Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pitt Arts

From Annabelle Clippinger, director of Pitt Arts:

Greetings Pitt Community,

It’s that time of year again—time for the PITT ARTS campus briefing! This year is special because we celebrate our ten year anniversary of connecting Pitt students with the plenitude and richness of the arts!

1. PITT ARTS has a program called the Cheap Seats Program, wherein we sell to Pitt people greatly reduced tickets to cultural venues. Several times a year, starting this fall, we will send you a flyer with the current shows for sale. You can post and distribute this. Cheap Seats are available to students of all kinds and almost always to staff and faculty, and they may buy up to four tickets per show (there are some exceptions), and they may even buy tickets for non-Pitt people if the purchasing Pitt person attends. We take exact cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Lastly, this is a self-serve ticketing service; students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets anytime the Union is open—the instructions and reservations forms are located outside our office at 929 William Pitt Union in a very prominently marked display.

We sell about 9,700 Cheap Seats a year to the following eleven organizations:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, $12 for students and $17 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Opera, $16-$33 for students and $26-$43 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh CLO, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff
CLO Cabaret, $12 for students, $14 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, students only, $5.50-$34.50
Pittsburgh Public Theatre, $13.50 students, $25.50 for faculty and staff
Quantum Theatre, students $15, $22-$25 for faculty and staff
Guitar Society of Fine Arts, students $10-$15, $14-$20 for faculty and staff
MCG Jazz, $20-$25 students, $32-$35 for faculty and staff
Renaissance & Baroque Society, $10 for students, $15 for faculty and staff

In addition, this year we offer SIX Pitt Nights, which for a great price (only $12 for Pitt Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony for Symphonie Fantastique on September 28th, as low as $18 for Pitt Night at the Opera for Madama Butterfly on October 19th, only $17 for Pitt Night at the Ballet for Don Quixote on October 26th, Pitt Night at the Pittsburgh Public Theater for Amadeus, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pitt Night for Urban Bushwomen and Compagnie Jant-Bi on February 9th costs only $17, and Big Bang with the CLO Cabaret on February 28thstarts at $17. Pitt students, faculty and staff can get optional free transportation with us, enjoy a free dessert reception, and meet the cast and Artistic Directors. These events are splashy and fun. People celebrate their Pitt pride and their love for the arts by participating.

2. Don’t miss Attack of the Cheap Seats on September 12th. Not only will there be great entertainment, but also you can buy cheap tickets for the entire season (or any parts thereof!) to the Opera, Ballet, Symphony, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the Pittsburgh CLO—and it’s cheaper than subscribing! Get your Lion King tickets there. It takes place from 12-2 PM in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

3. PITT ARTS sponsors its 9th annual Arts Fair on September 19th in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. Stop by for a free lunch starting at 11:30 AM and visit with contacts from over thirty arts organizations. Win prizes, and chat with great people as you find out all about what is happening in the arts this academic year.

4. Free Visits: All Pitt students with valid Pitt ID’s, part-time, full-time, grad/undergrad, get in free during the academic year and over holiday break to: The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, AND our newest partner, The Senator John Heinz History Center! All students need to do is swipe their ID at the admissions desk. Check out,,, or for more information. Free visits are suspended during the summer months. Don’t let students miss the Chihuly exhibit at the Phipps, and the all new super ramped up Dinosaur Hall opens at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in December of this year.

5. Artful Wednesdays: PITT ARTS and Student Life have teamed up for a fantastic program that takes place nearly every Wednesday in the fall from noon to 1 PM on Pitt’s newest stage in the Lower Level of the William Pitt Union, and includes a free lunch and a free exciting performance. Here are but two of the ten features from Artful Wednesdays this year. Come up to the PITT ARTS office at 929 WPU to pick up the complete brochure.

September 26th, Namoli Brennet
The talent and joy of singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet is so extraordinary that you may not even notice that she is transgender. She is an amazing spokesperson for GLBT people and issues with her wit, and musical and lyrical brilliance.

October 3rd, Arte y Pureza Flamenco
Glimpse you own Spanish Gypsy self as Maria Peña sings for the Arte y Pureza Flamenco Company dancers and carries on a musical conversation with guitarist Antonio Moya.

6. We have MUCH in the way of literature regarding current arts information, including quite literally, hundreds of press releases, and promotional information about current shows in the arts community. From time to time we may send pertinent/ applicable information to you through interoffice mail or email. If you have a student with an arts-related question, and you don’t know the answer, feel free to:
Call us at 4-4498
Go to our website at, which has tons of information.

7. Free Arts Encounters

PITT ARTS is not a club and students do not join our organization; however, Pitt undergraduate students can sign up to be on our email distribution list by visiting our website at and signing up to be on our D-List by clicking the “Get Involved” button to register. Students will then receive our weekly e-calendar of events from which they can choose to participate simply by going on-line to register for a program. They will subsequently be notified about their RSVP status and will be given program confirmation details. We will offer 110 free arts programs to undergraduates this year, ranging from symphony to film to ballet, to opera, and so on, all art. Transportation, food and tickets are pre-arranged and are COMPLETELY FREE to the undergraduate student.

PITT ARTS does not sell: Pitt Theatre tickets, Pitt Theatre semester passes, Kuntu Repertory Theatre tickets, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) tickets or Music Department tickets of any kind. Students can call 624-PLAY for theater tickets, 4-4125 for Music tickets, and 624-7298 for Kuntu tickets. PICT tickets can be purchased by calling ProArts Tickets at 412-394-3353.

The #61, #71, #500 and #501 buses run back and forth from Pitt to the downtown Cultural District. We have a great directions sheet in our office on how to get to and get around in the Cultural District and to the amenities of the North Side.

Annabelle Clippinger, M.F.A.

929 William Pitt Union
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: 412-624-4462
Fax: 412-624-1662
Cel: 412-862-9736

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