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August Wilson Center for African American Culture

980 Liberty Avenue

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This 65,000 square foot complex, located right in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, is one of two major art institutions named after the great Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson.

The AWCAAC is devoted to “preserving, presenting, interpreting, and celebrating the art, culture and history of African Americans.” Here, people from the community and beyond can experience dance, theater, music, history, film, visual arts, and more, all under one highly inspiring roof.

A vibrant center for classes, lectures, performances, exhibition galleries, community programs, and other events, the AWCAAC is a true jewel. With the mission to educate, inspire, and cultivate, the center is a focal point for the community as it serves people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

The August Wilson Dance Center Academy, directed by Greer Reed-Jones, who is also the founder and Artistic Director of the renowned August Wilson Dance Ensemble, is a focal point of dance for children, teens, and adults within the walls of the AWCAAC. With a wide variety of classes, students can enter the world of dance with informal or professional studies. With student and professional performances, the Dance Academy adds to the already weighted heft of the center itself. (MK)

August Wilson Center for African American Culture Information

  • Public Transportation: Excellent (within a 5-minute walk from several buses, the Red and Blue Light Rail Lines at the Wood Street Station, and the Capitol Limited Amtrak Train at the Pittsburgh Amtrak station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Very good
  • Performances/Programs: Programming includes theater, dance, film, jazz and poetry, choral music, art exhibitions, talent exhibitions, and other special events
  • Ticket Prices: Range from Free–$50 depending on event and seat selection
  • Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission to museum exhibitions is free
  • Membership: Individual ($25); Family ($75); Patron ($250); Leader ($500); President ($1,000); August Wilson Circle ($2,500); Corporate Memberships ($5,000–$15,000). Depending on level, member benefits include free admission to special exhibitions; invitations to member only events; discounts and free august Wilson Center Cultivation Programs; complimentary tickets to select season performances; discounts on group tickets; a listing in the performance program book; discounts on building space and full building rentals; cast meet and greets; and more.