From national treasures in our galleries and award-winning artists on stage, the August Wilson Center is alive with activity.

The African American Cultural Center is pleased to present the first Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival on September 28-30 at the August Wilson Center and outdoors on Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Poised to attract regional and national audiences, the Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival will feature music, workshops, lectures, free concerts by local and emerging artists, plus ticketed performances featuring nationally and internationally renowned blues artists.

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Familiar Boundaries. Infinite Possibilities is a group exhibition of contemporary artists and will feature regional, national and international artists that will be on view throughout the August Wilson Center from October 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019. This exhibition will draw from themes that question society’s obsession with tradition, policing, consumption, and indulgence. The featured artists create spaces of joy, safety, healing, and care for humanity and the environment.

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Poetry Unplugged

The August Wilson Center - African American Cultural Center celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday as it kicks off it’s first poetry slam with nationally acclaimed poets, artists and lyricists from NYC, LA, DC & Pittsburgh.

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Black Bottom
Film Festival

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the third annual Black Bottom Film Festival illuminates and celebrates African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival showcases movies that focus on the themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. The festival will celebrate African American film making pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture. Writing and acting workshops are offered as well.

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The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank is a labor of love for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. We invite people from around the world, speaking different languages, sharing a common bond and love for this music to spend the third weekend of June in Pittsburgh. PIJF is committed to celebrating cultures of the world and connecting the notes that make us ONE.

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The August Wilson Center is pleased to announce SOUL SESSIONS, a series of intimate concerts featuring some of the most talented, award-winning bands and vocalists today. The intimate setting of the August Wilson Center is the perfect venue to enjoy these soulful performances.

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