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Get on the Bus!

Hosted by: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Florida Recycled

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gerry Florida in partnership with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse brings this project public advocating the importance of art in our lives and culture through the voices of community youth.
In 2017, Allegheny County’s Shuman Juvenile Detention Center partnered with Gerry Florida of Florida Recycled to officially kick-off its newest community service program the “Why Art?” Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Billboard Project that was seen traveling on the rear of Port Authority buses in targeted Pittsburgh areas.
A series of posters proudly paraded the collaborative artistry of 40-60 residents of Shuman Center addressing the importance of art in our lives and culture through the voices of at risk youth. The project was launched through generous grants and private donations.
This year, Shuman Center and Florida Recycled joins Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse to invite community youth and patrons to participate in coloring a poster gifted by Shuman Center. The poster is proudly sponsored by the generosity of John Oravik Consulting and will make its “bus debut” in the summer of 2018.
Upon completion it will become part of a series of posters created in 2018 that  travel on buses in Pittsburgh neighborhoods in an ongoing mission to spread the message of the importance of art in our lives and culture. As many as twelve “Why Art?” Port Authority billboard bus announcements positioned throughout targeted areas will proudly parade the city in the upcoming year answering the question of “Why Art?” through imagery.  One third of the billboard will humbly ask the question “Why Art?” as the other two thirds will showcase beautiful artwork created by youth and patrons of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse while answering the question boldly with the word “BECAUSE”.
Florida Recycled, Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and Pittsburgh Center Creative Reuse understand the importance of creative development in cultural, community and personal growth and have joined in partnership to offer a unique opportunity to unite and arm community members with a louder public voice to advocate the healing powers of art, acceptance and inclusion in this otherwise unlikely partnering. We hope to exemplify the numerous benefits that creative education affords in all our lives and how art is a powerful healing force in bridging gaps between communities and all people.
This year Allegheny County proudly printed a 2018 “Why Art?” Calendar featuring all 12 completed bus billboards of 2017 honoring the talents of detained youth at Shuman Center.  Shuman’s mission is to  exemplify the valuable human resources we stand to lose without creative interventions. We hope generous community sponsors will help us meet our 2018 goal for the next series of 12bus billboards to launch our calendar for 2019!
Thank You and Please Join us !
for More Information Visit: 
Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Enrichment Programs


May 20
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Appropriate grade level:
Grades 6-8|Grades 9-12
Professional Development Opportunity:


Gerry Florida
Collaborating Organization(s):
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Shuman Juvenile Detention Center


Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Allegheny County
214 N. Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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