The mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect celebrated authors with the community, elevate civic discourse, and inspire creativity and a passion for the literary arts.
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures was launched with a lecture by Pittsburgh native Annie Dillard on September 16, 1991 at The Fulton (now The Byham) Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
Over the years we have connected thousands of Pittsburghers with iconic authors including Kurt Vonnegut, George Plimpton, Margaret Atwood, Edward Albee, John Updike, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe, Jamaica Kincaid, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, August Wilson, Susan Sontag, Spalding Gray, and E.L. Doctorow, just to name a few! (See the list of previous speakers.)
We now present five signature series and partner with area schools and non-profit organizations to maximize the impact of visiting authors to our region.
Our volunteer board members bring diverse skills and backgrounds (and their passion for reading) to the stewardship and oversight of a sustainable Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
Donor Services Officer
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Gardner & Preston
The Hillman Company
Washington Consulting Group
Lena G. Andrews
Senior Development Officer
Vice Chancellor, Diversity & Inclusion
University of Pittsburgh
Ferrum Capital Partners LLC
Susan B. McIntosh
CMU and University of Pittsburgh
Peoples Travel Agency
Dr. Frederick Sherman
Operational Risk and Compliance
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Our talented staff members apply their passion, expertise, and enthusiasm to achieve the dynamic goals of the organization.
Director of Strategic Operations
Manager of Community Engagement
Event Production Coordinator
Bookkeeper & Office Manager
Most of our events take place in the historic facilities of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
New & Noted, Words & Pictures, Poets Aloud
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s South Wing Reading Room