Speak Out…What is your response to the financial troubles of the August Wilson Center?

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The August Wilson Center for African American Culture recently revealed it was having financial difficulties so we asked Pittsburghers what they felt should be done. Here’s what you said.

“I knew it was in trouble when I stopped receiving mailers. It is not supported enough by the larger community enabling it to market and spread information. It needs more funding to get info out to the community about what’s going on.”
Shirlene Thomas
Salon owner
Bellevue

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“I think that the funders need to give money to the August Wilson Center to keep it open. Since it was built and so much money was already spent to put it Downtown, the funders need to do what it takes to keep it open. Many people cannot afford the programming; the cost needs to be more reasonable.”
Velva Millender
Homemaker
Wilkinsburg

“I think the August Wilson Center would not have the trouble they are having if they started off grass roots working with the community before they even built the building. They should reach out to the neighborhoods and organizations that work with the demographics that they are trying to get into the building.”
Lee Davis
Outreach coordinator
Braddock

“I think it’s a sad state of affairs that there is such a large debt and that there has been mention of closing the center. They need more funding, whether privately or through their programming.”
Charles Williams
Business owner
Squirrel Hill

“I wasn’t aware that there were financial troubles but it seems that Downtown does not get a lot of traffic. I think they should market to the community more so that people are more aware of what’s going on and what the center needs in order to remain operational.”
Sabrina Mobley
House sitter
Swissvale

“It was long overdue for something like the August Wilson Center to be built in Pittsburgh, but it’s a shame that our culture and community cannot get the funding to support it. Is it not as important as the new arena? It’s a shame that we cannot get the help we need when White establishments get what they want.”
TaQueist Fields
Actor
Wilkinsburg

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