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August Wilson African American Cultural Center

980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
https://aacc-awc.org

February 2019

Black Bottom Film Festival

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - February 24, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

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…

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January 2020

Opening Reception: I came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach
January 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Performance by Ayana and Tsedaye, 7:00 pm free | light refreshments Ayana M. Evans, New York-based performance artist, and Tsedaye Makonnen, a multidisciplinary artist from Washington, DC, present new collaborative works and performances that explore the legacies of Black radical womanhood in relationship to well-being, ritual, and physical labor. Their art will be presented in Pittsburgh in Gallery 1 until March 29. Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

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Opening Reception: Vanishing Black Bars & Lounge
January 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Artist and curator-led tour, 5:30 pm free | light refreshments New Orleans-based photographer L. Kasimu Harris documents disappearing social halls and leisure clubs that were safe gathering spaces for African Americans for entertainment, benevolent causes, and community activism. Join us for our opening reception and see this art while it remains in Pittsburgh in Gallery 2. Organized by Kilolo Luckett, curator of Visual Arts.

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April 2021

AWCommunity Day
April 24 @ 11:00 am

This 2021 spring AWCommunity Day celebrates August Wilson’s 76th birthday in collaboration with August Wilson Society and Howard University. The program includes a performance by Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, poetic readings by two Youth Writers Camp scholars and a home gardening interview with Soil Sisters Plant Nursery. AWCommunity Day incorporates 3 elements of the Hill Districts featuring a community tour with Chris Rawson, a conversation with Denise Turner, Executive Director of the August Wilson House, and a spotlight of…

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The Vinyl Report
April 29 @ 7:00 pm

Every Thursday during Jazz Appreciation Month, drummer Thomas Wendt will play and discuss some of his favorite Jazz albums. This event is available only on pittsburghjazzfest.org! VIEW HERE Dakota Staton - Live and Swingin' (1963, United Artists) Pittsburgh vocalist Dakota Staton is often overlooked when great Jazz singers are discussed. But this album, recorded live at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival with trumpeter Howard McGhee's All-Star big band, is a prime example of Dakota's prowess as a one of the…

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Lit Fridays
April 30 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE PANELISTS IN ADVANCE @ info@aacc-awc.org Crystal Boson writes short, dense poems that lay bare the complicated geographies of the United States and the lives of the Black,…

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May 2021

Unhoarding Our Stories: Black Women Talking Art
May 13 @ 6:30 pm

Unhoarding Our Stories: Black Women Talking Art, Heart, and the Insides of the Art World Co-hosted by the ARThouse and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, this event will feature appetizers, drinks, and a live panel. This event is free, but space is limited to allow social distancing, and registration is required. Temperature checks, face masks, and social distancing will be enforced.

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Lit Fridays
May 14 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.   Chiwan Choi is the author of 3 books of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed…

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Art After Dark
May 22 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for our third installment of Art After Dark. Get a first look at our latest exhibition Minding My Business (i said what i said) with a guided tour from our visual art curators, Janice Bond and Sadie Woods. Enjoy live music from Pittsburgh recording artists E. Cruse and Lake City Fresh. Limited capacity, registration is required.

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Lit Fridays
May 28 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Josh Aiken Joshua Aiken is a writer based in New Haven, CT. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, alumnus of the Vermont Studio Center, and winner of the Martin Starkie Prize, whose poetry…

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June 2021

BLK FREEDOM
June 15 @ 12:00 pm

10 leading Black museums and historical institutions from coast to coast will join forces for BLKFREEDOM.org to commemorate Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas. The annual collaboration has produced a film documenting the national exploration of the deeprooted anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” through the eyes of historic museums and anthropologists from across the United States. BLKFREEDOM.org will commemorate the anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when…

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Lit Fridays
June 25 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. ARIANA BROWN is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020) and the debut…

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July 2021

Creating Black Autonomous Spaces
July 8 @ 5:00 pm

Led by Baltimore-native photographer, artist and archivist SHAN Wallace and Pittsburgh-based artist and administrator Jessica Gaynelle Moss, CREATING BLACK AUTONOMOUS SPACES will investigate the past and imagine the future of Black Autonomous Spaces through an examination of Wallace’s most recent body of work, The Avenue.

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AWCommunity Day
July 17 @ 11:00 am

This free, virtual family-friendly event features local artisans and performers. Viewers can enjoy yoga and meditation, delicious food recipes, a robotics presentation from Sarah Heinz House and studio tour with Cue Perry at the Ohringer Building. AWCommunity Day is a quarterly event that is proudly sponsored by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.

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Lit Fridays with Micaiah Johnson
July 30 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Micaiah Johnson was raised in California’s Mojave Desert surrounded by trees named Joshua and women who told stories. She received her bachelor of arts in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside,…

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August 2021

Frederick Douglass Now
August 21 @ 7:00 pm

Roger Guenveur Smith returns to the stage with his signature solo show, Frederick Douglass Now.  Frederick Douglass Now is a monologue inspired by the life and work of the self-liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist Frederick Douglass. Smith has edited Douglass' class 19th Century texts into a jazz-infused narrative, bookended by original writing of Beckettian force to produce the kind of edgy stylistic mash-up of which vital contemporary theater is made. Smith has been inspired by the pioneering abolitionist and feminist…

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Lit Fridays with Dustin Pearson
August 27 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Dustin Pearson is the author of A Season in Hell with Rimbaud (BOA Editions, 2022), Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018), and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight…

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September 2021

Lit Fridays with Anaïs Duplan
September 24 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of upcoming book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture…

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October 2021

Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival
October 2 @ 11:00 am

BUY TICKETS Friday October 1, 2021 Mavis Staples Saturday October 2, 2021 Robert Cray Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band Third World Rare Essence Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen Dumpstaphunk Morris Day & The Time Learn more at blues.aacc-awc.org

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Circles: going in
October 28, 2021 to October 30, 2021

Co-Presented by August Wilson African American Cultural Center and Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Black Joy. Femme. Cycles of Life and Love. CIRCLES is a full-length dance work celebrating #BlackGirlMagic. Layering dance, visual arts, and a live original score, the work presents snapshots of popular culture through Choreographer Staycee Pearl’s lens as a Black woman. With an ensemble of five dancers, CIRCLES is a colorful, unapologetic, and daring path to self-reclamation. CIRCLES is amplified by an original soundtrack created by Herman “Soy…

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Lit Fridays with Jewelle Gomez
October 29 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Jewelle Gomez, (Cabo Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway) is a playwright, novelist, and poet. She’s the author of eight books including the first Black Lesbian vampyre novel, THE GILDA STORIES, which has been in print continuously for…

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November 2021

In The Booth
November 6 @ 11:00 am

BUY TICKETS The August Wilson African American Cultural Center presents its first Hip-Hop Camp that be in four parts and will include, the art of songwriting and creation, dj’ing, graffiti art, and breakdancing.  The first part of camp begin with the art of songwriting and creation. In the Booth is a four-part session that will focus on the history and evolution of hip-hop, lyrical content and artistic responsibility, and discover the connection between August Wilson and hip-hop music.  In the…

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research + production
November 10 @ 5:00 pm

research + production Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Jason McKoy, Sadie Woods Presented in partnership with Terrain Exhibitions & Biennial: ‘A work in Progress’: Pittsburgh-based designer Jason McKoy, artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss and curator Sadie Woods will convene in one of Pittsburgh's most celebrated Black spaces, The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, to discuss the importance of cultivating, creating and protecting spaces that celebrate our vibrant legacies. Jason McKoy is an ARTvocate, social innovation designer, and weirdo originally from NYC. Living…

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Philadanco!
November 12 @ 7:00 pm

PHILADANCO, internationally known for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African American traditions in dance, with a long legacy of building bridges across cultural divides through its work, performs at AWAACC on Friday November 12th. Performing signature pieces from the renowned company’s repertoire, including Super 8!, choreographed by Ray Mercer, and Enemy Behind the Gates, choreographed by Christopher Huggins with music by Steve Reich, the performance celebrates the dance company’s 51st anniversary season and 61st anniversary as a dance…

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Lit Fridays with Matt Broaddus & Jessica Lanay
November 19 @ 5:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday* of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. *November and December dates have been changed to accommodate holiday observance Jessica Lanay is an award-winning poet, art writer, and short fiction writer. In 2020, she won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize…

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abstract + physical with Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Victoria Edwards, Kiley Williams, LaKeisha Wolf
November 19 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. VIEW Victoria Edwards: To me, exhibits are opportunities to create experiences that present new life perspectives. I hope to use exhibits to open people’s eyes to their privileges and biases and give them a safe space…

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Take Center Stage Gala
November 20

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh gratefully acknowledges Take Center Stage Presenting Sponsor UPMC and UPMC Health Plan who along with Corporate Chair Franco Harris, will lead this exciting event. We are thrilled to announce our Host Committee Co-Chairs, Cain and Denise Hayes, who with support from our Legacy Co-Chairs, Judy and Ron Davenport, will help to make this a night to remember. As the 2020 Take Center Stage Gala was postponed due to covid-19 restrictions, the…

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