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Friendship & Penn Ave Arts District : Featured Stories

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Ten tenacious years for The Sprout Fund. So what's next?

Cathy Lewis Long and Matt Hannigan have propelled The Sprout Fund to new heights in its decade of existence, and are poised to take its Spark program -- which brings together a collaborative of experts in early childhood, technology and new media-- in a fresh and exciting direction this year.

My ideal Pittsburgh weekend: Renee Piechocki

When her artist friend visited Pittsburgh, the director of the Office of Public Art showed her the artsy side of town, from a tour of the newly installed Romare Bearden mural at Gateway Station to a ceramic studio in Carnegie and two visits to the world-class Carnegie Museum of Art. Follow the fun with Renee and her group of friends.

The Talent Dividend: How more college grads can add to Pittsburgh's bottom line

What's the best thing a city can do to achieve more economic success? Increase its number of college graduates. The most prosperous cities have the highest number of college grads. Read how the Talent Dividend calculates just how much college degrees add to a city's bottom line--think billions--and why Pittsburgh is one of 57 cities competing for the million dollar prize to boost college attainment.

New Girl in Town: A wish list for Pittsburgh

New Girl first wrote about falling in love with our city a few years ago and she's been writing about it every since. Now in an attempt to raise the bar, she offers a wish list to keep our city thriving and vital. What's on your list?

Pop Filter Hot Pick: VIA Music & New Media Festival

This week, the gods of underground culture are smiling wide (and shining down on, we hope!) over Pittsburgh, with a slew of happenings showcasing some of the best of independent music, video, gaming, writing, and comics. At the center of it all is the return of VIA, which has transformed an entire city block into a living laboratory for cutting-edge artists from around the globe--and from our own talent-filled backyard. Grab tickets fast; some events are already sold out.

Pittsburgh's street art, a yarn of epic proportion

Pittsburgh's street art scene is vibrant, from Andy Warhol flowers as window dressing to yarn bombs on parking meters and bike racks and tin can art on street poles. Just as we were about to ask what's next, a sweater for the Mr. Rogers statue?, a red sweater appeared.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Get Hot & Sticky at Pittsburgh Glass Center's Birthday Blowout

Ninety-degree dog days of summer not hot enough for you? This Saturday, gather around a 2,000-degree creative cauldron, as the Pittsburgh Glass Center celebrates its 10th year on Penn Ave. with a birthday bash of alchemic proportions. Witness acts of extreme art and eat picnic fare from spinning towers of fire, as glass blowing performance group Burnt Asphalt Family keeps the revelry aglow.

Blog: The arts in crisis

The impact of arts is profound, from shaping our everyday lives to giving meaning and pleasure to our world to making our kids smarter in many ways. Read this defense of the arts and then see how you feel about the cuts to non-profits arts organizations.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Geek Out & Go Green at the GA/GI Festival!

Geek + Art + Green is the only equation you need to know this weekend. Geek out on the latest eco-tech inventions, make sculptures out of lint and learn about how chemistry helps make one great Bloody Mary. Only at Pittsburgh's first-of-its-kind GA/GI Festival.

12 Steps to Making Pittsburgh a National Energy Leader

The crisis is for real but the solutions are right at hand. Pittsburgh has turned the corner as a region that is better withstanding the down economy than many others. What's next for us? How about becoming a national leader in energy solutions? Turns out we have everything it takes. Here's the 12 Steps to making it happen.

New Girl in Town: On Nemacolin and Falling Rock

Did you know there's a new five-star resort near  Pittsburgh? And that no one at Pop City has been there? We've been to Nemacolin, of course, but not the modern and lux Falling Rock with the 24/7 butler service and 10-pillow menu. So off we went with--who else--but New Girl in Town?

Stamping Out Cigarette Butt Litter

If we could remove one thing from Pittsburgh, it might be the cigarette butt litter strewn over our landscape. While unsightly, research now shows that those cigarette butts are also toxic to our environment, polluting our streams and rivers. Here's what some Pittsburgh groups are doing to stamp out the problem.

New Girl in Town: What Pittsburgh Needs

Sure, we have much to appreciate but we can always do better. What does Pittsburgh need? Let's start with four amenities that could enhance our city--how about a living wall since we're already so green?--and raise the quality of life. Then we will continue the discussion after getting your suggestions.

From Dugout Dick to Eco Elvis: Your Environmental Road Trip

Deciding there was a role for him in the environmental movement, Mark Dixon created Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) and traveled the country searching for innovative green solutions and delivering Pittsburgh's green message. Along the way, he discovered lots of people thinking creatively, including a cave dweller and an Elvis imitator.

Changemaker: Charlie Humphrey

As head of Pittsburgh’s Center for the Arts, Filmmakers, and Glass Center, Charlie Humphrey is taking arts advocacy to a whole new level, getting everyone involved as he battles the recession and deep budget cuts. What do the arts mean to this region? More than you think.
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