November 1, 2021

Recruiting Teaching Artists for Substitute Roles

Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) is still recruiting teaching artists for the Teaching Artist Substitute Initiative supported by The Grable Foundation’s Tomorrow Campaign.

This effort aims to address the regional substitute teacher shortage, insufficient access to arts learning opportunities in schools, and teaching artist employment instability. During the spring of 2021, the AEC team worked with a cohort of teaching artists to investigate what a teaching artist needs to know and do to work as a certified substitute teacher. Interested individuals may register for the November 5th TASI training using this link. Additional information is available via AEC’s TASI information session recording.

Program Details

Interested teaching artists will benefit from:

  • In-person training through the Guest Substitute Teacher Program hosted by Allegheny Intermediate Unit (at no cost to teaching artist)
  • A self-paced online follow up course offered by Utah University (at no cost to teaching artist)
  • $300 stipend when training is complete to cover the cost of clearances, a physical, and other school district requirements
  • A printed Field Guide filled with lesson ideas and classroom strategies to support arts integration across creative disciplines and grade levels
  • Right-matching support from AEC staff to get connected with a school district open to exploring news way to increase arts learning during the school day

To qualify, teaching artists must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree (any subject area)
  • be a US Citizen
  • be available for mandatory in-person training on Friday, November 5th from 1-5pm


June 29, 2020

Creativity Concepts

Are you interested in learning about the role creativity plays in your early learning program? Join Trying Together on July 15 for our online course, “Creativity Concepts.”


This course will serve as an introduction to creativity and children’s developmental stages with arts learning. The course instructor will share ideas for visual art, music, movement prompts, and activities. A supply list will be shared before class for those interested in participating in hands-on artmaking.

All registrations must be submitted by Monday, July 13. Space is limited.

Course Details

  • Session Date: Wednesday, July 15 | 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Instructor: Alison Babusci
  • CKC: K11.C2
  • CDA Subject Area: Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development.
  • Two PQAS and ACT 48 hours available.


To register and learn more, visit the course webpage.

More Information

For more information, contact Community Engagement Assistant Rosie Hogan at


June 10, 2020

Citiparks Offers Take-Home Literacy and Math Camp Program

From June 15 to July 24, Citiparks will be offering CitiCamp@Home, a six-week program for families that offers weekly take-home STEM/STEAM projects, games, giveaways, and chances to win prizes.


Families are invited to join Citiparks lead explorer Caterina as she guides explorers through summertime urban adventures! Through conveniently packaged To-Go Kits, families will gain access to everything they need to create great projects that include built-in literacy and math components.

Additional resources will be provided by WQED, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Carlow University Education Department, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and UPMC Children’s Hospital.

Pick Up Locations

Kits will be available at the Citiparks Summer Grab & Go locations listed below starting Monday, June 15 on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are not able to participate in the Summer Food program but would like to play along, printable materials will also be available on the Citiparks website.

More Information

For more information, read the full press release or call 412.665.3665.

Share this flyer with your network.


April 7, 2020

Learning with Parents: Children on the Autism Spectrum and the Arts

Join Brazelton Touchpoints Center‘s Joshua Sparrow, MD for the premiere of Learning with Parents: Children on the Autism Spectrum and the Arts, featuring Elaine Hall, Founder of The Miracle Project, and Yudi Bennett, Co-Founder of Exceptional Minds.


In this webinar, participants will find out how – as mothers and entertainment industry professionals – Yudi and Elaine learned to not only listen to their children, but also give a voice to thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders and to help them discover their inner artists!


To register, visit the event webpage.


April 11, 2019

Science Tots Book Fair | Barnes & Noble

Join Science Tots from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to learn more about S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The event will have hands-on, educational and fun activities based on the upcoming Earth Day! No registration required!

See the event page.

About Science Tots

Science Tot’s mission is to connect families with the instruction and tools to power early  S.T.E.A.M. learning.


April 5, 2019

Jeremiah’s Place: Block Party & Resource Fair

Join Jeremiah’s Place on June 22 for a fun-filled day of festivities at their Block Party and Resource Fair.


This year’s event will include:

  • Resource tables,
  • Storymobile,
  • Fire truck tour,
  • Face painting,
  • Arts and crafts,
  • Free picnic and carnival food,
  • Free wellness sessions,
  • Raffle prizes, and much more!

This event is FREE and open to the public, rain or shine!

Share this flyer with your networks.


April 2, 2019

Español + Arte = Fun | Workshop

Young children are quick learners and avid to explore. This workshop focuses on developing visual art strategies to engage children in a fun and playful way when introduced to a second language. Through exploration of Spanish and bilingual stories, collaboration with peers, and making connections to real-life experiences, educators will be able to develop their own visual-arts strategies and activities to teach a second language to young children.

This event is intended for early childhood educators. Act 48 and PQAS credit hours available.


To register, visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website.


For personal assistance selecting accessible seats or for more information about accessibility for a person with a disability, please contact Customer Service at 412-456-6666.


March 27, 2019

P.R.I.D.E. Seeks Early Educators & Artists for Upcoming Art Festivals

Recently, the Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education program (P.R.I.D.E.) announced a call for submissions to Pittsburgh-based early childhood educators and Africana artists for the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals.

About the Festivals

Modeled after children’s activities offered during the popular Harambee || Black Arts Festivals, P.R.I.D.E. Pop Ups are small, half-day, outdoor art festivals hosted in three Pittsburgh communities: East Liberty, Homewood, and the Hill District. At the festivals, artists and educators engage young children (ages 3 to 8) and their families in hands-on activities. The goal is for adults to use art activities to teach children about their race and culture while building their positive racial identity.

To see important dates and learn more, visit the P.R.I.D.E. website.

Who Can Apply

This call for submissions is open to early educators teaching grades Pre-K to 3rd grade and Africana artists working in the following disciplines: Literature, Performing Arts, Visual Arts & Crafts, and/or Multidisciplinary Arts. Applications are open to early childhood educators from all neighborhoods, schools, and child care settings, including public, private, charter, etc. Educators working in East Liberty, Homewood, and Hill District schools/settings are highly encouraged to apply.

Participating educators and artists will receive the following compensation:

  • Educator and Artist Cross-Training Compensation: $275
  • Educator and Artist Festival Participation Compensation: $260 per event ($780 total)
  • End-of-Project Focus Group Participation Compensation: $25
  • Artist Material Stipend: $400

Application & Deadlines

If you’re interested in applying or signing up as a volunteer, please visit the P.R.I.D.E. website.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

About P.R.I.D.E.

As a part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Office of Child Development, P.R.I.D.E. is a multifaceted program designed to help young African American children (ages 3 to 8) develop a positive racial identity, support teachers and parents by building their racial knowledge, and raise awareness of the impact of race on young children. The program provides a range of services, such as training opportunities for educators and artists, Parent Village sessions for Black children, and art festivals created to immerse young Black children in a space designed to celebrate them.

See the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals flyer. 

*Information provided by the P.R.I.D.E. Program


November 27, 2018

Dancing Our Way Through STEM

Providing children opportunities to explore creative movement can spark so many natural connections to STEM concepts. During this interactive workshop, educators will participate in a variety of dance focused strategies that will deepen understanding in science, math, ingenuity, and other fundamental STEM concepts. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their own creative movement techniques that can support student’s STEM learning.

Register here. Act 48 and PQAS credit hours available.


April 19, 2018

Fathers Trying Together

Are you a single father or caregiver? Would you like to build positive memories with your child and learn healthy ways to cope with barriers and stress? Join us for adult group discussion and parent-child interaction activities such as:

    • arts and crafts
    • coding
    • learning through play
    • reading
    • STEM

This event is currently being held virtually via Zoom from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Learn More

For more information, contact Neil Walker at 412.728.2892 or

Share this flyer with your networks.