One of the best things about living in Pittsburgh is being privy to the wealth of artistic exposure offered by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. They are responsible for bringing high quality performing and visual arts to our city and are currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary of First Night downtown. In case you are not familiar with this event, it is a free family friendly New Year Eve’s party held downtown. For a mere $10.00 you can purchase an all-access button that will give you entry to all 150 art focused activities and events. It is a fantastic way to bring in the new year and a real memory maker for children. You can check out their schedule of events on the website which includes a walk through an ice maze infused with colorful lights.
Over the past 20 years the trust has literally transformed a downtrodden section of our city near Liberty Avenue that now stands as a national model of urban revitalization. They are the ones responsible for bringing that awesome rubber duck to town and made us the first city in the U.S. to host this floating art form. We have the largest concentration of arts per capita of any other city and have performances that rival those seen on Broadway. I will never forget the uplifting performance of John Davidson in Oaklahoma or the sight of Mary Poppins taking flight over the audience at the Benedum. You can sign up for the trust e-mail newsletter online so you never miss an event and special ticket offers. If you volunteer you get to work with a great group of people and see incredible shows for free. They have an impressive lists of options that include ushering, marketing and public relations. There are flexible options to accommodate personal preferences and there is an activity to fit any schedule.
Mark your calendar now for the upcoming Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater that kicks off the new year with a production of Stuck about a little boy with his kite caught in a tree. It is perfect for ages 3-10. To make it ultra convenient you can catch performances at the Byham Theater or several area high schools. Look for Teacher From The Black Lagoon in February and Junie B. Jones in March.
Your also don’t want to miss Mamma Mia! in February or Porgy and Bess in March. Celebrating the arts is great way to reduce tension and enjoy life. Kick off this new year with a focus on entertainment and treating yourself well.