Betty Cruz serves as Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives for the Office of Mayor William Peduto. Welcoming Pittsburgh is just one of the programs she’s working on.
And 30 Neighbors, 30 Days is just one facet of that program. Follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter and search the hashtag IamPGH for more info, and keep an eye out in the coming months for other Welcoming Pittsburgh projects.
Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Lawrenceville, where his father was a barber for 80 years. His father, recently deceased, is the subject of Samsons Hair Repaired, a way of looking at him, his neighborhood, and his longtime clientele.
His PKN presentation will focus on another project, Holdup in the Hood, where children on Pittsburgh’s North Side create self-portraits. The larger body of work that incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.
Images from the project have been exhibited since 2006, and most recently the project was a finalist for a 2015 LensCulture Exposure Award. It will be exhibited in London beginning in May 2016, and Francis also hopes to publish a book on the project in the near future.