Cool culture cats promote PSO and Carnegie

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Will Opera Lady do for Pittsburgh Opera what Opera Man did for Adam Sandler and "Saturday Night Live"?

Let's hope not, since comedy isn't the point. Or at least not the only point.

Outreach efforts at Pittsburgh's cultural institutions, whether embodied in caricature or mascot, represent serious business, though with fun and even some comedy as an intended benefit. The bottom line is about building and sustaining an audience.

While Opera Lady's efforts target an older -- but not necessarily old -- demographic, other arts organizations have their own entree into outreach efforts. Here are two examples, each geared to the younger set:

Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks, the "fiddlin' feline host" for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's children's concerts, makes appearances at a number of events throughout the year.

Up next is "Fiddlesticks: Melody Makers" with conductor Lawrence Loh, scheduled Oct. 28 in Heinz Hall. It's a program of sing-along lullabies and folk songs. Information: 412-392-4900.

Art Cat

As mascot for Carnegie Museum of Art children's programming, Art Cat -- a puppet with handler -- makes appearances here and there, though mostly on-site for family activities.

Art Cat even has a role in audio tours, providing information about the museum collection while tossing in the occasional "meow." Information: 412-688-8690.


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