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  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Discover Mister Rogers’ mindfulness teachings in the art film SWITCH SIGNAL, by artist collective Propelled Animals presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    EAST LIBERTY, PA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 – In collaboration with the creative collective Propelled Animals, Kelly Strayhorn Theater is proud to present SWITCH SIGNAL Friday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. 

    Commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, SWITCH SIGNAL is a site-responsive film rooted in the technologies of imagination and mindfulness taught by Pittsburgh’s beloved Mister Rogers.  As a site-responsive art piece, the performers and creatives respond to the locations present, building interactions based on those sites. The film was shot both on location at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and throughout Pittsburgh, with moments in The Hill District and at the Carrie Furnaces, in June 2021. Conjuring the absent presence of community during the global pandemic, this work is about listening. The film includes movement, marches, choreographies, music, and rites as a love letter to Pittsburgh.

    The film will premiere at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue in the heart of East Liberty, for one night only, Friday, September 24. Tickets are now available at kelly-strayhorn.org. 

    Propelled Animals are a collective of artists, dancers, scholars, musicians, and designers, bringing communities together for performances that honor nature, foreground radical tenderness, and deliver strategies for self-empowerment. The creative team includes: Esther Baker-Tarpaga of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barber of Detroit, Michigan, Heidi Wiren Bartlett of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raquel Monroe of Chicago, Illinois, and Courtney Jones of Boca Raton, Florida. 

    To ensure a comfortable return to in-person programming for our audience, artists and staff, KST has adopted several safety measures for all upcoming performances. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. Seating capacity has been reduced to 50% and all performers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance. For more details on SKST’s full COVID-19 safety protocol please visit Kelly-Strayhorn.org/covid.

    This project is made possible with support from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by the National Performance Network’s Artist Engagement Fund.

    Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s fall season continues with a robust and exciting lineup of art, music, dance, and more! Learn more at kelly-strayhorn.org. 

  2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Celebrate the Hits of Motown with Kelly Strayhorn Theater!  Featuring a Discussion with Women of Visions, ORIGINS Marketplace, and Concert with The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and more! 

    EAST LIBERTY, PA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 – Groove into Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s new season with Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN on Thursday, September 16! From the music of The Temptations, Jackson Five, and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, you’ll be dancing in the streets once you hear the stylings of vocalists Delana Flowers, Katy Cotten and Carmen Miller of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and accompanying musicians, all produced by musician Dwayne Fulton

    The evening begins at 5:30pm with a marketplace featuring creatives from ORIGINS, a program celebrating and supporting Black artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople working in Pittsburgh, in the theater vestibule. Featured artisans and makers include Espirations Greeting Cards, Rebel Bred Clothing, Naptural Beauty Supply and Social Living. And you don’t want to miss the 6:30pm artist discussion, an exclusive panel conversation, moderated by Aaron J. Johnson, PhD and Assistant Professor of Music at University of Pittsburgh, with the artists behind Women of Vision’s MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN: Art Inspired by the Music. The evening culminates with a concert featuring the vocal stylings of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber with Calvin Murphy (Drums) Gary Davis (Bass), Earl Russell (Keys), Keith Flowers (Keys), Gary Howard (Guitar), performing hits including “Dancing in the Street,” “My Girl,” “ABC,” and more! Join us for a marvelous evening of music, art, and celebration!

    Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN will be located at the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue in the East Liberty business district. 

    To ensure a comfortable return to in-person programming for our audience, artists and staff, KST has adopted several safety measures for all upcoming performances. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. Seating capacity has been reduced to 50% and all performers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance. For more details on KST’s full COVID-19 safety protocol please visit Kelly-Strayhorn.org/covid.

    Black and Solid Gold: the Hits of Magnificent Motown is made possible with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Bridgeway Capital, and in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Women of Visions, Inc. also acknowledges support from Opportunity Fund, and Arts, Equity and Education Fund.

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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