight video from Hotline Ring 2021 partner: PearlArts

    A Collective Virtual Fundraiser

    PearlArts is a dance-focused arts organization that also provides music and media arts programming. We offer artistic experiences through creative residencies, innovative collaborations, and a broad range of dance and sound education and outreach opportunities. PearlArts is the creative parent organization for STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos and Tuff Sound Recording.

    We are thrilled to announce the return of Hotline Ring, a collective virtual fundraiser led by Kelly Strayhorn Theater in collaboration with 1Hood Media, BOOM Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Dreams of Hope, The Legacy Arts Project, and PearlArts. Join us for the live streaming program as Hotline Ring brings together our aligned missions and our supporters to create a spectacular event as an opportunity for giving that will have an enormous impact on our region.

    Thursday, July 15, 6:00pm – 10:00pm  

    DONATE TODAY!

  8. Open Air: Staycee Pearl

    Check out this exciting write-up by Dance Currents about Staycee Pearl and KST’s company in residence, PearlArts!

    “[Kelly Strayhorn Theater] helped keep Pittsburgh honest (if not perfect), but still with its finger on the pulse of the future, and this program was a perfect example.”

    “Choreographer Staycee Pearl is currently the artist-in-residence at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which is a rarity in itself. Also a rarity: Staycee, a black artist, loomed large at PBT’s recent Open Air festival. It was a long time coming, but it proved that PBT was serious when it was one of the first American ballet companies to make a firm commitment to including blacks in their essentially European art form.”

    FULL ARTICLE HERE.