TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 3: Summer Arts Programs

This month, TJ ARTScast looked at summer arts programs in the region. We talked with Veronica Corpuz from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust about the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and discussed the inaugural ARTS Day this summer, a day of arts workshops and performances hosted by TJ Arts.

Tune in today to hear what it’s all about! Or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 2: Student Arts Opportunities

In our second episode, our listeners discover some student opportunities offered locally and in Pittsburgh and the importance of such opportunities.

  • Amy Heathcott, Programming Chair for TJ Arts, talks about scholarships, an award and the STArts Program that TJ offers.
  • In “City Snapshot” Jessica Cook meets up with Carmen LoPresti at Duquesne University who won the TJ Arts Founders’ Award and also attended City Music Center.
  • Natasha Snitkovsky, co-founder of the City Music Center, talks about the amazing music school at Duquesne University that she helped to create which serves a comprehensive music program following a European model to school-aged children.
  • In “The Big Picture” Julia Malecki describes some current findings about the importance of  arts education for children.


Listen to this episode through the iTunes store or on Stitcher.

TJ Arts announces its newest signature event- Arts Day! To be held on Saturday, June 27 at CCAC South Campus, this event will feature workshops with professional artists and an evening showcase free to the community. To get more information or to register for this event, click here!

TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 1: August Wilson

In our first episode, our listeners are introduced to the format of TJ ARTScast and the following features:

  • Karen Suszynski, founder of TJ Arts, talks about the mission of TJ Arts and the reason for creating the TJ ARTScast podcast.
  • “City Snapshot”: Jessica Cook takes us to the Hill District of Pittsburgh and the boyhood home of August Wilson, one of Pittsburgh’s finest artists.
  • Christopher Rawson, theater critic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV and expert on the late August Wilson, talks about Wilson’s legacy to Pittsburgh and the American theater.
  • “The Big Picture”: Julia Malecki questions a Washington, D.C. theater director about Wilson’s broader significance to our nation.

Listen to this episode through the iTunes store or on Stitcher.

To register for Classic Crooners

Go to Select Event Keeper & date.


Music Credits

Theme music for TJ ARTScast: “The Way You Look Tonight”

composed by Jerome Kern, arranged by Ray DeFade, from Timeless album by John Paterra & The Tuesday Night Big Band

Music Spot for March 1 TJ ARTScast: “Soul Searchin'”

composed by Ray DeFade, from No One Claps for the Low Notes by Soiree Band



A new and exciting podcast called TJ ARTScast has begun, produced by TJ Arts. Each month, hosts Dawn Walters and Jay Suszynski will bring you TJ ARTScast as they showcase:

  • the local arts scene and the good work that TJ Arts is doing in the South Hills of Pittsburgh;
  • our regional arts scene as we connect our communities with the professional arts that our city of Pittsburgh offers;
  • and the national arts scene as we examine the state of the arts throughout the United States

Be a part of our “arts pod” by subscribing to TJ ARTScast. Subscribe in the iTunes Store or on STITCHER, share your love for the arts and help keep arts education alive.

TJ ARTScast- a local voice with universal reach trumpeting the need for the best in arts education!

Classic Crooners logoClassic Crooners is a singing group for senior citizens in West Jefferson Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods that is taught by esteemed local music educator Marian BollmanJefferson Hills Public Library has opened its doors to us this year to host our second Classic Crooners group, and we are excited to partner with the library to help reach even more WJH residents!

The first class will be April 22, 2015 from 2-3pm, and the group will rehearse every Wednesday at the library.

This is FREE to all participants, and no experience necessary – just show up on April 22 and sing along!

To register, either:

  • Call 412-655-7741
  • Go online to and select “Event Keeper” and the start date (April 22)
  • Register in-person at the Jefferson Hills Public Library main desk
The Classic Crooners group from Atria South Hills performing at Hot on the Arts in June 2014.
The Classic Crooners group from Atria South Hills performing at Hot on the Arts in June 2014.

TJARTSCAST logoWe are proud to announce the launch of our brand-new podcast, called TJ ARTScast. The inaugural episode will debut on March 1 in the iTunes Store and Stitcher and will feature interviews with Karen Suszynski, founder of TJ Arts, and Christopher Rawson, theater commentator on KDKA-TV, formerly of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and expert on the late August Wilson, one of Pittsburgh’s finest artists. The first episode will celebrate Wilson’s legacy to Pittsburgh and the American theater with a comprehensive interview with Rawson, a brief interview with director Timothy Douglas on “The Big Picture,” a segment analyzing the national arts scene, and a glimpse of Wilson’s home in the Hill District with “City Snapshot.”

Pittsburgh natives Dawn Walters and Jay Suszynski will host TJ ARTScast each month, celebrating TJ Arts’ local work in promoting and enhancing the arts in the schools and communities of West Jefferson Hills, and relating those efforts to the regional and national arts scene. We believe this is the first podcast of its kind to be produced by a grassroots arts organization and broadcast to a national audience.

Check out this quick promo to hear what the TJ ARTScast is all about. Subscribe and you’ll never miss an episode!

August Wilson & Chris Rawson at the 2001 Broadway opening for KING HEDLEY II.
August Wilson & Chris Rawson at the 2001 Broadway opening for KING HEDLEY II.

MadMexlogoYou can support TJ Arts and eat your burrito, too, when you attend TJ Arts’ Mad Mex fundraiser on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7pm. Mad Mex in Shadyside will donate proceeds from all food and alcohol sales that evening to TJ Arts! Your dinner will help support TJ Arts enrichment activities for West Jefferson Hills students and residents, so add it to your calendar! Use the button below to purchase tickets online or call 412-655-0747.

This year’s Sweet Sweet Jazz will be held Sunday, October 12 at 7pm in the TJHS Auditorium. Proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will benefit arts enrichment in all West Jefferson Hills schools, which includes field trips to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform downtown at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.