University of Pittsburgh
August 22, 2007

PITT ARTS Kicks Off 10th Anniversary by Adding Senator John Heinz History Center to Its Free-Visits List

Program offers Pitt students free visits to six cultural venues and discounted cultural opportunities to Pitt faculty, staff, and students

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-This coming academic year, PITT ARTS will mark 10 years of connecting Pitt students to Pittsburgh's vibrant arts scene by adding another cultural venue offering free admission to Pitt part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students-the Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

Just by swiping their Pitt ID card at the admissions desk, Pitt students already have free access to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

"The opportunity for free visits to the John Heinz History Center rounds out the way students can engage the layers of history all around us-from the natural history represented at the Carnegie Museum, to the social and cultural history of Andy Warhol and his contemporaries, to the Heinz History Center's glimpse into our past through such offerings as the multimedia "Soul Soldiers" exhibition, which reveals the role African Americans played in the Vietnam War," says PITT ARTS director Annabelle Clippinger.

Other PITT ARTS events slated for the fall term include the successful on-campus performance lunch series Artful Wednesdays. Performing artists including the Joe Negri Trio, a quartet of cellists called Cellofourte, and spoken word artists from the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. A performance is scheduled from noon to

1 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Dec. 5, in the lower level of the William Pitt Union. PITT ARTS will provide a free lunch to those in attendance.

PITT ARTS also is partnering with six organizations in the cultural district for a series of Pitt Night events. Pitt students, faculty, and staff can pay a small fee for transportation to the performance, a dessert reception, and a chance to meet the performers. The first Pitt Night, Sept. 28, is for the opening night of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra season, featuring Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique." Other Pitt Nights will take patrons to the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Byham Theater.

For more information about PITT ARTS and its 10th anniversary season, visit www. or call PITT ARTS at 412-624-4498.