Arts in Park

The City’s Arts in the Park program is made possible by the RADical ImPAct Grant, which was launched in celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 25th anniversary. 

The Arts in the Park program intends to fund bold, forward-looking, creative projects that will have a radical impact on the region; see https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks  for more info.  The two artists selected to create pieces for Highland Park will join the HPCC Community Meeting on Sept 16 to share their past work and get input from you!  The artists selected for Highland Park are:

  • Marlana Adele Vassar:   Marlana Adele Vassar is a Pittsburgh artist exploring ways to share her art that will enhance the City. She has 15 years of experience across a variety of mediums and her current focus is on creating distinctive public art with a balance of style and substance. Her artistic philosophy is “art is everywhere, and the ordinary has the potential to be extraordinary.”  Marlana’s website is here: https://marlana.me/ and you can provide her feedback here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/marlana-adele-vassar
  • The Urban Conga:   The Urban Conga is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. They are made up of a diverse group of creatives focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play. They achieve this by putting the community first in the design process by hosting a series of participatory design workshops to develop multiple concepts for the artwork. The workshops arwill be focused on sparking a playful dialog around the past, present, and future of Highland Park. They will be starting this dialog at the next council meeting on Sept 16th and will be hosting a workshop at the park on Sept 18th (details coming soon). The Urban Conga’s website is here:  http://www.theurbanconga.com/ and you can provide them feedback here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/urban-conga

CHANGE IN VENUE for tonight’s HPCC Community Meeting, 7 pm on ZOOM

Hi Neighbors!


Because of the relatively high chance of rain and the fact that we have two presentations – including one that is time sensitive – tonight’s community meeting will be held on Zoom instead of in person. You can pre register at:


https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdeuupj0tHtDJew6Z5Dbkz-CYGOioUIAR

In addition to updates from Zone 5 and the HPCC, the agenda includes: 

  • View the plans for the Highland Park historic stone bridge reconstruction.  Representatives from the City’s Department of Public Works will discuss the anticipated construction schedule and new public art created as a part of this project. It will be a straightforward masonry restoration to the Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel with necessary improvements to the street and stormwater infrastructure that surrounds it; DPW intends to preserve the historic character of this structure for future generations.
  • Meet Marlana Adele Vassar, a Highland Park-based artist and University of Pittsburgh alum who is one of two artists selected to create a new installation in Highland Park. Largely self-taught as an artist, Vassar’s philosophy of balancing style and substance has attracted a diverse audience to her work. She weaves symbolism, surrealism and rich storytelling into figures and patterns, resulting in works that are personal yet open to interpretation. She will be coming to share her art and begin collecting input from the community as she begins to design the new piece for the park.

HPCC Community Meeting

Thursday, August 19, 7 pm

Zoom

HPCC August Community Meeting at the Parklet

Hello Neighbors!
Next week – Thursday Aug 19, 7pm  – the HPCC is having a very special community meeting:   

  • View the plans for the Highland Park historic stone bridge reconstruction.  Representatives from the City’s Department of Public Works will discuss the anticipated construction schedule and new public art created as a part of this project. It will be a straightforward masonry restoration to the Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel with necessary improvements to the street and stormwater infrastructure that surrounds it; DPW intends to preserve the historic character of this structure for future generations.
  • Meet Marlana Adele Vassar, a Highland Park-based artist and University of Pittsburgh alum who is one of two artists selected to create a new installation in Highland Park. Largely self-taught as an artist, Vassar’s philosophy of balancing style and substance has attracted a diverse audience to her work. She weaves symbolism, surrealism and rich storytelling into figures and patterns, resulting in works that are personal yet open to interpretation. She will be coming to share her art and begin collecting input from the community as she begins to design the new piece for the park.
  • See you neighbors, enjoy treats, and win prizes!  We will take advantage of the nice weather and celebrate the HPCC’s new lease of the Bryant Street Parklet by meeting at the parklet! There will be refreshments and door prizes donated by our neighborhood businesses.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting on the grass.

HPCC Community Meeting

Thursday, August 19, 7 pm

Bryant Street Parklet:  Bryant Street & N. Euclid

We look forward to seeing you! 

July 25 Porch Concerts – 7 – 8 P.M.

We are happy to once again welcome the performer (s) for our final Porch Concert of the Summer, 2021 series,


Jonathan Callard and Friends

  • 5811 Stanton Avenue
  • Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres.
  • http://www.jonathancallard.com/blog

Jonathan performed at our very first Porch Concert in the Summer of 2020. Sunday, he will be completing the circle!

So, come on down to Stanton Avenue to sing out the Porch Concerts with your friends and neighbors!