Neighbors: You are invited to join the Mattress Factory on Thursday, September 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a FREE Community Block Party to celebrate the opening of its newest exhibition, making home here! The outdoor Block Party will be held on the 1400 Block of Monterey Street, with free artmaking activities and a live DJ set from HUNY. Food from vegan Trinidadian food stand, ShadoBeni, will also be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to BYOB!
Centered on themes of community conversation and equity in the arts, making home here will feature the work of local artists Gavin Andrew Benjamin, Naomi Chambers, Justin Emmanuel Dumas, Njaimeh Njie, and Harrison Kinnane Smith. The exhibition, which will run from September 2021 through late spring 2022, is curated by Sylvia Rhor Samaniego, Director and Curator at University Art Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh, and Sean Beauford, local arts activist, author and curator. making home here seeks to showcase and build the careers of five local artists on the boldest possible platform, all while deepening their connection with the Pittsburgh community.