TJ ARTScast Season 1: Episode 4: Creative Writing Part 1

Listen to our latest TJ ARTScast episode! This is the first of a two-part series on creative writing. This month’s episode features an interview with local storyteller and TJ alumnus Dan Foytik, and next month we’ll talk with Sam Hazo, the first poet laureate of Pennsylvania.

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

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 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.

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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!

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.

Pgh Gives Logo clr 2012Mark your calendars – this year’s Day of Giving is earlier on Tuesday, May 6, from 7am to 11:59pm! Last year on October 3,TJ Arts raised nearly $6,000 in 24 hours, and this year we hope to break that record, but we can only do it with your help! On May 6, please visit to make a donation to TJ Arts that will be matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation. Your support will help us get off to a great start in 2014!