Pittsburgh and the Arts

The Associated Press put out a terrific promotional piece this afternoon on Pittsburgh's growing artistic footprint:

"Old Steel City embraces the arts"

No longer the smoky steel town of days past, the hometown of pop artist Andy Warhol is increasingly becoming known for its thriving arts community. This year alone, the city will host three national and international arts conferences, including a yearlong celebration of glass art and a gathering of museum directors.

"Many people from the outside still remember Pittsburgh from its steel days. It's really transformed itself," said Jason Busch, curator of decorative arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Busch helped organize a decorative arts symposium in April for members of The Decorative Arts Trust, a national nonprofit group made up of collectors, museum professionals and others.

"There's a rich artistic and cultural heritage to Pittsburgh and that's something we will really show through in this particular visit," Busch said. "For many people, it will be their first visit to Pittsburgh."

[Spotted at cnn.com]


2 Responses to "Pittsburgh and the Arts"

Amie Gillingham said... 4/28/2007 9:48 AM

To those of us in the arts community, Pittsburgh being a mecca for art is nothing new, but it's fantastic to see the rest of the world beginning to recognize and acknowledge Pittsburgh's artistic awesomeness.

Lauren said... 4/29/2007 3:48 PM

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