Aftershock is a new company creating art for young and minority audiences in Pittsburgh. Funds support space restoration and 1st season
Aftershock is a new company creating art for young and minority audiences in Pittsburgh. Funds support space restoration and 1st season Read more
For the past several months, a new project has been under development: Aftershock Theatre. Our organization’s mission is to use innovative arts management best practices and fiscally responsible management to create powerfully resonant theatre for Pittsburgh’s increasingly diverse population, and send aftershocks of inspiration and enlightenment throughout the city. Specifically, Aftershock strives to produce high-quality, meaningful art that speaks to the underrepresented audiences of Millennials and Gen-Xers by focusing on the relevancy of the artwork and the socialization factor of the theatre experience.
As Pittsburgh enters its next renaissance, universities, tech companies, and healthcare providers are attracting a vibrant group of diverse students and young professionals. Our city's arts organizations find themselves searching for ways to adapt their offerings and attract this demographic, however, many find themselves restricted in these efforts and few are successfully fulfilling the needs of our generation. As young people return to grow our city, the need to provide relevant art for them becomes all the more important.
As a new organization, we are perfectly positioned to create art with a fresh perspective and deliver relevant and meaningful art experiences to younger Pittsburghers. This will be accomplished through work of a minimalistic nature, which plays with both time and format. To highlight the audience’s issues of interest, we hope to make attending the theatre a communal activity again – one which allows individuals to connect, network, engage, and be inspired. We are creating a space where people come together not only to see a show, but to engage with important ideas and form lasting communities. Having a space where this comprehensive experience can be crafted is essential to our success.
The theatre should be more than a performance space; it ought to be an incubator of meaningful discussion where diverse audiences can come and learn not just from our art, but from one another. For this to be the case, artistic and social experiences must build on each other. The space in which the art is presented ought to encourage the discussion it seeks to elicit, and simultaneously be a space where its community can create and guide their own discourse.
Risks and challenges
Aftershock's founders are all recent graduates of Carnegie Mellon University and hope to use art to change the lives of the people of Pittsburgh. Between us we hold two masters degrees in Arts Management, three Bachelors degrees ranging from History to Design and years of experience on stage, behind the scenes and managing real organizations.
Pittsburgh is an innovative city, and we hope to change how Pittsburgh views art -- making it an essential tool in the innovators belt. We are confident we have the skills to make this dream a reality, but we need your help to make Aftershock Theatre a rousing success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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