Excursion 21: Summit Against Racism

A day of workshops, art, performances, education, sharing, and engaging on a wide variety of topics related to race. In it’s 19th year this powerful conference is for everyone.

Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Date: Saturday January 21, 2017

Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm



Excursion No. 20: Fallingwater

We focused on architecture and nature with a visit to Fallingwaterone of the most famous houses in the United States designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. We started with a guided tour of the house then enjoyed a delicious meal at the cafe. After lunched we learned about the surrounding woods, plants, and animals.

Special thanks to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

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Excursion No. 11: Libraries

The Latino Family Center and Arts Excursions Unlimited joined forces for a day of library tours throughout the region. We visited four distinct libraries each with their own specialties and resources. Our day began at CLP-Downtown with an introduction to the business and career resources available at this branch. We met up with our bus and headed over to Oakland for an in depth tour of the Main Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. There are an abundance of programs, resources, archives, and collections at this multistory location. Then we headed to the Mon Valley to visit the dynamic and art centric headquarters of the Braddock Carnegie Library which just happens to be the very first library Andrew Carnegie built in the U.S. Our last stop took us across the Monongahela River to the Carnegie of Homestead Library that has a fitness center, swimming pool, and theater.

English with Spanish translation.

Depart from CLP – Downtown, 612 Smithfield Street

Location 1: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown

Location 2: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main 

Location 3: Braddock Carnegie Library

Location 4: Carnegie of Homestead

Date: Friday, July 29, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm


Excursion No. 10: Grow

How does urban food and plant production sustain us, impact community development, and contribute to the economic vitality of people and neighborhoods? We explored several models of small and large scale agricultural production in Manchester. We toured the professional greenhouses of the Drew Mathieson Center and make a hydroponic vessel out of a soda bottle. Then we met up with students from the Manchester Academic Charter School for a tour and presentation of their garden. Our last stop was Manchester Farms, a large community garden.

Location 1: Drew Mathieson Center

Location 2: Airplane Garden of the Manchester Academic Charter School

Location 3: Manchester Farms

Date: July 16, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 4:00 pm


Excursion No. 9: Ink & Clay

The BCL Arts and Culture Facilitator was our guide to the Art Lending Collection, the Puppet Collection, the Neighborhood Print Shop, and the Bath House Ceramic Studio. We screen printed a two-color poster for the Hazelwood YMCA Easter Celebration and designed ceramic tiles during our afternoon of art making at the Braddock Carnegie Library.

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Excursion No. 8: Skin

We joined in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Skin I’m In by author Sharon Flake at CLP-Homewood with a staged reading of a new play based on the book. The Skin I’m In is a realistic fiction novel published by Hyperion Books. It depicts the story of seventh grader Maleeka Madison who has low self-esteem because of her dark skin color. All participants received a copy of the book.


Excursion No. 7: Light

AEU, Hazelwood Active Living Center, and POORLAW hosted a Seniors only excursion to the Studio for Creative Inquiry for a dinner and presentation by Conflict Kitchen. Our Persian meal was followed by a night time stroll through the Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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Excursion No. 10: Pittsburgh Past, City Future

Urban design, community development, architecture, photography, and history are the topics we will examine in the Pennsylvania Room of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main and the Carnegie Museum of Art. What can we imagine and implement in our neighborhood? What have been the prior redevelopment strategies in the city? How do residents and community groups shape the place they live? Spend the day with your family and neighbors exploring these topics.

Location 1: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main

Location 2: Carnegie Museum of Art

Date: March 19, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm


Excursion No. 6: Red

The first live theater excursion was to Heinz Hall for a matinee performance of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical based on the 1960s animated television show . This popular holiday story reminded us that what makes us different also makes us special. A surprise guest (with a white beard and red suit) met us at the City County Building.


Excursion No. 5: JOHN CON

Artist John Regeirt led a portrait workshop at Space Gallery. He passed on some of his drawing secrets and ended the session by inviting us to draw a portrait of him to be included in an exhibition organized by Brett Yasko. We meet up with Renee Piechocki of the Office of Public Art who took us on a tour which landed us on the roof of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Our last stop was Wood Street Galleries for a special viewing of a slow motion Spiderman invading a family portrait.


Excursion No. 4: Flux

The emphasis of the FLUX excursion is change. Change in the landscape, city, and representation. We investigated the theme at two locations and met up with four local artists. Each participant was given a disposable camera to photograph their experience. We collected the cameras at the end of the day, processed the film, and awarded three cash prizes for the top three photographs.

Location 1: Silver Eye Center for Photography viewed and discussed the exhibition, Dandy Lion (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity Location 2 : Carrie Furnace and Alloy Pittsburgh tour with artists Rose Clancy, Liz Hammond, Sarika Goulatia, and Ricardo Robinson


Excursion No. 3: Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob

We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob in the beautiful Laurel Highlands located 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Fallingwater was built in 1935 and is one of the most significant architectural pieces of the 20th century. We had a 60 minute guided tour of the house, guest house, and garage.

Just down the road is Kentuck Knob, also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We had a 40 minute guided tour of the house. There was also a sculpture garden on the grounds with works by Claes Oldenburg, Andy Goldsworthy, and other world renowned artists.


Excursion No. 2: Pittsburgh Hollywood

Pittsburgh is sometimes called Hollywood of the East at least by industry insiders and this was our chance to be one for a day. Artist, Alexis Gideon joined us at the library to present his stop motion animated films. Gideon writes, scores, directs, and performs each of his films live. He shared his process and movies before we departed.

At 11:00am we boarded the bus for the Official Film Office Movie Tour, a three hour behind the scenes visit to locations where movies such as the Dark Knight, Flashdance, and Inspector Gadget were shot. We went up the Duquesne Incline, enjoyed snacks, and watched a few scenes from movies filmed in Pittsburgh.

Our last stop was the studio of WQED. We learned the history of WQED as we toured the WQED-FM 89.3 studio, the Fred Rogers Studio, Studios B and C, the HD Sony Master Control Room, and hung out with Rick Sebak.


Excursion No. 1: Play in Pittsburgh

We met with experts in the field of play to explore, analyze, and discuss the history and importance of playgrounds in the region. We visited the “Blue Slide Park” with Ernie Detorre and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy; Frick Park Playground at Braddock and Forbes Avenue with Dick Wilford, Park Foreman; Ferguson Park in Wilkinsburg with Patrick Shattuck; and toured Randyland with Randy Gilson. At each stop we considered the formal, conceptual, experiential, and community facets of each location.