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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Creating A Steel City Arts District

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Creating A Steel City Arts District

May 1, 2017, 12:00 am

By successfully leveraging the arts as a catalyst for economic development, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust leads one of downtown Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy, downtrodden “red-light” district into a thriving, world-class destination for arts and entertainment.

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Founded in 1984 by H.J. “Jack” Heinz II, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the ongoing development and promotion of the Cultural District, a 14-block downtown neighborhood. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s unique and successful work model demonstrates how cultivating effective public private partnerships can transform a city with authenticity and creativity.

With a curatorial eye, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is creating a world-renowned Cultural District that is helping
to make Pittsburgh a great place to live, work and play. With support from foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of individuals, the Cultural Trust represents a national model of urban redevelopment.

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While other U.S. cities abandoned their respective downtowns for strip malls and big-box stores, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District instead preserved and built upon downtown’s historical foundation to create an authentic destination that annually attracts more than two million people of all ages to attend 1,500+ performances, exhibits, festivals and special events.

The Cultural District is home to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Heinz Hall, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, along with hundreds of smaller, local arts organizations and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School.

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