Amanda Gross is a transplanted Atlantan, living and working in Pittsburgh for the last few years. You might know her if you helped knit the bridge.
Her presentation is on the artwork she’s created for her blog, Mistress Syndrome, which is “part of a lifelong journey of personal and collective healing from the multi-layered, generational trauma of what it means to be a white woman.”
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.
Maranie has several social issues that she is working to raise awareness on including acid attacks on women [graphic image warning] and human trafficking. She is involved with a Pittsburgh-based NGO called “The Project to End Human Trafficking”. Visit their website to find out how you can help.