Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning last fall, students in Laurie Collier’s and Maureen Kedzuf’s fifth-​grade class lined up in escort position at Arlington Accelerated Academy and headed to the gymnasium to dance. They were among the more than 300 fifth-​graders from six elementary schools participating in Dancing Classrooms’ inaugural year in the Pittsburgh…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Ballroom classes effect change in local elementary schools
Before Pittsburgh became a place, before it was an idea, before its stories, its heroes, its villains, its tales of exploration, adventure, discovery and struggle became part of the popular imagination and American life, it was a space defined only by the movement of water through mountains, valleys, forests and a dark wilderness.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Artists and historians discuss the region’s never-​ending quest to define itself
In an empty annex of the Strip District’s typically post-​industrial Gage Building, propped against a supporting beam on the hard factory floor, disparate objects sit like the sad leftovers from a garage sale. Karla Boos, founder and artistic director of Quantum Theatre, surveys the items with Jed Harris, veteran Pittsburgh written theater experimentalist…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading After 20 years, the Quantum Theatre is still seeking new ground
Junior high woodworking class is as close as many of us have ever gotten to making something with our own hands. We developed a tactile awareness of the silky smoothness of well-​sanded wood and that need to run our fingers over the soft warmth of a finished piece of walnut.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Pittsburgh’s downed trees reemerge as carved treasures
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