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Transcript of Community Enrichment
we celebrated with lots of new innovative projects, such as
an interactive puzzle map
and the "Express Yourself"
photography booth. Children
were posted as "Smiles of the
Day" and the amount of digital
and interactive media that
appeared on our website was
tripled in size.
Office of Special Programs
As part of Community Services, we provide programming and support to adults over the age of 60 in arts, photography, and special events to encourage a healthy active lifestyle.
Roving Art Cart: 40 Years of Art and Smiles
After School Academy
We are proud of our 3-year 21st Century Learning Center Grant which was awarded in 2012. The Community Enrichment Program brings top notch
partners and staff into Pittsburgh Public Schools to
support learning in Communications, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Health and Physical Fitness, and Environmental Science and Technology.
Alphabet Trail and Tales
The City of Pittsburgh is home to the largest celebration of early literacy in the region, perhaps even the country. Over 5,000 participants flock to Frick Park for an opportunity to meet children's book authors, listen to books read aloud, watch music and theatrical acts and receive healthy snacks and many more fun surprises for free!
Great Race Designs
Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Citiparks
Healthy Active Living Support
Collaboration with Colleges
Roving Art Cars at First Night
Saturday Light Brigade
The Office of Special Programs and Community Enrichment is a powerful convergence of local networking by the City of Pittsburgh partnered with child service organizations, public schools, local colleges and universities, community development corporations, small businesses, artists, musicians and other performers, instructors and innovators from master gardeners to computer programmers. We do this cost effectively, not only using a very small fraction of tax revenue, but also generating revenue in the form of grants, in kind donations, and savings through the resourceful staff that is functioning in many levels of production, transport, and execution of programs. We are proud to represent the City of Pittsburgh as an agent to inspire creativity, support education, and to encourage and promote a healthy, active lifestyle.
Who We Are - Creative People Bringing the Best of Pittsburgh to Every Community
Outdoor Easel Painting
Some children paint at an easel for the first time in our outdoor studio! We give them valuable educational experiences with color mixing and a exposure to quality art materials for free!
Bicycle Spin Art
Spin Art is part of our Action Art curriculum, a great project that encourages healthy exercise and it uses bicycle power to turn a recycled record to make an original work of art.
Carnegie Mellon University
Art Institute of Pittsburgh
For the past five years, the City of Pittsburgh has participated in the First Night Parade. One of the vans was transformed into a fantastical artmobile with larger-than-life art supplies. The other celebrates Alphabet Trail and Tales, with characters from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Cat in the Hat," and "The Lorax,"
The Office of Special Programs is able to defray more than $5,000 a year in
graphic design and printing services, which were designed in in our department starting in 2011.
Local Artists and Partners
International Children's Theater
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Saturday Light Brigade
Bistro To Go
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Allegheny County Library
Reading Is Fundamental
International Children's Festival
Every year in May, we join the Children's International Theater in celebrating children's entertainment on the lawn and surrounding grounds of the Main Branch of the Carnegie Library. It's a beautiful celebration of imagination and wonder, with performances from around the world and around the corner, with arts, crafts, storytelling and games!
ARTWorks Juried Art Exhibition
The year 2014 marks the 15th Anniversary of ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh. It is a juried exhibition, showing hundreds of original works by City employees, retirees, and their families. We are proud to award cash prizes and art scholarships worth up to $300 to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for participants. This is made possible through a generous grant from the National Arts Program, in cosponsorship with the Office of Special Programs. The reception is held in April,
Duquesne nursing students tutor public school students in english, math and science. Also, after five weeks they give the children a hands on experience of nursing on "Career Day," on campus at Duquesne University. We are happy that 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the program.
Students and teachers alike look forward to celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday in March, with stories read aloud and fantastic hats based on the characters of his books!
Students learn professional techniques from staff and student chefs at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Students learn computer programming from staff and graduates of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.