The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) approved for 2021!

The AWAACC invites your company to also become an EITC Partner. Children who are exposed to art and who have been provided the opportunity to learn about identity through art, have increased confidence and self-awareness. The AWAACC is committed to serving its community with this same level of artistic excellence that we provide on our stages and in our galleries. The AWAACC is constantly seeking ways to play an active role in addressing and helping resolve the many challenges facing the City and its diverse communities. ​

The AWAACC is committed to being a cultural leader within the community and in the classroom, and with support provided by the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, it can provide art based, educational programs to thousands of school students annually.

Students who participate in the AWAACC Education programs:

  • Learn to interpret and reflect life through the study of visual arts;
  • Explore the writings and work process of prolific writer August Wilson;
  • Develop problem solving and observation skills;
  • Come to appreciate the value of art and history in our lives and society.

More about the EITC Program

  • Businesses large and small can apply for EITC credits through a simple, online process. To determine your eligibility, you and your tax professional can access a copy of the guidelines and application at: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/
  • Businesses can donate to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center through the program and receive Tax credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year and can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution if the business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years. For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations, a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually.

Education Programs Include:

Visual Arts Tour & Enrichment Program-The August Wilson African American Cultural Center invested in visual arts and the promotion and support of artists from the African diaspora. The Center’s defining vision continually shapes it as a major presenter of the arts and a home for the dynamic exchange of ideas that transform how young people think about the world. To this end, this also makes the Center an ideal partner with schools in educating and engaging with young audiences, for whom exposure to compelling ideas, new concepts, and artists from the African American community and the African diaspora is critical.  Each year, the Center mounts three exhibitions focused on work and themes relevant to and reflective of the African American experience. Overall, our exhibit tours have over 10,000 visitors annually.

A permanent addition to our education program menu will be offered in 2021, with the premiere of the first exhibit dedicated to life and legacy of August Wilson titled August Wilson: A Writer’s Landscape. This permanent and interactive show piece will cover over 4,000 square feet of the Center’s gallery spaces and will highlight all of August Wilson’s master works. The exhibit will allow students to explore the world around them through what is termed, August Wilson’s Century Cycle, a band of ten plays which portray the 20th century African American experience, including plays such as the Piano Lesson, Fences, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Students will not only learn about August Wilson’s work, but his work process, and will be asked to share their own thoughts through spoken and written word, using Wilson’s work process as a guide.

This program is created to integrate with and be reinforced by classroom instructional curriculum. The Center focuses on the high school students but plans to expand the tour program to include middle school students and younger (where appropriate) in the coming year. Students often become repeat visitors, and this allows us to build valuable relationships and partnerships with area educators and schools. Additionally, the Center subsidizes much of the cost of the bus transportation, as for many schools, teachers, and families, the cost of travel and field trips can be prohibitive.

Classroom Engagement– The AWAACC also provides in-classroom programming. The curriculum used is one that is specially created for our education partners and aligns with the teacher’s agenda. In-classroom programs can relate to our exhibits, where tours can be taken by students virtually, using the created curriculum as a teaching tool. The Center also, provides education about the performing arts. 

As a visual and performance arts entity, it is important for students to know the roots of music that derived from Black performers. Programs such as The Blues in Schools, is a program where the curriculum teaches about the history of Blues music and its Black roots.  The Center hosts two major festivals each year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, and the Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival, where thousands of people gather in Pittsburgh, to enjoy music and fellowship. To bring the history of the Blues to classrooms, we enlist local Blues artists who have visited classrooms, sharing Blues history, and performing songs.

The AWAACC education program also includes special student matinee performances and in 2021-2022 is being expanded to include the virtual Youth Writers Camp, and the newly created Hip-Hop Workshop which will have virtual and in-person learning opportunities.

Sign up today and support the AWAACC in its mission to provide educational programming to public school student throughout Pittsburgh!

  • ​To learn more about the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, contact:
    Gina J. Range, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
    grange@aacc-awc.org