Rich palette: Pittsburgh benefits from diverse voices in the arts

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Communities that pride themselves on the arts also know how to showcase the diversity of cultural life. Pittsburgh is one such place, with an abundance of arts groups and venues plus a quilt of creative perspectives that represent assorted minorities.

PNC will present a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Town Meeting on Diverse Voices in the Arts in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in the August Wilson Center, Downtown.

The richness of American life, locally and nationally, will be marked by five special voices and performances. Panelists will be: J.G. Boccella, musician and founder of ConversationWe.com, which connects people across racial lines; poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the National Book Award and professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Wil Haygood, author and journalist (formerly of the Post-Gazette) whose story about a White House butler will be a feature film in the fall; Maritza Mosquera, an artist and educator who has spurred artist-led community collaboration; and Rodrigo Ojeda, Pittsburgh Symphony pianist and Carnegie Mellon faculty member. Post-Gazette Executive Editor David Shribman will be the moderator.

Although admission is free, attendees should register for a seat by calling 412-263-3850.

The arts do not exist in a monochromatic world. Today, even in Pittsburgh, they come in a bold palette of colors and cultures, all of which are worth celebrating.

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