PHOTO (IRMA FREEMAN) RUTH HENDRICKS; SYMPHONY IMAGE COHN; PHOTOS (AGNEZ KATZ CULTURAL DISTRICT) COURTESY OF VISIT PITTSBURGH
seen such fantastic
cooperation between organizations.
cultural and business
Honeck, music director of the PSO
For Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, cooperation between cultural and business organizations is necessary. further the economic development of the city of Pittsburgh, we aim to create and sustain a diverse environment and artistic he says. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl knows this, too. rich history of supporting the arts has given us a strong foundation fom which to build one of the best, most robust cultural districts in the he says. As a organization dedicated to the development of downtown Cultural District, The Trust supports hundreds of area artist and art organizations, even providing space for some of them. Says McMahon, astounding to think how vibrant and thriving has grown. This is a great arts
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Far left to bottom right: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination; Reading in Agnez Katz Plaza; The beautiful fountains at PPG Plaza; Salsa Fridays in the Cultural District.
Take a drive down Penn Avenue in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of and you miss a recent addition to the bustling street. Rays of sunlight the large recycled glass, tile and mirror of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, a community art and green energy venue classes and workshops for local residents. The Center also works to preserve and exhibit paintings and other works by the late Irma Freeman, a German-born Pittsburgh post-Impressionist artist. Sheila Ali, IFCI executive director and co-founder, says, goal for the center is to create an outreach for the youth in the neighborhood that need a creative outlet and a place to imagine life in all its cultural encounter with
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