What began with a conversation between Kate McGrady (Artsmiths of Pittsburgh executive director) and Tricia Brancolini-Foley (Handmade Arcade executive director) has become a fun and creative way to get art and making into children’s hands during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Feeling a deep sense of loss in their creative worlds as social distancing, closed businesses and schools, and canceled events became the new normal, Kate and Tricia decided to start the Art4All Pittsburgh movement where volunteers can create craft kits which will be distributed through organizations that are serving lunches or working with kids.Together, Kate and Tricia designed craft kits and safety procedures that can be easily be replicated, created and distributed by others in the community.On April 15, the first 100 kits were distributed to families in Carnegie, PA through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.On May 4, more than 100 journal kits were distributed during lunch pickup to elementary school students in the Brentwood Borough School District
And now WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Art4All is looking for community partners LIKE YOU to create and distribute easily replicated craft kits.
For detailed information on how you can help by:
BECOMING A KIT MAKER,
DONATING KIT SUPPLIES,
MAKING A MONETARY DONATION,
OR STARTING YOUR OWN ART4ALL COMMUNITY,
Gift Cards Now Available for Purchase!
Of course, we are looking forward to the reopening of our shop, gallery and classroom, but we are also working on our new online store! We expect a small curated version of our shop to open soon. Currently the only thing available online is our digital gift cards. You can purchase them for yourself or others and look forward to all the great things Artsmiths has to offer.
Just click here to go to our online shop.
Hope you are all staying safe and healthy!
Artsmiths is Temporarily Closed to Keep Everyone Safe.
Beginning Sunday, March 15th, we have decided to temporarily close Artsmiths. Although we are encouraged that Western Pennsylvania only has a few cases of coronavirus, it is time for all of us to do everything in our lives to protect one another. We have a few tips to get through it all:
- Stay home and stay safe whenever possible.
- Observe social distancing, proper handwashing and sanitizing habits, and be aware of those around you.
- Connect with family, friends and neighbors by making a call to check in with them regularly.
- Use the opportunity of increased free time to engage with art. If you have supplies that have been languishing in your closet or spare room, get them out and get those creative juices flowing. It’s a wonderful distraction and can create a more positive mood.
We will keep you posted and try to come up with additional ideas to keep you busy.
Best wishes to all and stay safe and healthy!
Artsmiths has moved to Carnegie!
Our new home at 329 E. Main St. in Carnegie PA is only 3 miles from our previous location. We are now on a historic Main Street in a town full of character and charm. We still have a fantastic store full of handmade products but we now have a large dedicated classroom on the same floor! We are also part of a vibrant and energetic Business Owner’s Association which is continually planning new and exciting events for you, your family and friends! Our Spring Classes are being added daily. For our most up to date schedule, go to https://artsmithspgh.org/education/spring-classes-2020/
We hope you will have a chance to visit soon!
As soon as we come up with a way for you to take classes safely, we hope to engage with you in Learn to Mosaic, Enamel Jewelry, Intro to Embroidery, Hammered Metal Jewelry, Beginning Watercolor and more!
New Website Coming Soon!
Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
Arts and Cultural Center
We are 501c3 nonprofit arts education organization located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We offer a wide variety of high quality classes in many mediums taught by creative and kind individuals. We also offer a rotating exhibit gallery and a large gallery shop featuring handmade work by local artists. When you purchase our products you receive high quality art, you support local artists and you support local art education.
It’s a Win, Win, Win!!!
“THE TRUE PURPOSE OF ARTS EDUCATION IS NOT NECESSARILY TO CREATE MORE PROFESSIONALS DANCERS AND ARTISTS. (IT’S) TO CREATE MORE COMPLETE HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE CRITICAL THINKERS, WHO HAVE CURIOUS MINDS, WHO CAN LEAD PRODUCTIVE LIVES.”