August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Named after Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Pittsburgh Native, the August Wilson Center opened in 2009. The center is dedicated to housing the creative work of the African American community within Western Pennsylvania. The center presents performing and visual arts programs and features galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theater, gift shop, café, and numerous multi-use spaces. It also spotlights numerous special events and rotating exhibits.
Backstory and Context
The museum houses a variety of art forms, from traditional visual artwork to the performing arts. The museum does its very best to fulfill "its mission of preserving, presenting, interpreting, celebrating and shaping the art, culture and history of African Americans utilizing the rich history, legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania as a foundation."
As of 2012, the museum has suffered financially and was sold in 2014 to a nonprofit group that includes the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.