This Saturday, June 15th, the first ever Penn Avenue Arts in Motion fair will hit the art district’s main street, bringing with it a stage for music, as well as street stalls featuring artists, crafters, makers and fabulous food from eateries from all over the East End. Hosted by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, the fair will be take place on Penn between Pacific and Atlantic Streets between noon and 6pm and welcomes residents from the nearby communities of Friendship, Garfield and Bloomfield and the city at large to the largest ever event of its kind on Penn Avenue!

Musical acts taking the stage during the day span the gamut of styles, from The KST Steel Pan Group, Soundwaves, to The Van Allen Belt (electro-pop), The Turpentiners (bluegrass), Vox Lumina (folk), Mega-Def (hip-hop) and Gene Stovall (R&B acoustic). Also performing will be the talented youth of the Hill Dance Academy Theatre. Families with children will find plenty to enjoy with activity tables provided by the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Children’s Studio, Assemble and the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, while nestled within the fair itself will be a special I Made It! Market for everyone.

FriendField Postcard

One of the activities we’re most excited for here at Sprout is the FriendField Postcard, a project launched through one of our Connect Your City grants at the end of last year.  Visual artists Filepe Castelblanco and James Southard plan to take the largest group portraits ever in Pittsburgh of the residents of Friendship, Garfield and Bloomfield, which will be printed and distributed as a free postcard to be sent by residents to one another across the neighborhoods. As residents of the community ourselves, it’s an exciting project to be a part of, tying together our neighborhoods and all the great people that live in them. The photo is being taken on Saturday afternoon at 3:20p, so make sure to come out and bring your smile!

For more information on the Penn Avenue Arts in Motion fair, visit their Facebook page or contact the Samantha McDonough of Penn Avenue Arts Initiative at or (412) 389-5221.