Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is an interactive museum for kids in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, the museum is home to several rotating and ongoing exhibits. The Nursery, MAKESHOP, Studio, Theater, Attic, Waterplay, Backyard, Garden and Garage areas, encourage children to play with interactive exhibits.

The museum holds various programs for kids in different fields. From quilting to dance, robotics and rocket building, kids can pick the program that suits their interests. The museum also has worked with several programs and regional institutions, such as the University of Pittsburgh. It holds iconic items from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, such as Fred Rogers’ sneakers and one of his sweaters.

Artists who visit the museum provide workshops in painting, pottery, animation and other types of media. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has an extensive outreach program that offer art days, festival programs, musical performances and after-school programs for groups (and schools) throughout the year. There are educational field trips that scouts and local schools can participate in. The museum’s seasonal Backyard features Allegheny Waterworks, an interactive environment that includes well-maintained local architectural relics.

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In 2006, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was declared a certified green building. Plans to extend the museum (from the old post office, into the nearby Art Deco Buhl Planetarium), started in the early 2000s.  The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh became the largest museum in the country that is Silver LEED certified; this proves that the expansion of the museum has been designed and made using sustainable practices, with special attention to energy management, waste management, indoor air quality, new program development, water conservation, site development – as well as, reusing resources. In 2011, Parents magazine included the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in their list of the 10 top children’s museums in the country.

Southern Graphics Council International

Southern Graphics Council International is an educational non-profit group that is fully dedicated to informing its membership about the processes (and issues) regarding book, arts, original prints, handmade paper and drawings. The group basically represents artists specializing in handmade paper art, original prints and drawing; and they strives to boost the public’s appreciation for these arts.

Southern Graphics Council International holds a conference every year, where an exchange of critical and technical information occurs. The conference draws participants from various parts of the world. Exhibitions, awards and publications are also held to promote enjoyment, understanding and the scholarship of these arts.

In fact, Southern Graphics Council International is North America’s largest print organization, and its annual conference is the largest yearly gathering that is focused on printmaking. Artists from all 50 states participate in this conference. Central and South America, Europe and Canada are regular international attendees of the event.

Southern Graphics Council International maintains relationships with social, community and industry authorities, to continue promoting arts and helping artists share their works with the public. The group is continuously moving forward, responding and adapting to the modern times, while valuing its rich beginnings & history in printmaking.

What Southern Graphics Council International aims to achieve is, to improve the professional standing of those involved in drawings and making original prints. They also wish to encourage public interest and appreciation in graphic media, through showcasing expert artists – and through the display and distribution of drawings and prints; they also encourage the promotion of this art through educational institutions and organizations, for study and to spark new avenues of creativity.

Southern Graphics Council International also hopes that they will further the cause of promoting printmaking, by publicly awarding deserving artists, and using publications to update the public about activities related to the art.