African American Celebration

The mission of the Ryan Arts Center is to inspire, copower, and enlighten individuals through the arts. Our goals for the next year are to increase offering accessible/continual after-school programming for teens, integrating the Sto-Rox library and literary arts into all Ryan Arts programming, emphasizing digital literacy for youth and adults, and creating a wellness programs for all ages focusing on nutrition and healthy living, with much of the programming consistently making connections to the layered multitude of social justice issues the Sto-Rox Community faces.    Most importantly, it is Ryan Arts overarching goal of growing sustained partnerships with local artists and arts organizations around the Pittsburgh area.

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GALLERY SHOW

FEBRUARY 9th-24th

Opening Reception Feb 9th from 6pm-8pm

Willie Dawson, visual artist, AACOA and community building Sto-Rox resident has volunteered on the AACOA committee since it’s inception in 2010 and is dedicated to not just honoring it’s legacy but growing it into something that is sustainable and makes real, tangible impact in the community.  

All artists are encouraged to apply.  

 

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XYlo WOrld PreMIERE

FEBRUARY 10 at 12pm

XYLO tells the story of a teenage girl experiencing an opioid overdose. Heavy in nature, this story is Trevor C. Dance Collective’s first evening-length adventure in presenting their unique style of fantasy while navigating real-world issues.

Doors at Noon

1pm BRAVE documentary screening

2pm XYLO performance at

3pm Artist talkback

tickets $25 (link)

 

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REFLECTIONS on resistance

FEBRUARY 15 at 6:30pm

Kevin Mosley is a retired Pennsylvania state trooper presents a discussion on race relations in the United States. He began traveling to Civil Rights sites to incorporate their histories into his book, and Mosley show pictures of these sites in his presentation.



GALLERY SHOW

United We Stand 

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Willie Dawson, visual artist, AACOA and community building Sto-Rox resident has volunteered on the AACOA committee since its inception in 2010 and is dedicated to not just honoring its legacy but growing it into something that is sustainable and makes real, tangible impact in the community.  Dawson has been rallied around by the collective to be the leader in this work.  He works full time as an interior design consultant at At Home in nearby Coraopolis, and has the goal of dedicating at least one day a week to coordinating, executing and measuring year long efforts if we can find a way to compensate him for his hours lost at At Home.  

Some of the projects Dawson hopes to lead in addition to his yearly collaborating, marketing and hanging of one amazing visual arts shows from local artists in the Ryan Arts gallery, he’d like to make it more of  community of Artists, where one or a group release new works with an event quarterly.  Another idea he has pitched, that we are very excited about and got a lot of good feedback at our July 25th Community Conversation with 70+ Sto-Rox Residents in attendance, was harnessing his interior/exterior decor experience, working with the teens in our afterschool program on some various community beautification projects that would include local property owners and The  arts community to improve visually depressed properties in our home town. “Random acts of artistic kindness,” he calls them, “We as artists and handy community members help our neighbors keep their property beautiful.”

XYLO WORLD PREMIERE

by Trevor C. Dance Collective

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10 Doors at 12pm

Trevor C. Dance Collective is premiering XYLO, an evening-length performance about a teenage girl experiencing a heroin overdose. XYLO is being presented as a part of Ryan Arts Center’s African American Celebration of the Arts. Music in XYLO includes arrangements by Adam Taylor (The Handmaid's Tale soundtrack) and sounds from experimental artists like Clark, Bibio and John Murphy. XYLO also boasts use of holophonic sounds.

 

XYLO proceeds will benefit the Sto-Rox Community Resource Center, established Fall 2017, which provides service coordination, group therapy sessions, classes, and behavioral health case management. XYLO will also donate money to the Allegheny Children’s Initiative, the Sto-Rox Afterschool Program, and proceeds from this premiere will assist TCDC in taking XYLO to Pittsburgh schools.  

Phobias are explored in XYLO, as well as what, where, and when reality is. The work will feel ethereal, and is recommended for ages 16+. Trevor C. Dance Collective understands this work is timely as opioid overdoses in Pennsylvania, and nationally, continue to climb.

In addition to this dance performance, Trevor C. Dance Collective will also premiere their first documentary, BRAVE, as a part of the XYLO event. BRAVE reflects on the Collective’s year on tour leading up to XYLO. An artist talkback will follow after the BRAVE screening and XYLO performance.

General admission tickets for XYLO are available now on Eventbrite until Feb 1. Group tickets can be purchased via Artsburgh’s Flexpass program.  

 


REFLECTIONS ON RESISTANCE 

An Evening with Kevin Mosely

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 6:30pm

Presented by Ryan Arts as part of our African American Celebration of Art Series

The History of Civil Rights Movement presentation by Kevin Mosley

6:30pm doors (presentation at 7pm)
Free but a $5-10 suggested donation

EVENT LINK

Kevin Mosley is a retired Pennsylvania state trooper presents a discussion on race relations in the United States. He began traveling to Civil Rights sites to incorporate their histories into his book, and Mosley show pictures of these sites in his presentation.

“It almost feels like a calling, because I think my ancestors on the other side of the veil are saying to me ‘This story needs to be told and these truths need to be put out there, and we expect you to do that,’” Mosley said. “I also wanted to be able to push back against what I knew to be false, but I needed to get the knowledge into my head to be able to do that.”
 


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Photos from 2017 AACOA 

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