This article is part of our Member Blog Series, which showcases Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative Members' efforts and commitment to ensure that play is a critical element in the lives of people of all ages. Each month, a different member organization will share their take on how play is a part of the work they do. The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative hopes that these stories of play from our diverse set of member organizations will encourage and inspire leaders in communities, businesses, schools and families to prioritize play every day.
A play space isn’t necessarily composed of slides and swings, and it does not need to just be for children. Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District offers a creative playground for people of all ages and backgrounds. With festivals, workshops, performances, and gallery spaces that highlight world-class art and cultural activities, everyone is able to learn, connect with their community, and grow through play.
Let your mind wander to far off places in the past, present or future in a show-stopping Broadway musical. Challenge your beliefs and perceptions while you engage in thoughtful dialogue at an exhibit, tap your toes at a late night jam session, and sing along with your favorite characters in a Children’s Theater Series performance. Students and community members can even refine their skills and further their education by engaging with professional touring artists at an ArtsMasters Workshop. The opportunities for creative submersion are endless!
In-line with the mission of The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, which ‘is dedicated to advancing the importance of play in the lives of children, families and communities in the Pittsburgh region,’ the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust believes in the significance of play and stands as a voice for art-lovers everywhere.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has hosted a multitude of inventive playgrounds for hundreds of artists and millions of people. By cultivating Pittsburgh’s largest art neighborhood, the organization has fostered innovation, authenticity, and creativity for those who seek to explore and play in its spaces.
With dance, theater, visual arts, and more, young and old can experience the wonder and joy that our community can provide.
Take a walk through downtown Pittsburgh, and find your creative playground.
Two upcoming events that are free and open to the public include:
Benny Benack III: The Holiday Session on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 @ 5pm
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District on Friday, January 20, 2017 starting at 5:30pm