Penn Avenue Arts District (4800-5500 Penn)

April 4
5 – 11 p.m.


The Unblurred gallery crawl and the Geek Art/Green Innovator’s Festival (read: GA/GI) are joining forces to transform the Penn Avenue arts district into a living showcase of creativity, expression and innovation.

Marking five years in the burgh, GA/GI will host an anniversary festival honoring three of nature’s greatest elements, with themed programs, activities and events encompassing earth, wind and fire. Just weeks before the 43rd international Earth Day, GA/GI 5 sets up shop along the Friendship-Garfield business district, as part of the community’s signature Unblurred First Fridays.

Dozens of local artists, eco-exhibits and tech displays will be free and open to all ages, and all within walking distance between 4800 and 5500 Penn Avenue, with more than 50 businesses and galleries participating.

Ready to geek out and go green? Head to the Fire Safety/Family Circle for programming by local firefighters, fire dancers, performers and a raku pottery firing led by Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. At the Pittsburgh Glass Center, attend the Hotter Than Hell fashion show celebrating first responders and featuring unique clothing styled by CAPA High School, Sew Addicted and other area fashionistas.

Explore wind at Most Wanted Fine Art with internationally known balloon sculptor Brian Kane. Find your inner eco-artist  at Assemble as you explore nature and the earth through a variety of educational art and farming experiences.

Produced by Passports: The Art Diversity Project in collaboration with The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, GA/GI boasts a diverse range of scientists, environmentalists, green vendors, fashion designers, video designers, and more  from all over the city, within an accessible format that encourages experimentation, wonder and discovery.

Continue your explorations of art and innovation at the Artists Against Fracking exhibition at Garfield Artworks, Louis Boston, The Pi Guy at Edge Studios, and at the App Expo at Most Wanted Fine Art.

Over at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, see Sean Dorsey’s The Secret History of Love, a new dance work by the SF-based company that explores real life stories from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community.

In tandem with GA/GI will be the April edition of Unblurred, a night when crowds convene up and down Penn to take in its signature blend of culture, community and cuisine, with free exhibitions, events, performances, hands-on activities, and opening receptions from 6 to 11 p.m., followed by an after-hours Pandemic dance party at Brillobox.

Additional select GA/GI events will also take place on April 5th and 6th. Go here to view a complete GA/GI 5 Festival schedule.

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...