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The KST Blog serves as an alternative view of the KST programming, showcasing our artist talk series, KST curated weekly playlists, and more!

  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE: Kelly Strayhorn Theater welcomes Pittsburgh audiences home to our venues this fall

    EAST LIBERTY, PA, August 20, 2021 – After nearly two years apart, Kelly Strayhorn Theater is excited to welcome all lovers of the arts back home to East Liberty this fall for an unforgettable series of dance, art, theatrical, and musical performances. 

    Masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. “With the uncertainty of the pandemic, our community’s health and safety come first for us at KST. Moving forward into our 2021-2022 season, we will continue to closely follow the CDC and Allegheny County Health Department’s guidelines to make sure that all of us can enjoy the performing arts without fear or unease. All our performances, workshops, and classes will be masked and physically distanced because to us, you can’t have a great show without an audience who feels safe and at home,” said Joseph Hall, Executive Director of Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 

    Taking inspiration from the cultural tradition of Black homemaking, KST is affirming itself as a home for artists and a site of resistance, birthing community-centered arts where all are valued, with particular care and nurturance for historically resilient folks. 

    Season events take place at both the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue, and KST’s Alloy Studios, at 5530 Penn Avenue, unless otherwise noted. 

    Tickets are now on sale at kelly-strayhorn.org or can be purchased in person at the event. Pricing is Pay What Makes You Happy!, a sliding scale of accessible price points in order to truly welcome all to enjoy the arts. 
    For full season details, COVID policy updates, and tickets, go to kelly-strayhorn.org.

  2. 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.

  3. 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  

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  4. 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  

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  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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