Like many in Pittsburgh, I would like the spirit of August Wilson to continue, but in a new format, a departure from the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. In honor of Wilson’s accomplishments, why not refer to it as the August Wilson Public Center for Lifelong Learning? Located in the heart of Downtown and open to everyone, the center would symbolize society’s continued advancement of knowledge and skills in the arts and sciences.
By his example, Wilson taught us that we never really graduate from having creative moments for writing and learning until we die.
Downtown is Pittsburgh’s public square. The center could be utilized as our town hall for public study, highlighting the positive and negative aspects of our interactions on the Wilson stage, allowing us the opportunity to rehearse our viewpoints through many different formats before a critical audience of citizens, students and strangers that would enable us to experience community bonding.
The August Wilson Public Center for Lifelong Learning would enable us to uncover and recognize the importance of that spiritual light behind an August Wilson and countless others who venture into the arts and sciences.
There should be discussion of the future of the center involving the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, which includes presidents of colleges and universities in the cities.
Re-creating the August Wilson Public Center of Lifelong Learning might well ignite renewed encouragement from past, present and future donors to catch the spirit of a more inclusive August Wilson Center.
CARNEGIE SAMUEL CALIAN