Before February is over, take in some more Black History Month-inspired programming.

Then look ahead to March, for an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day bash or spring-themed art classes.

Details on those and other arts and educational opportunities are here, in this week’s Big List.


• Where are they?: Carnegie Museum of Art will conclude Black History Month programming with an online panel discussion entitled “In Conversation: Where are the Black Makers, Artists, and Designers?,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Makers and designers will talk about the work, challenges and importance of creating accessible entry points and visibility for Black creatives.

Zoom link for the pay-what-you-wish program will be emailed upon registration at

• Landscape with lamb: Teens and adults can make a collage landscape with a lamb during a March 10 virtual Pop-Up Studio session offered by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. No art experience is needed. A materials kit is included with registration; cost is $15 to pick it up at the museum, or $23 to have it mailed.

To register by Feb. 24, call 888-718-4253 or visit

• Spring classes: Greensburg Art Center has announced its schedule of spring classes. Topics include drawing, watercolor, oils, printmaking, ceramics, mosaics and art history. Fees vary. Class sizes are limited; masks are required in the building.

Details: 724-837-6791 or

• Billboards and photos: Two exhibitions are showing in the Seton Hill Arts Center in downtown Greensburg. The Diversity Billboard Art Project is on display through Feb. 27 in the Harlan Gallery, while “A Photogram Toy Story,” a solo exhibition by faculty member Barry Reeger, is in the Jodee Harris Gallery through Feb. 28.

Although the galleries are not open to walk-ins, visits can be arranged by contacting gallery director Todd Keyser at [email protected]

• Public art projects: Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations to support arts-related projects and activities that will benefit county residents. Eligible projects may involve music, theater, dance, puppetry and other performing and visual arts. Virtual arts-related projects also will be accepted.

Projects must take place from June 1-Dec. 31. Applicants should be familiar with all criteria before submitting. Deadline is March 30.

Details: 724-830-3950 or

• Artist grants: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is taking applications for Teaching Artist Opportunity Grants to help teaching artists in Southwestern Pennsylvania acquire new skills to improve their work as educators. Grants range from $250-$2,000. Application deadline is April 12.



• Reality and roast: Upcoming online shows from Arcade Comedy Theater include:

• An American Roast, 9 p.m. Friday on YouTube. The roast game show will poke fun at the nation’s history.

• The Latchkey Kids: Reality Still Bites, 9 p.m. Saturday on YouTube Live. The monthly Arcade improv show will be an ally-production of Black History Month with special guests, musicians and improv inspired by the 1990s.



• Sky’s the limit: Pittsburgh writer and skyscraper tour guide Mark Houser will give a Zoom lecture on “America’s Best Antique Skyscrapers” at 6 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Houser will share his own photos of Beaux-Arts features of high-rises around the country, along with details about the early millionaires who commissioned them.

Fee is $5. Register at

• Happy birthday, George: Fort Ligonier is planning a birthday roast of George Washington during a virtual Tipsy History event at 7 p.m. Friday. Fort staffers Erica Nuckles and Matt Gault will present humorous stories appropriate for mature audiences.

Zoom link is $10 with registration at

Holiday happenings

• St. Paddy’s party: Good Taste Pittsburgh will host an online Shamrock Shindig at 6:30 p.m. March 12, broadcasting from Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Event will include music, storytelling, baking session, videos, reels, jigs and shenanigans.

The $45 ticket includes a party kit with libations, snacks, customized beer glass and ticket to the Pittsburgh Irish Festival in September.


Kids’ stuff

• Make some art: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art plans these Children’s Saturday Studio sessions for ages 7-10:

• Lucky Leprechaun sculpture, 9:30 a.m. March 10. Registration deadline is Saturday.

• Paint a Cartoon Animal, 9:30 a.m. March 20. Registration deadline is March 6.

A materials kit is included with registration; cost is $15 to pick it up at the museum, or $23 to have it mailed.

Registration: 888-718-4253 or

• Music education: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering Virtual Schooltime, a series of three units of music education for students in grades PreK-6, and an additional unit for students in grades 6-12. Units combine performances by PSO musicians and guest artists, and supplementary resources.

Each unit will be made available free to educators through a closed online platform hosted on the PSO website, Registration is required.


• It’s amazing: Monday Night Magic: Live Online wraps up its Black History Month celebration at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 with performances by Eric Jones and The Evasons, co-presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Liberty Magic series.

For tickets, visit


• Live on stage: The Tim Vitullo Band will play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Greensburg’s The Palace Theatre, as part of the weekly VIP Experience livestream concert series. The free concert will stream on The Palace Theatre and Westmoreland Cultural Trust Facebook pages.


• Jazz series: MCG Jazz is streaming the 85th birthday celebration of jazz musician Freddy Cole, featuring his band and special guests Joel Frahm on saxophone and vocalist Nnenna Freelon, as part of its online spring concert series. The concert, recorded in 2016, is available through Feb. 25.



• Writers read: The University of Pittsburgh will host a virtual author reading at 8 p.m. Feb. 25, featuring memoirist/spoken word artist Brian Broome; Syrian short-short story author Osama Alomar; poet, playwright and oral historian Kelli Stevens Kane; poet Rich Gegick; and Pitt-Greensburg senior Colin Cavada. The session is part of the The spring 2021 Voices: Celebrating the Beauty and Diversity of America’s Literary Landscape series.

Register here for the Zoom session.


• New works: The last piece in Pittsburgh CLO’s series of “Songs for a New Year” will debut at 5 p.m. Thursday on the organization’s Facebook and YouTube pages. “No More Soggy Bottoms” features music and lyrics by Rona Siddiqui, with choreography by James Washington Manning


• Romeo reimagined: Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Public PlayTime will stream a reading of “Romeo N Juliet,” a reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story amidst feuding African American and Black Immigrant communities. Resident Director Justin Emeka’s retelling retains the original language and story, while centering on Black culture and characters for modern audiences.

Streaming begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues through Feb. 21. Donations for access start at $10.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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