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Friendship & Penn Ave Arts District

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During Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn, an artistic flowering in the Avenue's old buildings draws visitors from around the city to innovative galleries, the impressive Pittsburgh Glass Center, small dance companies, ad hoc rock venues and appealing restaurants such as Salt of the Earth and Verde.

What's the best way is to get to there? Public transportation choices are plentiful. Baum Boulevard: 77 Penn Hills; Centre Avenue to Downtown: 71A Negley and 71C Point Breeze via Oakland, 82 Lincoln via the Hill District and 86 Liberty via Bloomfield and the Strip District; Friendship Avenue to Downtown and East End destinations: 87 Friendship; Penn Avenue: 88 to Strip District and Downtown as well as East Liberty, Target and Bakery Square; Routes 71C, 77, 82 and 86 also serve East Liberty shopping areas, while 71A provides service to Highland Park

Friendship & Penn Ave Arts District Features

Impressions of Pittsburgh: what the arts delegates had to say about our city

Recently, 1000 or so arts delegates from around the country converged in Pittsburgh to meet and to experience our arts scene. When we kept hearing them gush (like the newly turned-on fountain) about our city, we asked some to go on record with their impressions. From the president of PBS to the Director of the Austin Ballet, here's what they had to say.

What's next for The Pittsburgh Promise?

With a new infusion of funding and more evidence that it's working, The Pittsburgh Promise launches a new phase with the same outstanding promise to each city student who qualifies: $40,000 in college scholarships.

How to get connected to Pittsburgh

Want to meet more people and get better connected in your city? Here's an informal guide to get you started, from finding events you'll enjoy to networking to help your career and helpful tips along the way.

Pop Star: Kate Stoltzfus of CreativeMornings and Yinzpiration

When a group decided to form a local chapter of CreativeMornings, they tapped Kate Stolzfus--"one of our city's most dedicated champions"--to lead the event series. She's the blogger behind Yinzpiration, where she's on a quest to interview 100 inspiring Pittsburghers before her 30th birthday.

Photo Slide Show: The Center for PostNatural History

Did you know? In the Penn Ave. Arts District, there's a center for postnatural history that explores life forms that have been altered by man such as the red canary or rats that are connected to the atomic bomb program. Nearly a year old, and six years in development, there's nothing else like this place in the world.
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