August Wilson Center
June 2—4
Various times

Get ready for three dynamic days and nights dedicated to artists whose work “affirms and projects the futures of people of African descent.”

The AWC Lab invites you to explore how artists use a range of disciplines —from digital media to ritual—as tools for “critical inquiry, critique, world-building and futurity.”

AWC Lab kicks off with a reception for The Iyapo Repository, a “library that exists in a nondescript future with a collection of art and artifacts.” Visitors can peruse “artifacts from the future” created in collaboration with artists and community groups and can make their own contributions to the repository.

Saturday also features workshops with Joy KMT, TechShop, BoXZY, PearlArts, the Institute for Plant Motivation and others. Don’t miss the keynote with mayoral candidates Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit) and Marita Garrett (Wilkinsburg), 1Hood Media CEO Celeste Smith, and artist Alisha B. Wormsley.

The celebration heats up at Saturday night’s Roots Pride showcase featuring performances by Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy, a tribute to ballroom culture and a community forum.

Head back Sunday for workshops, brunch, film screenings, youth hip-hop and more.

Daytime events are free; evening showcases are Pay What You Can.

View a schedule.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.