We 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 Stitcherand 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!
You 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.
TJ Arts is proud to announce the third annual performance of its signature summer event, Hot on the Arts. Approximately 55 alumni, current students and area residents will return to the CCAC South Campus Theatre June 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a third year of cabaret-style performances exploring the theme of “Sentimental Journey.” That evening, TJ Arts will also announce the recipients of the Matteo Music Scholarship and the TJ Arts Scholarship.
Proceeds from Hot on the Arts will in part help support the various arts enrichment programs sponsored by TJ Arts for students in West Jefferson Hills School District. After five years of programming, the 2013/14 school year marks the first time that TJ Arts programs have benefitted all 3,000 students in the district.
– Sunday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m.
– CCAC South Campus Theatre
– Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE or by calling 412-655-0747
– Featuring Tim Hartman as Master of Ceremonies and the Classic Crooners senior citizen singing group
We just received word from the Pittsburgh Foundation with preliminary results from the Day of Giving on May 6… and with your help, TJ Arts raised more than $8,600 in 18 hours! This represents a 50% increase in our donations from last year. We are sincerely grateful to all who support our efforts to bring enriching arts experiences to students and residents in West Jefferson Hills.
Mark 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 www.pittsburghgives.org 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!
Applications for all scholarships are now available on our website, through the guidance offices, and from arts teachers. All forms and required items must be submitted by Friday, May 9, 2014. Please follow the directions on each application to be sure your application will be considered. Click on the links below for more information and to download an application.
Kendall Ceh, a fifth grade student at Mars Area Centennial School, was inspired to create an art project after attending TJ Arts’ production of Sweet Sweet Jazz in October. The project was done with paper shapes and is based on “The Three Musicians” by Picasso.
Our newest scholarship, the Matteo Music Scholarship, was created this fall through the generous donation of Joseph Matteo. Read more about it in this article from the South Hills Record by clicking here.
We believe that studying music, or any of the arts, has a multitude of benefits. Read this article from the New York Times about the influence that the study of music had on successful people like Condoleeza Rice, Alan Greenspan, and Paula Zahn.