Archived Projects

Millvale Community Library

The Millvale Community Library is the first-ever public library in Millvale, Pennsylvania in Allegheny County.  The library provides a state-of-the-art library facility, and is the hub of programming for educational, occupational, and community-based support for the children and families of the Millvale area.

Our Vision… is for a happy, informed, and engaged Community.

Our Mission…More than a library — an agent for positive change.

Millvale Community Library is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Cultural Gumbo

The event that started it all, the Cultural Gumbo raised funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans) and Hurricane Ivan (Pittsburgh).  Multiple bands entertained in the Shadow Lounge, an original visual film and art auction in the Blue Room, and DJ sets in AVA. Funds were donated to Tipitina’s Foundation and North Hills Community Outreach.

Food Revolution Pittsburgh

Who We Are: At the 2012 One Young World Summit in Pittsburgh, Jamie Oliver challenged area thought-leaders to make our region healthier and more food conscious in 2013. In response, a group of local One Young World ambassadors from a variety of backgrounds and professions committed to working with representatives from the City of Pittsburgh, Let’s Move Pittsburgh, Whole Foods Market, UPMC Health Plan, Propel Schools, The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park/Bar Marco and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group/fitUnited to achieve a number of measureable goals in our communities.

Our Goals: Over the next year, One Young World ambassadors will collaborate to empower Pittsburgh families to starting cooking real food using wholesome and nutritious ingredients. In order to make this possible, we are engaging all public sectors — including schools, hospitals, local government, businesses and individuals — to improve:

1. Food access
2. Food education and resources in our communities
3. Food education in schools

Our ultimate aspiration, with the support of Jamie Oliver and our thought-leaders, is to show the world that we are capable of making healthy food compelling, widely available and affordable, while making a profound difference for those in the greatest need here at home.

Connect with Food Revolution Pittsburgh here

Farm Corps

FarmCorps was a project responsible for collaboratively developing and marketing interactive farm experiences while building a local agricultural workforce and cultivating future farmers. This amazing project was established to educate, train and give practice to students and volunteers interested in sustainable farming. Volunteers harvested okra, collard greens, and several varieties of beans, kale and mustard greens, all of which were crops requested by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Social Impact: 1400+ pounds of food produced and donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to assist in its effort to feed the hungry in our region. Thousands of hours educating, demonstrating, and volunteering to share the principles of sustainable and organic farming techniques.

Paper News: I Am the Printing Press

Welcome to “Paper News: I Am the Printing Press,” the eco-friendly, co-creative, curatorial project of Pittsburgh artist Sam Perry sponsored by area nonprofit, New Sun Rising. Its focus is authorship in public, private, sacred, and profane contexts and will include discussion groups, original art, a live improve news hour, and a monthly publication.

Welcome to SamSamland

Welcome to SamSamland: Don’t Wear Black to My Funeral is the capstone Senior project being curated by Grove City College Senior Sam Perry. This music, advocacy, film, performance art, and visual art event seeks to show the balance between mourning and celebrating life through the vein of the small and large traumas that all humans go through. All proceeds will benefit Pine Valley Camp and NAMI.

Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera

Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera is the creation of  Artistic Directors Bonnie Bogovich and Elizabeth Rishel, two Pittsburgh natives and Duquesne University alumni.  Between the two of them, they have a diverse background in performance, technology, stagecraft, video and theater production, composition, and education.

Pitcher Park Music Festival

This fundraising event for the construction of Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark drew hundreds of attendees and accepted donations in Vincent & Stephen Pitcher’s name.   Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark will give Boarders, Bladers, and Bikers,  a safe place to call their own so they can practice their sport of choice.  Construction is underway, to learn more, get involved, or donate to the construction of the park check out the photos and details on their website!

G.A.P.P. (Grant Avenue Pocket Park)

The Grant Avenue Pocket Park or G.A.P.P. began as an idea from two Millvale residents Brian Wolovich and Tricia George. Both the MBDC and Borough agreed to dedicate the land to a park in an attempt to spur Economic Revitalization in the Millvale Main Street District. The Borough and MBDC feel that the GAPP is a positive effort to provide a passive recreational area within the Main Street District on property that is not utilized.

New Sun Rising crafted a Grant to Community Connections an initiative of Pittsburgh 250 for $5,000 which was awarded to the GAPP project in December 2007.  Next, the Borough and MBDC applied to Allegheny County for a $10,000 Grant which was awarded in March 2008.   Allegheny County and The Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) provided additional funds to kick the project off. In 2009 ACED awarded Millvale an additional grant of $13,000 for a total award of $23,000.This formerly unused and neglected site is now a place for residents of Millvale to meet, relax, recreate, and appreciate as an early example of the new focus on energy and green initiatives in Millvale.

The Horizon Experience

For three years, The Horizon Experience brought together a diverse group of children aged 6-10, for three fun-filled days throughout each Summer.  The free program forged new friendships among the participants, as well as adult volunteers, and afforded positive experiences with people from different geographical and demographic backgrounds than themselves.

Events included tours to local farms, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Children’s Museum, Heinz Field, Phipps Conservatory, and RiverQuest.  In addition to the social and physical nature of the programs, each outing included educational and creative components in a safe, positive environment.

Unlisted: Second Steel

Unlisted: Second Steel works with local artists and scholars to look at “revitalization,” both as a term and urban phenomenon, and its relationship to issues of public space. Through community partnerships and forums, panels, and collaborative performance-making, the project will engage in a two-way dialogue with people who live in the greater Pittsburgh area, asking questions like: What does “revitalization” mean? How do we know when an area or city has been “revitalized”? What role can the arts and cross-sector partnerships play in this exploration?
Second Steel is part of Unlisted, a site-specific performance series that moves from city to city.

Read the Impact Statement for Unlisted: Second Steel