The Lower Hill Street Team underwent two different trainings during this quarter and we are out and about in the city of Pittsburgh!
Our first event for the Summer was tabling at the August Wilson Birthday Block Party, at which there were 7,000 persons in attendance over the course of the day. The purpose of this gathering is to honor and celebrate the birth of the Historic Hill District native and inestimable playwright, August Wilson, who is the winner of many Pulitzer Prizes, Drama Critics Circle Awards, and whose plays have won Tony Awards. Wilson was posthumously nominated as a screenwriter for the Paramount Film’s production of “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; and he is the first and only African American to have a Broadway Theater named after him. It was an honor to table at the Birthday Block Party!
The newest street team members were delighted by the crowd and signed up followers for the Lower Hill newsletter, while the senior members canvassed the Block Party, to spread the word about the opportunities at the First Source Center. This was also the first time the Street Team was able to display their freshly-labeled T-Shirts, produced by Hill-based company, Prints of The City PGH, so they were excited!
Street Team trainings were lead by BPG's Development Marketing Manager, Rachelle Pownall-Brown, and Director of Community, Arts and Culture, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis. During the first training - a comprehensive onboarding - Street team members were by joined First Source Center concierge, Dayna Wilson, and Program Coordinator, Brittney Gardone.
If you see the street team out and about this Summer, come and say hello! We may have something special for you! We are still hiring, so join the team if you are outgoing and ready to meet and greet the public! We also welcome our new street Team Manager, Denna Zenmon, who joined the team this Summer!
The August Wilson Birthday Block Party is a pre-cursor for the upcoming Grand Opening of the August Wilson House, the weekend of August 13, 2022.