AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
|One of the many institutions that made Pittsburgh great is once again marginalized by the economic pressures that degrade and devalue our community as a whole. This change may be inevitable for many additional reasons beyond our control, but to know that this one in particular is what fostered the greatness in so many of our community members, and see it dying without even a whimper sometimes makes me feel hopeless for perpetuating any of our great institutions beyond what a heavily taxed dollar can buy.
I didn’t take courses at Filmmakers or even go to see movies there with any frequency, but it was one of the first things I could readily identify about what made Pittsburgh truly special only hours after arriving here.
See also: WDUQ, James Street Tavern, Shadow Lounge, Graffiti, Your Inner Vagabond, Tele Ropa, 9th St, Lava Lounge, etal.
I’m humbled to see that despite these difficult and chronic setbacks, some truly exceptional artists and organizers such as Justin Strong, Roger Humphries Sr,Christiane Dolores, Geña Música, Ben Opie, Mandy L Kivowitz-Delfaver, Manny Theiner, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, George C. Jones, Chris Ivey, Chris Belin, Dwayne Dolphin, Ketan Bakrania, Tony Moad, Paul Thompson, Sean Jones, Lou Stellute,Dana Cannone, Howie Alexander, Mark Tamsula, John Roman, Tommy Amoeba, Joe Serkoch, Katabu Masudi, Weird Paul, Jim Canfield, Adam Kroloff, Ron Buchanan,Cindy Harris, Jeffrey Schreckengost, Otis Driftwood, Miguel Sague III, and Herman Soy Sos Pearl continue to find ways to revitalize their own creativity, and find new and innovative ways to add something substantial to Pittsburgh culture. I feel thankful, and I want you all to know you are all loved and would leave a sizable hole in my heart if you ever threw in the towel.
(Please forgive me: I’m sure to have left out many others who have lent me their kindness, inspiration and drive.)