$12,000 Operation Better Block: Homewood Summer 2016 Self-Guided Tour
PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple
GRANTEE: Operation Better Block
Homewood is home to many noteworthy people, an array of historic places and creative endeavors. Homewood’s history is also one of Pittsburgh’s most noticeable, having gone through many cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic changes over the last century. However, Homewood’s positive assets have been overshadowed by decades of neglect and disenfranchisement along with negative images in the media. The frequent, unfavorable narrative has impacted Homewood’s image and the project team wants to change the story.
The project team will celebrate and give voice to Homewood through storytelling with the launch of the first Homewood Self-Guided Art & Cultural Tour this summer. The tour will highlight treasures in the neighborhood, both present and no longer here, to those who live, work and play in Homewood, as well as the greater Pittsburgh community.
The Tour will present an opportunity to build off the work that has already been done in the community. OBB’s Business and Institutional Corridor Cluster Plan gathered input from residents and stakeholders and the main theme that emerged was the goal of establishing Homewood as an African-American cultural destination by celebrating Homewood’s storied history, building up the existing art community, and placing a special focus on food, music, theater, visual arts and literature. This Tour will be the first activity that will demonstrate and showcase the rich culture of Homewood.
Community members and visitors will enjoy a self-guided tour, map and neighborhood guide that is free and open to the public from 11am – 5pm on Saturday, July 16th, 2016. A tour van to accommodate senior citizens and people with disabilities will be available for a designated time. The tour will be held during the Harambee Festival and the project team will utilize this opportunity to expand their collaboration as well as cross-market the events to gain positive traction.