Mist emerges with an audible hiss from the vertical stainless steel poles of "Cloud Arbor," the new artwork by Ned Kahn in the redesigned Buhl Community Park on the North Side across from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. A delighted toddler runs toward it, to assess the wafting, San Francisco-like fog that collects and disperses every few minutes, and to join the small gaggle of tag-playing grade-schoolers for whom the fog seems to be It. more >
Tickets for Kids brings the region's neediest children to the region's greatest resources
Inside a red brick Victorian in Aspinwall, on computer hard drives and forms stacked high on the desks of the Tickets For Kids Foundation staff, opportunities are gathered daily that will transport the region's neediest children to places never seen and worlds never experienced. The Grand Lobby of Heinz Hall. A summer camp in the lush folds of the Laurel Highlands. The too-green-to-be-real outfield of PNC Park.more >
For those of us raising families in the 1970s and 1980s, Fred Rogers was that patient, soft-spoken gentleman who made extraordinary connections to our children on the same TV set that usually carried appallingly bad programming. Fred certainly was that wonderful television teacher, but he was much more. He was the genius behind the most powerful, beneficial programming ever created for children. He was also a technological innovator, a fearless crusader for higher broadcasting standards and an expert in child development and learning.
As the curtain rose on the last scene of “The Barber of Seville,” it grazed a table that had been placed too close to the front of the stage. A miniature cannon propped on the table fell with a clang. Everyone in the theater stopped. From his seat in the darkened Benedum Center, Pittsburgh Opera Director Christopher Hahn knit his brow. more >
As a Pittsburgh police commander, Gwen Elliott knew the struggles of girls in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. When she retired in 2002, she founded Gwen’s Girls, a nonprofit that would look out for them. But from the beginning, Elliott knew it needed to grow. more >
Armen Arevian hunched over his laptopin the Shadyside Starbucks. A joint Ph.D./M.D. neuroscience student at Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, he studies the sense of smell and nerve pathways by which the brain processes information.more >