Excursion: Santa comes to Hazelwood

December 2020

Santa made his rounds in the neighborhood right before the holiday! We dropped off gifts and baskets to our friends and neighbors. 

We couldn’t be together in one place, so our holiday cheer was mobile this year!

Excursion: Vacant Lot Observations

September 2020

We hosted a neighborhood excursion on a vacant lot that was on its way to becoming a sculpture garden on Second avenue near the Glenwood bridge. Youth, adults and elders spent time observing, drawing and experiencing the plants and animals in the lot. 

We partnered with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on this afternoon.

Excursion: Kennywood

August 2020

A Pittsburgh summer is not complete without a visit to Kennywood! 

Hazelwood families spent an August day cooling off on the Pittsburgh Plunge, riding the roller coasters, carousel and winning cool prizes. Heading to Kennywood was a fun way for us to get together (after a six month excursion hiatus!) before school begins.

Hazelwood residents taking the Pittsburgh Plunge!

Public Art: Hazelwood Counts

AEU was awarded a mini-grant through Census 2020 and the Pittsburgh Foundation to tell the benefits of being counted as part of the Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, and Glenwood neighborhoods. We recorded a video featuring the stories of elders, the voices of youth, and shadow puppetry to illustrate the importance of the census.

Arts Excursions Unlimited presents Hazelwood Counts: a shadowy tale of numbers featuring Homer Craig

This short film will help you get to know Hazelwood resident, Homer Craig, and a little bit about the 2020 Census.

Homer Craig was born in 1939. He has been included in 8 censuses. That’s 80 years of making sure he is counted. This is important because the results of the census are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.

For more information about the census go to census.gov.

Public Art: Spartan Center Parklet

AEU worked with Hazelwood artist Dylan Rooke on an asphlat painting project and parking lot seating at the Spartan Center, a community center in Hazelwood.

The project also includes portraits taken by photography Heather Mull. Residents from the neighborhood sat for portraits at the AEU Satellite Studio. The portraits adorn the newly created parklet featuring words describing the residents and neighborhood.

Residents were also gifted a portrait to display at home.

Studio: Mask Making Workshop

AEU partnered on a Hazelwood Community Wellness Workshop to make masks with our neighbors.

For safety, the workshop was held on Zoom and each participant was given a kit to follow along including screen printed fabric with a message, thread, needle, pins and ties.

Public Art: Physical Distancing Scavenger Egg Hunt

We missed our creative Hazelwood families during COVID-19, so after much discussion and brainstorming and making, we launched the first ever Physical Distancing Scavenger Egg Hunt.

Large paper eggs were screen printed in the studio with questions about the coronavirus written on them. The eggs were posted throughout the neighborhood for residents to find and answer during their outdoor fitness time. Participants called crew member Joey with their answers which then became a ticket to get a special visit from the Social Distancing Rabbit!

Bunny on a motorcycle!

Special consideration: There are people in this video that shelter in place together so if they seem they might not be practicing six foot distancing safety do not get upset. Also, our youngest participant had some trouble with his mask staying on.