The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (PCT) came into being in the 1980s, a difficult time for the city’s economic and cultural livelihood. Jack Heinz, local public figure and then chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company, embarked on an ambitious campaign (assembling a team including his son, future Senator John Heinz) to rejuvenate the city through support for the arts. Beginning with Heinz Hall (designed as the new home for the Pittsburgh Symphony), he formed PCT to ensure the full realization of his vision.
After the renovation of the historic Stanley Theatre (renamed the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, today one of the most utilized theaters in the nation), the Trust focused on the development of a Cultural District in Pittsburgh’s downtown. Today the district includes 14 facilities and public spaces, including Theatre Square, the Byham, Harris and O’Reilly Theatres, and a number of visual art galleries.
Today PCT continues to manage cultural and economic development of the downtown area, at the same time overseeing operations at all of its affiliated venues. Additionally, PCT’s Department of Education and Community Engagement works with local arts organizations, corporations and educational institutions to develop programs that foster greater public engagement with the creative arts.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Information
- Venues: Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue; Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue; Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street; Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue; O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue; Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street; SPACE, 812 Liberty Avenue; 707 & 709 Penn Galleries, 707 Penn Avenue; 937 Liberty Gallery (home of Bricolage), 937 Liberty Avenue; Future Tenant, 819 Penn Avenue
- Public Transportation: Good (all venues in close proximity & accessible by numerous Port Authority bus routes, as well as the ‘T’ subway)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good at all venues
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 75-100 performances per month
- Ticket Prices: Vary (free-$100) depending on event and seating choice
- Subscriptions/Membership: Some events allow free admission to ‘District Patrons’ who have recently attended events at any of PCT’s venues.