Pop up mini art festivals
You’ve probably been to a block party. You’ve probably been to an art festival. Combine the two and you get the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals, a free neighborhood event created specifically for Black children between the ages of 3 and 8. Trained artists and educators present exciting, engaging activities emphasizing Africana arts and culture that help Black children embrace their race, skin color, and heritage with dignity and love. Plus, there’s delicious food, live music, a DJ and host, dancing, and more for all to enjoy.
Currently held in the East Liberty, Homewood, and Hill District neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Ups are one of the only festivals in the United States with programming designed specifically to young Black children aged 3 to 8. Pop Ups debuted in 2017 to crowds of hundreds eager to soak up Africana culture in the form of music, dance, and different artistic expressions. In 2018, we more than doubled attendance. We are eager to see what 2019 brings!
2019 Call to Educators and Artists
We are currently accepting applications from artists and educators looking to be part of the 2019 Pop Ups. Participants receive a stipend and the chance to help children experience Africana art and culture and develop positive racial identity.
2018 Pop Up Recaps
All events are free and open to the public
It was amazing to witness youth create, laugh, dance, and have a good time...It was truly a beautiful experience. Thank you for letting me be a part."
"Summer festival organizers should certainly take extensive notes from The P.R.I.D.E. Program...We simply loved the activities. The organizers know what children like — so thoughtfully planned. And our family appreciate that most of tables encouraged attendees to celebrate African American life and culture."
"With the inundation of messages from society that deem Black youth not good enough or that they don't meet society's standards of beauty, events like the PRIDE pop up arts are crucial to supporting these youth. Youth like my daughter saw themselves reflected in volunteers, activities, books, dance, and music at this event."
Host your Own Pop Up
Learn how to host a Pop Up Mini Art Festival in your neighborhood!
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