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August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycles - The Plays of August Wilson

August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycles - The Plays of August Wilson | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
In the early 1980s, playwright August Wilson decided that he wanted to create a cycle of ten plays, one play for each decade. Collectively, they would become known as the Pittsburgh Cycle -- all but one take place in the city's Hills District. August Wilson's 10 play series is arguably one of the finest literary achievements in contemporary drama.
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While the Center is dedicated to August Wilson but not solely about him, many of the people trying to save it have referenced Wilson's plays. I've read Fences, and Chris Rawson also provided me with a copy of his book he co-wrote about Wilson's theater legacy. These brief rundowns of each of the plays have helped me to understand some of the references my sources make -- some of my sources are even former actors or theatergoers themselves. 

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August Wilson Center awaits suitors as deadline nears

August Wilson Center awaits suitors as deadline nears | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
With less than a week to go before the deadline, there's no mad dash to buy the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture. In fact, Judith Fitzgerald, the court-appointed conservator charged with selling the Downtown center, has yet to receive one formal offer for the $40 million building despite its prime location on Liberty Avenue about a block from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. "There are several organizations that have expressed interest, but we don't have anything in writing so I don't know how to judge that," she said. Ms. Fitzgerald, a former bankruptcy judge, has set a March 31 deadline for buyers to submit preliminary offers or term sheet proposals for the building, which is being sold to pay off a $7 million mortgage and other outstanding debt.
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This is the latest news coverage of the status of the August Wilson Center, which still has not drawn any viable prospective buyers. I've been concerned about the March 31 deadline set by conservator Judith Fitzgerald, but she seems willing to extend the deadline. Moreover, I've already considered shifting my focus to the deeper messages and issues behind the Center's failure rather than simply focusing on the movement to save it.

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This map gives me a spatial perspective of the various neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. From speaking with sources, I've learned that crossing some boundaries is not an option for members of certain communities.

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The rise and fall of the August Wilson Center

The rise and fall of the August Wilson Center | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture had so much promise. The organization dreamed big, staged provocative programs and sold out shows. It also alienated allies, changed its vision and failed to raise the funds necessary to even heat the building. The center's downward slide culminated in January with a court order to liquidate its dwindling assets. It was not yet five years old. How the August Wilson Center came to this point is a hard lesson in poor management meeting bad luck. The messy cocktail left the center's promise unfulfilled. Initial visions The 65,000-square-foot center in Downtown's Cultural District contains a 486-seat theater, galleries and several multipurpose rooms, but the hope of opening a center in Pittsburgh dedicated to African-American culture far
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This article is a great summation of the administrative failures that were the root causes of the failure of the August Wilson Center. Plus, calling the situation a "messy cocktail" was also intriguing. The last section of this PG article is the area I'd like to expand on in my own work, which will examine such issues like the black community in Pittsburgh, placement of the Center Downtown and the use of arts to combat crime amongst youth. 

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Save the August Wilson Center Town Hall Meeting 2-8-14

Save the August Wilson Center! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Black-History-In-Pittsburgh-Save-The-August-Wilson-Center/251169371710588?fref...
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This page is one of the most widely used, curated efforts on social media to save the August Wilson Center. Various community members — including those who have involvement with the Youth Empowerment Council, a key party looking to champion efforts to rescue the center — post about events and other news articles they feel represent the treatment of the black community in urban areas.

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August Wilson Center - Sean Jones & Thomas Wendt

As a special promotion for the August Wilson Center's season opening presentation of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Sean Jones (trumpeter and artistic direct...
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This video gives me an idea of the lively, vibrant side of the August Wilson Center that many of the community members remember. It was a place for art, music and even weddings, and much of the media coverage has failed to recall that.

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August Wilson Center (AWC_Pittsburgh) on Twitter

August Wilson Center (AWC_Pittsburgh) on Twitter | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
The latest from August Wilson Center (@AWC_Pittsburgh). Culture, Performances, Art, Education--At The Center Of It All. Downtown Pittsburgh, PA
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The Twitter page for the August Wilson Center hasn't been updated since October, which is when its financial issues became a hot topic in the media. This feed provides me with some insight on the activities and events that went on there, and the people with whom the operator of the account chose to interact.

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American FactFinder - Results  

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This U.S. Census Bureau Data gives me some insight on the race and socioeconomic status of Pittsburgh's residents. It will help when evaluating the social pull of each various group at stake in my project.

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Welcome to B-PEP

Welcome to B-PEP | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
B-PEP
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The Black Political Empowerment Project seeks to increase the influence of the African American community of PIttsburgh. The project's leader visited the town meeting on Feb. 8, and I've also spoken with him before about an article on Mayor Peduto's inauguration. B-PEP is one party that tries to work through elements like religion and education to bring the black community to what it feels needs to be a higher social status in Pittsburgh, especially in such neighborhoods as the Hill District and Homewood.

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Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center?

Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center? | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
The August Wilson Center opened in 2009 as a hub for African-American culture. Now it's up for sale, unable to pay its bills, and some wonder why the Center has been allowed to fail.

Via Reginald Shipman
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This sound clip explores some of the politics behind the Center's downfall with Sala Udin, a longtime Pittsburgher and former City Councilman. Udin is a source who I hope to speak with for this project because of his political influence and perspective on why the City Council may not be capable of saving the Center.

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Pittsburgh schools could face $10M more in cuts

Pittsburgh schools could face $10M more in cuts | August Wilson Center | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh Public Schools are bracing for as much as $10 million to $13 million in spending cuts in a third round of budget initiatives.

Via Jennifer Carpenter
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Many parties have noticed that no one has stepped up to save the August Wilson Center at least to the level that reflects progress. The PIttsburgh Public Schools has spoken up about stepping in to save the center. But in this case, just another financial source bit the dust.

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