A group of 40 AEU crew members took a long weekend trip to New York City. The community decided on what sites to visit during the planning process.
Read stories about the trip from AEU crew members! Click here for their stories. This trip was made possible by the Heinz Endowments and the Opportunity Fund.
We took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, explored the 9/11 Memorial, had a tour and workshop at the Guggenheim, and toured MoMA on our own. In between our visits, we explored the city and the festive magic of NYC at the holidays.
In October 2019, we celebrated the opening of the Hazelwood Community Garden, a neighborhood Play Stop in collaboration with artist Dylan Rooke!
Almost 100 residents joined a rainy, costumed parade from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh—Hazelwood to the Hazelwood Community Garden accompanied by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band. We celebrated the opening of the new Play Stop with music, food, and games with our partners the Family Center of Hazelwood, the Hazelwood Initiative, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Trying Together.
We unveiled a new mural on Elizabeth Street, Time Travelers, that highlights Hazelwood’s path from the past to the future in October 2019. The Candy Land inspired mural features two Hazelwood residents, Odyssey and Homer, and traces our development as a community.
Thanks to everyone involved for making this project shine! Special thanks to artist Sandy Kessler Kaminski for her work on painting the mural.
The mural, with a small park beside it, has been the talk of the neighborhood. The first thing people say when you ask them about the ripples of art-making in the neighborhood is, “Have you seen the mural?”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 28, 2019, “Art as an agent of social change, in which the public is co-creator”