Need something to do this weekend but overwhelmed by all of the events going on in the city? Look no further than these Twitter feeds for some of the latest, greatest, trendiest information happenings in the art scene in Pittsburgh. Follow these five artists, art enthusiasts and museum and non-profit staffers to see why Pittsburgh is known as an up-and-coming city in the world of art.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council prides itself on bringing art to as many Pittsburghers as possible. “Arts Loud And Clear” is this organization’s motto and the very active Twitter page that the GPAC maintains proves just how into the art scene this group is. The GPAC not only promotes local artist events, it also works as a very loud advocate for the arts when it comes to political policy making and funding. The group even travels to DC yearly for National Arts Advocacy Day to advocate for funding for arts projects in Pittsburgh. Follow @PGHArtsCouncil to get the latest information on political advocacy, Pittsburgh art and artists in the news, art shows and even postings about classes for aspiring artists.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to downtown’s Cultural District that’s full of theaters, galleries and public art displays. For over 20 years, the Cultural Trust has not only drawn attention to Pittsburgh’s art scene, it has engaged the community by providing educational classes. Follow the Twitter feed for up-to-date information about all of the best shows and exhibits currently open. The feed is run by staffers of the organization and contests are held occasionally to give followers a chance to win free admission to various art happenings.
With a tagline of “Involve – Educate – Activate,” Treading Art is run by two women – Christine Smith and Melissa LuVisi – with marketing and public engagement experience with the goal of being Pittsburgh’s resource for cultural information and events. Treading Art tweets will keep Twitter fans in the know with everything from educational classes around the area, gallery events and the occasional inspirational quote to get followers’ creative juices following. Treading Art’s tweets also encourage people who might be struggling artists to sign up for co-ops and mentorship programs. If you get behind on reading Treading Art’s tweets, catch up by signing up for Weekend Treadings, a weekly email delivered just in time to help fill your weekend calendar with all things art.
Following Pittsburgher Mundania Horvath on Twitter is like a two-for-one deal: she tweets about art happenings and is an artist herself. Ms. Horvath is both an illustrator and graphic designer who shares her work and the work of her favorite artists, designers, architects and crafters in the city. Tweets routinely include pictures of her own work and links to her blog where she highlights her trips to artist studios around the area to help spread the word about the local art scene. The best part of following this artist is all of the contagious fangirl love and enthusiasm her tweets exude for art and design in Pittsburgh.
Andy Warhol Museum
The Andy Warhol Museum is a comprehensive single-artist museum, but one look at the museum’s Twitter feed shows that this museum is run by a staff that is in love with Pittsburgh and all of its other artists too. The comings and goings of other artists at the museum are highlighted and sprinklings of trivia about Warhol hashtaged by #LittleKNownFact are common in this Twitter feed that is constantly updated. Follow this feed for giveaways, information about becoming a member of the museum and sneak peaks about new exhibits opening up.
Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com. Her work can be found at Twodaymag.com.