Saturday, November 6, 2021
An open car at Museum Road, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
Community Spotlights

Today's theme is community—from our community partners and community events to an exploration of community through art, artifact, and custom handiwork.

In this week's featured article, we take a look at a new exhibit coming to the region—The Rolling Melting Pot, presented by the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Take a read to learn how folks will be able to immersive themselves in an era of our region's industrial past though an exploration of its trolley system and its riders—revealing what was typically a multilingual way to get to work and traverse neighboring communities.

That said, you don't have to wait for The Rolling Melting Pot exhibition to open to immerse yourself in a recollection of our regional history. Our current exhibition Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective offers joyful depictions of Kennywood, Turtle Creek, and community scenes throughout Pittsburgh—particularly the Mon Valley. Stop by the Bost Building at noon today for a gallery walk with co-curator Barbara Jones or sign up for the companion event on November 20 with Ron Baraff.

If you missed last night's Homestead Live Fridays, you've got one more chance to experience this community event and enjoy a night of live music and art on November 19

Before we go, one tidbit of interesting news to share. In 2021, more than 700 people—including students, children, artists, and everyday adults looking for a creative experience—participated in a Rivers of Steel Metal Arts program. Our last workshop of the season, The Doodle Bowl Experience, is coming up on November 14 and we have just a few spots left if you'd like to join this ever-growing community of artisans! No prerequisites required!
Community Spotlight: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Creates 'Rolling Melting Pot' Experience
Our Community Spotlight series features Rivers of Steel’s partner organizations whose work contributes to the vibrancy of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Check out this month's story to discover what's on the horizon for the Pennsylvania Trolley Musuem.
Curator-Led Gallery Talks
November 6, 2021, 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. and November 20, 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
Bost Building, Homestead
Appreciate the artwork of Kathleen Ferri with insights shared from the exhibition’s curators. Stop by at noon today to join Barbara L. Jones, chief curator at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, as she offers a curatorial perspective of the exhibition Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective, or sign up now for our next talk with Ron Baraff on November 20.
Homestead Live Fridays
November 19, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Presented by Rivers of Steel and the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone, and located in multiple venues throughout Homestead’s Eighth Avenue business district, Homestead Live Fridays features local performers each evening from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Grab a drink or bite to eat and check out some of the region’s best, live local music!
The Doodle Bowl Experience
Sunday, November 14, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Take advantage of your last chance of the season to doodle your own bowl! Take a class with a friend—create a special gift for the holiday season or unique piece of art for yourself. Join us to explore the metal casting process!
Help preserve our region’s industrial and cultural heritage! Your tax-deductible contribution will help ensure that Rivers of Steel can continue to offer vital, engaging, community-based arts, education, and heritage programs for the residents of southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.