On May 14, 2021 at 7pm, the 2021 All-City Arts Showcase will air virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country. Originally scheduled for March 2021, the showcase has been downsized, with locations shifted from the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the Cultural Trust Arts Education Center, and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to the showcase presenting remotely from sites around Pittsburgh and in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format is substantially different from previous showcases. It is important to continue to present our PPS community with the arts event so many have come to anticipate and appreciate. Enjoy!
Celebrating a 100-year old tradition of arts education in our schools.
The purpose of the annual All-City Arts Showcase is to provide access, equity and capacity beyond the arts classrooms by celebrating the arts learning, creativity and talents of the Pittsburgh Public Schools students in the four disciplines (visual arts, dance, music and theatre).
We are excited to announce the 100th anniversary of the All-City Arts Showcase (orginally the Music Festival) this year. In 1921, then PPS Music Director, Dr. Will Earhart, started the Music Festival of a vast chorus comprised of students across the district accompanied by an high school orchestra ensemble before an audience of several thousands.
During 2021, join us in celebrating arts education through two different experiences. First, with virtual showcases our students’ artistic talents and skills through concerts and exhibitions. Second, through a historical musical journey of performances from the alumni and former staff of All-City and Centers for the Musically Talented, informally known as Centers. Centers began in 1967 and served as the training ground for All-City.
In order for the centennial celebration to be a success, the Arts Education Department and Steering Committee (comprised of retired PPS music educators) is searching for alumni and former staff of both All-City and Centers. If you are an alum, help us by completing the survey below and sharing the link with your network.