This season we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and our presentation of 286 acclaimed authors during the past 24 years. Their range of topics has been wide and their depth of knowledge and insights, fathomless.
We celebrate the prepared words of these authors and also the dialogue that has ensued when questions have been asked by audience members. We celebrate the community conversations that continue into the evening, the following day, or even years later, provoked by the memory of a comment from a Lecture author.
We also celebrate the school and community visits Lecture authors have made throughout the years and the profound impact they have had on students.
We celebrate the visionary staff and board members who founded Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in 1991. We stand on your shoulders. And we celebrate those of you, in the audience, who have been attending throughout our history, for you have formed the foundation of our literary community.
We celebrate the Drue Heinz Trust for its belief in the importance of presenting high-quality writers to share their creative process, research, wisdom, and truths with a public audience. And we celebrate all of the sponsors and donors whose support has made this work possible.
We celebrate our longtime partners the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, who share our mission of community education and lifelong learning, as we also celebrate the many, many community organizations we have worked with.
We celebrate the book reviewers and writers who have written feature articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, New Pittsburgh Courier, City Paper, and NEXTPittsburgh, for they broadcast the literary message far beyond the Music Hall walls.
Most of all, we celebrate the distinguished authors who generously share themselves with us. These authors, who step away from their solitary writer’s life and into our spotlight, where month after month and year after year, they enrich our lives by the thoughts they convey and the stories they tell, and by wholeheartedly joining the communal experience that is Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lectures in the Carnegie Music Hall.
All Best Wishes,