Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center

August 29
Noon – 9:30 p.m.

Nine hours, one neighborhood and lots of art.

Food City Garden project on Tripoli St.

Pittsburgh’s newest contemporary art center—Neu Kirche—invites the public to mark its official grand opening in Deutschtown during a daylong celebration packed with all-ages activities, performances and events. Animating the historic Northside neighborhood from noon until 9:30 p.m., the free event also introduces the public to Neu Kirche’s 2015 public art initiatives.

The opening celebration will spotlight two special projects spearheaded by Neu Kirche that feature work by contemporary artists Jesse Kauppila, Scott Bye, May Wilson, Michael Koliner, Tom Sarver, Sarika Goulatia, Nicole Anderson, Anika Hirt, Georgina Brett and Hannah Thompson.

Visitors can visit Fallow Ground for Sculpture, a community-based urban regeneration project taking place in vacant land located in East Deutschtown. Also showcased will be Neu City, a public educational project developed in partnership with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Food City Garden program that combines urban farming with contemporary art installations. Both projects highlight the cultural vitality of the Northside, how public art can bring communities together and the benefits of cultural and social exchange.

Saturday will kick off at noon with a walking tour to the two public art projects accompanied by live music from Colonel Eagleburger’s High Stepping Goodtime Band. The celebration continues with a range of activities, including a gallery exhibition, walking tours, outdoor yoga, artist performances, musical entertainment, food trucks and more.

Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center.

Highlights include a documentary film screening by New York artist Eric Barry Drasin, live music by New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Alexandra Hannah, audio visual art by Nathan Lorenzo (VJ/DJ Nate Cake) and a movement performance by local artist Hannah Thompson.

Ever wonder what it takes to make epic art? Don’t miss the chance to see artist Tom Sarver’s “Art Olympics” featuring live art production as it happens. Watch as three teams of Pittsburgh artists compete over two hours to build winning sculptures out of found objects and discarded materials. Inspired by game shows, reality TV and arena sports, the high-energy event will provide attendees with an exciting up-close look at the creative process as it unfolds. The Art Olympics will take place at 824-826 Spring Garden Ave. from 4 to 7 p.m.

Located in a previously abandoned historic church on the corner of Tripoli St. and Madison Ave., the 5,000-square-foot Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is a community focused nonprofit that supports a diverse community of local, national and international artists, innovative artmaking practices and projects focused on social engagement.

View a complete schedule of events here.

Jennifer Baron

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...