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SPRING 2011 ISSUE Summer Arts Education pages 4-5 Arts Event Calendar page 5 Q&A: Brandon Jennings pages 6-7 Pay It Forward Foundation page 8 Teaching Artists Featured page 9 Focus On Renewal News page 10 Acting OUT! page 11 AQ is published by the Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus On Renewal, and supported by contributions from Focus On Renewal, Richard King Mellon Foundation, Massey Charitable Fund, Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Buhl Foundation, The Fine Foundation, Howard and Nell E. Miller Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation, Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, as well as corporate sponsors (see pages 6-7). AQ is a community arts publication for the Sto-Rox neighborhood and Western Allegheny County region.

The AQ Editor welcomes your comments and suggestions by phone 412.771.3052, by fax 412.771.4150, or by e-mail to


Pat Moran, Arts Center Director Pilar Brown, Editor/writer/designer Lynn Stys, Circulation Chris Rolinson, Photographer Abigail S. Neely, Photographer Intern ~ Thank You & Good Luck! Father Regis Ryan, Copy editor Sister Ruth Bearer, Copy editor Sister Sarah Crotty, Copy editor

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On the cover: Father Ryan Arts Center Pottery Studio featuring ceramic and pottery work with different glazing techniques.

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hether he is awing crowds with his mastery of the potter’s wheel, describing unconventional glazing techniques, or discussing how the arts enrich communities, Terry Rorison has a unique talent for capturing students’ interests and inspiring respect and appreciation for the ancient art of pottery.

ed a school in the Appalachia region. During this time, he bought a potter’s wheel, books, clay, and set up a studio to learn ceramics. His desire to learn and persistence motivated him to explore pottery further and eventually that would lead him to Pittsburgh and his friend Bill Strickland who founded Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

little creativity helps when things don’t go as planned. For example, he told me about a restoration project requiring 400 clay pieces and the issues that can arise during the process of making and firing terra cotta including an electrical failure at the utility company, which shut down the kiln, destryoing all 400 terra cotta pieces inside.

Mr. Rorison developed an interest in architecture and sculpture, and was called by an architectural firm to help restore an old building. He accepted the challenge and set out to manufacture terra cotta pieces for the project. The project was a sucMiss Barczynski was tasked with cess. Mr. Rorison then started interviewing and shadowing a a successful restoration busiperson whose career choice in- ness, which he ran for terested her, and she shared her 17 years, working with report with us: architects on many projects across the United Story by Kristen Barczynski States and Canada.

Mr. Rorison explained that setbacks are part of any endeavor and it is how you handle adversity that makes the difference.

An artist-in-residence for the Father Ryan Arts Center and a member of its advisory board, Mr. Rorison shared his story with Kristen Barczynski last fall as part of a “Good GREEF” project she was working on.

“Watching Mr. Rorison make a vase so quickly and skillfully on the potters wheel, it was surprising to learn he did not receive formal training in pottery. Mr. Rorison found pottery in a rather unique way. He was looking for a way to improve his dexterity and picked up pottery as a hobby. Although, it would be years before he pursued pottery as a career. Mr. Rorison began teaching English and reading skills in prisons in Ohio, and also start-

Mr. Rorison shared many stories about his career and how perserverance, skill and a

Mr. Rorison’s many interests led him to try different career paths including purchasing director, Web designer, publisher and sales. After retiring, he returned to pottery and clay work, an activity he has always enjoyed. About a year ago, Mr. Rorison discovered the

Father Ryan Art Center where he now works as pottery technician and artist-in-residence. He also believes in giving back to the community. Now that he creates pottery mostly for pleasure, he tries to make the bowls, mugs and other ceramics suitable for everyday use and affordable - pricing them between $10 and $15 with sales benefitting non-profit organizations/causes. Mr. Rorison also offered advice on starting a career in pottery. He said art schools are a good place to start, but cautioned that to be an artist takes initiative, persistence and a love for that art form. I learned a lot from Mr. Rorison. In addition to learning about pottery, I also learned some valuable life lessons from his story - such as ‘To lead a happy, fulfilling life, you need to pursue a career you enjoy.’ Although there are many hardships in life, if you find a way to stay optimistic, persevere and move forward, everything will end up all right. Mr. Rorison was an inspiring man, and I was really honored to be able to interview such a kind, encouraging person.” One in an occasional series on artistsin-residence at the Father Ryan Arts Center. If you have a story submission for AQ, please e-mail arts@forstorox. org or call 412.771.3052 VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION




e are counting down the time until seven StoRox High School students (Amanda Anderson, Terrance Austin, Marissa DeFratti, Terrance Moses, Charlie Thornton, Elizabeth Thornton and Cody Winberg) unveil the Peace Sculpture they have been working on since the beginning of the school year (September 2010) under the Pat Moran, dIRECTOR guidance of artist-in-residence Allyson Holtz, Sto-Rox High Father Ryan Arts Center School teacher Dawn Marshall and Pittsburgh business leaders Toni Felice and Rosa Copeland Miller. Once the fabrication phase is complete at Castriota Metals and Recycling, we will announce the location, date and time of the public unveiling.

Model of: Folded Hands Metal Peace Sculpture

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make stain glass art? Are you interested in sharpening your photo-taking ability? Do you want to get your children away from the Xbox and into a creative atmosphere? Then sign up for our arts classes. Our six-week summer classes begin June 13 and run through July 23 (take a look at pages 4 and 5). During our spring semester we developed three classes for 25 members of Citizen’s Care, Inc., (CCI) a subsidiary of Partners for Quality, Inc. in Coraopolis, that provides support and encouragement for people with disabilities. Students participated in Drawing and Painting; Lanterns, Suncatchers and More; and Creative Drumming classes that ended with a wonderful showcase of their amazing artwork for friends and families.

CITIZEN’S CARE STUDENTS We have many programs, events and classes planned VISUAL Art Class this summer and you can stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Arts Center by following us on Facebook ( or by signing up for our monthly eNewsletter on the home page of our Web site at You can also see short videos of our past events and performances on YouTube ( So, connect with us!

ARTS EDUCATION CLASSES Open arts day - June 4

Finally, to all of our friends, students, volunteers and donors, thank you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years. And remember, our doors are always open, so, stop by and see us!

Learn more about Terry and his craft by following his blog WWW.FATHERRYANARTSCENTER.ORG :: 3

Summer 2011


Classes Begin JUNE 13 - JULY 23


Toddler Dance (Ages 2.5 – 4) Instructor: Sharon Tryc Tue & Thur 10 – 10:45 am Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75 PreSchool Dance (Ages 5 – 6) Instructor: Sharon Tryc Tue & Thur 11 am – 12 pm Mem. $80.75 | Non-Mem. $95 Youth Modern Dance (Ages 7 – 10) Instructor: Rochelle Robinson Tue & Thur 11 am – 12 pm Mem. $80.75 | Non-Mem. $95 Teen Modern Dance (Ages 11 – 16) Instructor: Rochelle Robinson Tue & Thur 12:15 – 1:15 pm Mem. $80.75 | Non-Mem. $95 Middle Eastern “Belly” Dance (All ages) Instructor: Kari Merlina Tue 6:30 – 8 pm Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75 | Walk-ins $15 Line Dancing (Ages 14 – adult) Instructor: Lynne Spatafore Tue 10 am – 11 am OR Wed 11 am – 12 pm Mem. $38.25 | Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10 Adult Tap Dance (Ages 15 – adult) Instructor: Cynthia Jackson Thur 7 – 8:30 pm Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75

Health & Wellness Pilates (Ages 14 – adult) Instructor: Lynne Cochran Wed 9:30 – 10:30 am OR Sat 10 – 11 am Mem. $38.25 | Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10 Gentle Yoga (Ages 15 – adult) Instructor: Diane Macioce Wed 10 – 11 am Mem. $38.25 | Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10 4 :: AQ

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Zumba (Ages 14 – adult) Instructor: Lynne Spatafore Thur 10 – 11 am Mem. $38.25 | Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10

Showbiz II (Ages 7 – 9) Instructor: Tabitha Cuomo Tue & Thur 11 am – 12:30 pm Mem. $106.25 | Non-Mem. $125

Yoga (Ages 15 – adult) Instructor: Nicole Badamo Saturdays 9 – 10 am Mem. $38.25 | Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10

Musical Theater (Ages 8 – 14) Instructor: Mary Chess Randolph Sat 10 am – 12 pm Mem. $80.75 | Non-Mem. $95

Music Around the World I (Ages 4 – 7) Instructor: Carol Vogeley Wed 9:30 – 10:30 am Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75

Preschool Drawing & Painting (Ages 3 – 6) Instructor: Alyssa Jodzis Tue & Thur 9:30 – 10:30 am Mem. $80.75 | Non-Mem. $95


Visual Arts

Music Around the World II (Ages 8 – 12) Instructor: Carol Vogeley Wed 11 am – 12 pm Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75


Creative Drum Circle (All ages) Instructor: Toeknee Bailey Sat 10 – 11 am Mem. $38.25 |Non-Mem. $45 | Walk-ins $10

Youth Drawing & Painting (Ages 7 – 13) Instructor: Alyssa Jodzis Tue & Thur 11 am – 12:15 pm Mem. $85* | Non-Mem. $100*

Private Music Lessons (ages 5 - adult): Guitar Lessons By appointment with Monte Erwin

Adult Pottery (Ages 15 – adult) Instructor: Don Fisher Tue 6:30 – 8:30 pm Mem. $80.75* | Non-Mem. $95*

Piano Lessons By appointment with Carol Vogeley


Violin Lessons By appointment with Anat Kardontchik Drumming Lessons By appointment with Toeknee Bailey


Showbiz I (Ages 4 – 6) Instructor: Tabitha Cuomo Tue & Thur 9:30 – 10:30 am Mem. $85 | Non-Mem. $100

(Ages 10 – adult) Instructor: Matthew Critchfield Tues & Thur 10:30 am – 12 pm Mem. $106.25* | Non-Mem. $125*

Open Studio Art (Ages 12 – adult) Instructor: Fabrizio Gerbino Wed 9:30 – 11:30 am Mem. $63.75* | Non-Mem. $75* Youth Pottery I (Ages 6 – 8) Instructor: Danna Eve Rzecznik Wed 9:30 – 11 am Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75 Youth Pottery II (Ages 9 – 16) Instructor: Danna Rzecznik Wed 11:30 am – 1 pm Mem. $63.75 | Non-Mem. $75

Stain Glass (Ages 14 – adult) Instructor: Lu Ann Prill Thu 6:30 - 8:30 pm Mem. $72.25* | Non-Mem. $85*


Giant Bugs & More (Paper Sculpture) (Ages 7 – 14) Instructor: Beth Magyan Sat 10 - 11:30 am Mem. $63.75* | Non-Mem. $75* Adult Drawing & Painting (Ages 13 – adult) Instructor: Amy DiMichele Sat 10 am – 12 pm Mem. $63.75* | Non-Mem. $75* Sculptural Ceramics (Ages 14 – adult) Instructor: Brandon Boan Sat 11 am – 1 pm Mem. $80.75* | Non-Mem. $95* Oil Painting (Ages 13 – adult) Instructor: Fabrizio Gerbino Sat 1 – 3 pm Mem. $63.75* | Non-Mem. $75*


Digital Photography for Youth (Ages 12 – 18) Instructor: Christopher Rolinson Sat., July 9 & Sat., July 16 (10 am – 12 pm) Mem. $30* | Non-Mem. $45* Digital Photography for Adults (Ages 19 – adult) Instructor: Christopher Rolinson Sat., July 9 & Sat., July 16 (12:30 – 4pm) Mem. $59.50* | Non-Mem. $70* Understanding Dreams - FREE (Ages 18 – adult) Instructor: Don Laird, MS, NCC, LPC Sat., June 18 (10 am - 12 pm) [Donations accepted - benefit Father Ryan Arts Center] Reducing Stress & Preventing Burnout: Restoring Balance in Your Life - FREE (Ages 18 – adult) Instructor: Don Laird, MS, NCC, LPC Sat., July 16 (10 am - 12 pm) [Donations accepted - benefit Father Ryan Arts Center] * Indicates classes requiring additional supplies, tools, instruments or materials (not included in the class fee). Register before or on June 10, and receive a $5 discount on class tuition only, excluding private music lessons. Payment MUST be received before or on Friday, June 10, 2011! Classes and availability are subject to change or cancellation due to low student enrollment. Partialscholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Installment payment plans are accepted too. Supply lists will be available online. Receive an additional 15% discount on classes when you become a member.

May 2011

Reflections of Women: Art Gallery

Friday, May 6 (6 pm) - runs through May 25 Enjoy an eclectic collection of watercolors, prints, pen & ink and pencil drawings, jewelry and photography from seven local artists including Marygrace Antkowski, Roberta Bennett, Linda Galati, Ann Heckel, Marie Long, Marita Maloney, and Evelyn Turocy throughout the month of May.

Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving Wednesday, May 11 (12 am - 11:59 pm)

24-hour donation match & art awareness campaign. Every donation of at least $15 will be eligible. Please remember the Father Ryan Arts Center []

Pump Boys & Dinettes

May 20 - 29, 2011 Fri. & Sat. (7:30 pm) Sun. (2 pm) Presented by Actors Civic Theater All Tickets are $12 call 412.394.3353

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Saturday, May 21 (registration 7:45 am) @ Heinz Field

Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet

presents “PROGRESSION” Friday, June 24 (7 pm) The continuation of extraordinary dance by an exciting eclectic contemporary ballet company


July 11 - August 10, Monday thru Friday

Children’s Hospital Head Injury Awareness/Helmet Give-a-way

Saturday, July 16 (morning/afternoon)

Summer 2011 Arts SHOWCASE

Sunday, July 24 (3 pm)

June 2011 August 2011 Open Arts Day

Saturday, June 4 (11 am - 2 pm) FREE hands-on ARTS activities and demonstrations

Sponsored by a grant from Sewickley Child’s Health Association

Deshea Townsend's Pay It Forward Football Camp, Cheerleading Clinic & Health Fair Saturday, June 18 (9 am - 2 pm) @ Sto-Rox High School (field & gym) 1105 Valley Street, McKees Rocks PA 15136

ALL PARTICIPATING YOUTH MUST REGISTER! Registration Deadline is June 3, 2011 Visit for info

Peace Camp

August 1 - 5 8:30 am - 3:45 pm

Open to children age 6 to 12 Registration fee is $75/per child and partial scholarships are available! Call for 412.771.3052 more information or to register. Coming FALL 2011 MARK YOUR CALENDAR: SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2011 Third Annual ART on the ROX Benefit PRINTS AVAILABLE - Now you can order a print of your favorite photograph from our archives for only $5! Call 412.771.3052 or e-mail WWW.FATHERRYANARTSCENTER.ORG :: 5


with Illustrator

BRANDON JENNINGS AQ: When did you first know your call- AQ: What inspires you? AQ: How did you become an illustrator/ ing was to become an artist? BRANDON: Other artists. I love to educator? BRANDON: At the age of five. see what other artists are doing. BRANDON: Ever since I was a child, I Also, by looking at art that was creloved to draw. I attended several art AQ: What is the first lesson you teach ated centuries ago. schools and continued to practice. I your students? graduated from the Art Institute of BRANDON: Self-confidence & how to see. AQ: How do you usually work - do you Pittsburgh and began to work as an Illushave a concept and sketch it out in trator/Graphic designer. After working AQ: What is your illustrating process? one fell swoop or do you come up with in the industry for several years, I de- BRANDON: Thorough research first, an idea and tweak it over time? cided to give back by teaching what I gathering references and the con- BRANDON: I usually do a series of have learned through experience. cept development. concept sketches first.



Chartiers Crossing (formerly McKees Rocks Plaza)

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The Athlete's Foot Big Lots ACE Cash Express Rite Aid Rocks Pop & Beer Wine & Spirits Subway

communities we serve the

in which we work

Allegheny Financial Group Anthony M. Musmanno Funeral Home (see ad page 9) Clearview Federal Credit Union General Wire Spring Co. Geo V. Hamilton, Inc. (see ad page 7) Jim Crivelli Chevrolet LaRoche College (see ad page 7) Mancini's Bakery (see ad this page) Massaro Corporation (see ad page 9) Point Park University (see ad page 7) Szal Funeral Home (see ad this page) The Shoppes at Chartiers Crossing

AQ: How long does it usually take you to create a piece, from concept to completed illustration? BRANDON: It depends on the size of the illustration and my choice of medium. I did an illustration using oil paint that took me four weeks to finish. AQ: How do you inject personality and emotion into your characters? BRANDON: I based them off of people that I have encountered over the years, friends, colleagues, family etc.

AQ: In this world of computers and technology, do you believe designers need to know how to draw? BRANDON: Absolutely!!! The computer will only do what the artist commands it to do. One still must have a good understanding of basic drawing, perspective, depth, color, composition, proportion etc.


on an upcoming episode of Studio 420 @ the Father Ryan Arts Center on MOON TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION (MCA-TV) Channel 14 Comcast & 35 Verizon FiOS in the Moon Twp., viewing area (15108). Then send us an e-mail at arts@ to tell us what you think or to talk about what other arts features you’d like to see on Studio 420. Learn more about MCA-TV and its programming at

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AQ: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? BRANDON: The fact that I am a jokester, I love to make people laugh. I think you have to have a sense of humor to be a cartoonist!





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ith strong common interests in under-served populations and enhancing the quality of life for residents throughout the region, Deshea Townsend’s Pay It Forward Foundation, through the Executive Director Barbara Kubala, is working with us to plan supportive activities and programs throughout the year including a Football Camp, Cheerleading Clinic and Health Fair in June; our annual Peace Camp and a Back-to-School supply drive in August; and the annual Jingle Bell Blitz holiday toy drive in December. On June 18, Mr. Townsend will be joined by former teammates to teach children fundamental football skills, with an emphasis on good sportsmanship, academic success, respect, responsibility and leadership (at the Sto-Rox High School field and gym). The health fair stresses fitness, the importance of healthy eating habits and good nutrition. To register visit Mr. Townsend, a native of Batesville, Miss., played quarterback for the South Panola Tigers, leading the team to an undefeated 15-0 record in 1993. He continued his football career at the University of Alabama before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, where he played 12 seasons as a defensive back earning two Super Bowl rings. His final year as a player, was with the Indianapolis Colts. This season, Mr. Townsend will make his coaching debut with the Arizona Cardinals as assistant defensive backs coach.

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Take a trip Down the Rabbit Hole and into a fantastical realm where time runs backwards and “MADness” reigns during the FATHER RYAN ARTS CENTER’s third anniversary benefit celebration. We invite you to step Through the Looking Glass and enjoy live performances on two stages, an all glass art exhibit, live and silent auctions, Roxy Award presentation, the Mad Hatter photo booth, a cast of celebrity Wonderland characters, a larger-than-life Chess match and other whimsical games, costume contest and a variety of dishes and libations. Curiouser and curiouser... Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes inspired by the characters of Lewis Carroll's ”Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and ”Through the Looking Glass.”A prize in recognition of the most creative costume will be awarded! For our shy guests, we encourage you to ”pick a side” by wearing either RED or WHITE attire. You won’t want to be late for this very important date! For tickets, sponsorships & info, call 412.771.3052.


DIDYOUKNOW? T he Father Ryan Arts Center specializes in education and cultural enrichment across a spectrum of art forms including theater, music, dance, visual arts and literary arts. Our network of awardwinning, experienced and qualified teaching artists provide professional, comprehensive and specialized arts instruction for children, youth and adults that encourage creative expression and development. Two of our teaching artists, Brandon Boan and Fabrizio Gerbino were selected by Dan Byers, associate curator of contemporary art for the Carnegie Museum of Art to present their work in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial, which features a multi-generational mix of artists from or living in Pittsburgh. The Biennial opens June 17 and runs through Sept. 18 at four co-presenting venues including Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. Brandon Boan was born in Concord, North Carolina and currently lives and works in Pittsburgh. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Delaware. He has been invited to participate in many national and international exhibitions and performances. Brandon has been a visiting art instructor at Carnegie Museum of Art, Ohio University, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, University of Oregon and University of Delaware.

Fabrizio Gerbino is an Italian artist who was born in Tripoli, Libya. He graduated from the Istituto Statale D’Arte and attended the Scuola Libera del Nudo at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. In 2003 he moved to Pittsburgh where he lives and works. He exhibited his work extensively in Florence and other Italian cities as well as Germany. Since moving to the United States, Fabrizio has turned his attention more fully to painting and has found inspiration from urban spaces, industrial buildings and abandoned industrial objects. His current work explores found objects using oil paint and acrylic latex color on canvas. Danna Rzecznik, our ceramics and pottery teaching artist, was awarded the Emerging Artist Scholarship Award and winning a featured spot in the Three Rivers Arts Festival this summer (stop by her booth during the arts festival Wednesday June 8 to Sunday June 12). Danna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Crafts with a concentration in Ceramics from Edinboro University. She earned her Pennsylvania K-12 Art Education Teaching Certification from Carlow University and was awarded a work-study scholarship at Penland School of Craft in Penland, SC. Danna has taught all ages and levels from college to elementary school in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Her art has been featured in numerous galleries in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. Danna has also been awarded an assistantship into the Masters program for ceramics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. - Congratulations to all of our artists!

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UPCOMING EVENTS Mark Your Calendar:


For more information or to find out how you can help, call 412-771-6460 or visit:

Saturday, May 21

Your Source for News, Information & Highlights from Focus On Renewal


Focus On Renewal is pleased to be one of 67 non-profits participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 21 at Heinz Field. Last year, 67 walkers and numerous sponsors raised $5,484! This year our goal is $7,500 for the agency’s emergency food pantry. Please join us for this fun event. For more information, to register to walk or to make a pledge, please visit

New Examination Tables Representatives from St. Clair Hospital recently visited the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Family Health Center to donate three new examination tables. Pictured above: FOR health center staff and St. Clair Hospital employees pause for a photograph with one of the new tables.

Thursday, June 23

Gifts and Grants Gratefully Received Allegheny County Regional Asset District (RAD) awarded $2,250 for the Father Ryan Arts Center. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PA Partners) awarded $1,468 for arts programming offered through the Father Ryan Arts Center for the children of FOR´s Positive Parenting Program. Thank you to Michelle Hall, Kristin Krause, and Just Between Friends consignors. Through their generosity, JBF contributed more than $14,000 worth of children's and maternity items from the spring 2011 JBF Consignment Sales Event. This past year has been one of tremendous financial difficulty at FOR, so it is with much gratitude that we were chosen to receive your donations once again. We have already distributed the clothes, toys, books, DVDs and maternity goods to families in need. Thank you for your continued and generous support. Best wishes to you and your families.

FOR eBay Store Focus On Renewal is looking for volunteers interested in helping with it's new eBay store - duties include sorting new and gently used clothing, taking photos of the items and writing descriptions about the listings, which will be posted and sold on eBay. Volunteers will gain experience on how to start and operate a successful business on eBay! Youth volunteers can also earn community service hours. For info, please contact Chris Crytzer at 412.771.6460, ext. 305. Every item purchased benefits programs and services offered by Focus On Renewal. FOR is being assisted in its eBay fundraising by Margie Rose of Windgap, who owns and operates Inspired By Angels Imports. 10 :: AQ

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PSO Community Partners Concert


BOYZ II MEN JUNE 23, 2011 • 7:30 PM • HEINZ HALL




Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh for the eighth annual PSO Community Partners Concert. This year’s performance features the sounds of Boyz II Men and the winner of the renowned 2011 Sphinx Competition, Paul Laraia. The PSO’s Community Partners Concerts have raised more than $539,000 for partnering nonprofit groups since they began in 2004.

2 011 P a r t i c i p a t i n g N o n p ro fi t C o m m u n i ty P art n e rs/ C o d e s Thank you to the following 25 nonprofit organizations who are participants in the 2011 Community Partners Program: 23845 23846 23847 23848 23849 23850 23851 23852 23853 23854 23855 23856 23857

Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD) African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA Amachi Pittsburgh Cancer Caring Center Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) Focus On Renewal Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Homeless Children's Education Fund Kuntu Repertory Theatre Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading & Cultural Center Mission Vision Naomi's Place Transitional Housing

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Pittsburgh Community Television PLEA Renaissance City Choirs Salvation Army Tickets for Kids Charities Transitional Services, Inc. Urban Impact Foundation Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Ursuline Senior Services Ward Home, Inc. Western PA Humane Society YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh


FOR TICKETS CALL 412.392.4900 • 800.743.8560 OR VISIT LEAD SPONSOR

Tickets prices range from $25.75 to $95.75 Please indicate your preferred community partner and their code when ordering your tickets.

Tickets are selling fast for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Community Partners Concert at Heinz Hall. This year features a not-to-be-missed concert with the most successful R & B group of all time – Boyz II Men. Please join us for this special night that benefits FOR. Call 412.392.4900 and mention our code 23851, when you order your tickets. FOR receives the entire ticket price, except for the 75 cents processing fee. Big thanks to Lane Construction in Bridgeville for underwriting the cost of 25 tickets, so that area young people can attend this unforgettable night free of charge.

Fridays in May/June Happy Hour Yoga

Relax and renew with Happy Hour Yoga at the SterlingYoga andWellness Center (2889 Glenmore Avenue, Dormont PA 15216). Start the weekend off right by giving to yourself and to others every Friday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Donations collected during May and June will support the Ready to L.E.A.D 2011 Youth Summit, which is sponsored in part by Focus On Renewal.

Special Thanks

Pittsburgh Cares: Hoops for Hope

Thank you Elaine Edwards and the Pittsburgh Young Leaders of Langley High School for selecting the Father Ryan Arts Center as your team’s non-profit beneficiary. As the winning team in the basketball tournament, Team Langley raised $839 for the Arts Center. “We are so excited and humbled by the students’ generosity. The winnings will go toward scholarships for children in our neighborhood who are unable to afford the cost of tuition,“ said Pat Moran, Father Ryan Arts Center director. To learn more about our partnerships or to discuss how you can partner with us, please call 412.771.3052 or visit

Acting F

ather Ryan Arts Center was one of a group of organization’s selected to participate in the Pittsburgh Public School’s innovative summer camp. The Summer Dreamers Academy is a premier camp to engage students in learning and fun during the summer months. Summer Dreamers Academy campers spend five-weeks with friends, reading great books and participating in unique, fun activities. A fastpaced literacy block is designed to include fascinating literacy-based projects that support and challenge campers in the areas that will benefit them the most. High-caliber activities are provided through partnerships with some of the best organizations the city of Pittsburgh has

to offer. During registration, campers have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of options. Exploratory excursions, guest speakers, book fairs, and library visits are also part of the camper experience. At the end of the summer, each camper will showcase the development of his or her interests and strengthened literacy skills through project, demonstration, or presentation. Visit: to learn more about the program. We are excited to be a part of this important program by providing a nurturing, inclusive environment for Pittsburgh Public School children to develop their imaginations, gain confidence as readers, explore subjects/characters more thoroughly and, best of all, to have fun!



Experience the arts (11 am - 2 pm) through FREE DEMONSTRATIONS and HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES in HEALTH/WELLNESS, DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER, and VISUAL ARTS. Sponsored by a grant from the Sewickley Child’s Health Association. Call 412.771.3052 or e-mail for details. SUMMER 2011 @ the ARTS CENTER: • Third & Fourth grade students from the Pittsburgh Spring Hill (camp site) • Five–week session: July 11 – August 10 • Monday – Friday; 1 pm – 4 pm Acting OUT! (Reader’s Theater) Join in on the FUN of telling a story in the spotlight on a real theater stage! You and your friends will have a BLAST making a world of adventure and fantasy by creating AWESOME characters and WAY COOL scenery. BECOME A STAR for your friends and family as you “ACT OUT” your favorite characters with new friends while sharpening your reading, speaking and teambuilding skills! At the end of camp, campers will present a public performance to family and friends in the art center’s Baverso Theater. WWW.FATHERRYANARTSCENTER.ORG :: 11



Father Ryan Arts Center 420 Chartiers Avenue McKees Rocks, PA 15136 We invite you to become a part of our exciting Art community! Explore and experience for yourself some of our many wonderful opportunities:

• Art classes for youth & adults • Art field days for your school • Visit or propose a gallery exhibit • Host a celebration or party • Take a workshop • Host an event or meeting • Donate or become a volunteer Feel free to contact us with questions.

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420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136 412.771.3052 | Registration fee is $75/per child & partial scholarships are available! Call for info: Peace Camp is a collaborative effort of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Father Ryan Arts Center, MGR Foundation and Deshea Townsend's Pay It Forward Foundation. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to participate in our weeklong, day camp that explores the themes of respect for self, others and nature, communication, forgiveness, and courage through artistic activities including dance, visual arts, drumming, drama and creative play.

August 1 - August 5 (8:30 am - 3:45 pm)



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