There’s nothing we like better than getting an insider’s perspective of one of Pittsburgh’s many wonderful neighborhoods. On the weekend of September 9, we had the privilege of working with our partners, the City of Pittsburgh and the URA, to explore the neighborhood of Garfield in depth through NEXT 3 Days.

We went into Garfield knowing it would be a good time; we left having made friends for life, deeply impressed with the many residents who worked hard to make the event their own. Along the way we wrote about them: from homeowners tackling the renovation of old houses to a group working to help make more homeowners of low-income residents, to a guide to Garfield and those owning businesses on Penn, adding value in so many ways to the neighborhood. Not to mention this on the very impressive Garfield Gators (now our favorite team).

In case you missed it—some of you were at a Pitt game on Saturday?—we present NEXT 3 Days here in photos, from the electrifying performances of Level Up Studios and 1Hood Media to the smiling faces of the fiercely energetic Gators and Gatorettes and the many loving parents and others standing behind them.

A good time was had by all. We thank all the people of Garfield as well as our hard-working partners, the many volunteers, and Eileen French Jordan, Jack Bellas and Liz Juchno from Revive Marketing Group who somehow, miraculously, pulled it all together.

See you next year in Homewood for the NEXT 3 Days!

Glass artist Andrew Tischler of the Pittsburgh Glass Center working his flame on a hot and sunny day.
Attendees checking in at the NEXT 3 Days welcome booth. The Saturday event livened up the corner of Winebiddle Street and Penn Avenue.
City of Play at work. Make that play. Either way, they kept it lively.
At Alloy Studios for the Friday night kickoff party, watching the entertainment.
Idasa Tariq and Jacquea Mae from 1Hood Media wowed the crowd on Friday night.
1Hood’s Blak Rapp Madusa, whose name is an acronym for Making A Difference Using Skills and Activism, firing up the crowd Friday night.
1Hood’s Blak Rapp Madusa, whose name is an acronym for Making A Difference Using Skills and Activism, firing up the crowd Friday night.
Street play featuring a game of foams.
Street play featuring a game of foams.
Christin Thorp and Malachi Nibbs at Alloy Studios.
Connecting at the Friday night kickoff party.
Level Up Studios’ NBND performing at Alloy Studios as the crowd roared approval.
Level Up Studios’ NBND performing at Alloy Studios as the crowd roared approval.
Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art in front of his art car.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for phase one completion of Penn Avenue. A victory for the neighborhood.
The Obama Academy Marching Band was a big hit on Saturday.
The very talented Gatorettes strut their stuff during the Saturday event.
Gatorette Jayla Booker gets a henna tattoo from Jamilah Lahijuddin. That smile!
Pizza Poems PGH asked festival-goers to serve up a line of poetry to get a slice of pizza. Later they read the pizza poems from the stage which were good but not as good as the pizza.
Takara Canty of Boom Concepts painting reclaimed glass blocks with spray paint and acrylic.
Brogan McGowan with Stella and Cecilia Pugliano feeling just ducky.
Los Sabrosos Dance Co.’s Nicolette Pawlowski and Agustin Garcia showed us how it’s done.
Los Sabrosos Dance Co.’s Nicolette Pawlowski and Agustin Garcia showed us how it’s done.
Judges are enthralled watching the finalists from Level Up Studios compete on stage.
Level Up Studios dance off, the final act on Saturday, was a show-stopper.

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