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.
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. Here is our progress to date:
- April – 100 test kits were distributed to families in Carnegie, PA through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWP).
- May – 100+ Journal kits were distributed during lunch pickup to elementary school students in the Brentwood Borough School District.
– 90 test kits were distributed to families in Pittsburgh through BGCWP.
- June – 200 Kentucky Coffee Tree Kits from Tree Pittsburgh were distributed to families in Pittsburgh through BGCWP.
– 100 Yarn Butterfly kits were distributed to Pittsburgh families through Hello Neighbor.
- July – 200 Paper Themed kits AND 200 Fiber Themed kits are in process for distribution in Pittsburgh through Club on The Go, a project of BGCWP.
– 50 Paper Themed kits and 50 Fiber Themed kits are are in process for distribution to predominately immigrant families in Pittsburgh through South Hills Interfaith Mission (SHIM)
TOTAL NUMBER OF KITS TO BE DELIVERED BY END OF JULY 2020 = 1,090
And now WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Art4AllPGH is looking for community partners LIKE YOU to create and distribute easily replicated craft kits.
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Supports Black Lives Matter
The Artsmiths staff and board of directors stand in solidarity with our friends and neighbors
in the Black community. We are deeply saddened to see unjust, senseless and brutal deaths
of Black Americans. While it is impossible to encapsulate everything we are feeling,
we hope everyone uses this time to reflect, learn, listen and act. We know that if we
come together, we can do better as a nation.
As artists we are a part of a very diverse and deeply creative community. Throughout history, artists have challenged societies by speaking through art. It is our sincere hope that each one of you will work to find a new and creative way to heal this divide, one step at a time.
Artsmiths will continue to serve the black community through children engaged in Art4Allpgh. However, we will seek to do more. We are committed to expanding our artist base in the black community through targeted outreach and we will embark on a mission to diversify our board in the coming year.
Our New Online Gallery Shop is Now Open!
You can check it out by clicking below
or using the Shop tab in our menu.
Our Carnegie Space has Reopened!
We are open for business at our Carnegie Shop at 329 E. Main St.
Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
Customers will be allowed to enter the shop 6 at time long as
you are wearing a mask and do not have any virus symptoms.
You can always shop our new online store and use curbside pickup during
these operating hours.
PLEASE CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ARTSMITHSPGH FOR THE MOST CURRENT STATUS WHICH WILL DEPEND ON LOCAL CONDITIONS.
Hope you are all safe and we will see you 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!
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.”