Allegheny HYP Club & Harvard Club of Western PA Lunch Lecture
Date(s) - 03/12/2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Pittsburgh’s latest Renaissance is perhaps best symbolized by the transformation of downtown Pittsburgh’s former blight into today’s stellar, world-class Cultural District. The formation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in 1984 was not a result of this Renaissance, rather it was the necessary catalyst and vehicle to make it happen.
Today’s Cultural District comprises a 14-square block area in downtown Pittsburgh. Unlike singular facility projects in other cities, “our” Cultural District is comprised of multiple theaters, galleries, parks, and other public spaces. Many people would not know that the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust manages more than one million square feet of property within the District! Most important, these properties make possible world-class performing and visual arts programming, ranging from Opera and Symphony to Broadway to family festivals. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thus one of our Region’s greatest assets!
Carol R. Brown was the founding President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Mrs. Brown was involved with the Heinz family and others in the early planning of this transformation of Pittsburgh’s downtown. Her talk will share many fascinating stories of this transformation and show many historic before-and-after photos.
Mrs. Brown earned a B.A. from Marquette University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She taught English at then Chatham College from 1959 to 1967. Immediately prior to the Trust she was the Director of the Allegheny County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. Mrs. Brown has received numerous awards throughout her career including Pittsburgh Woman of the Year, The Governor’s Award for Arts Leadership, and many more.
Price: $20 for members, $25 non-members
Includes entree, dessert, and beverage