There are many organizations located in Pittsburgh that are dedicated to the youth of our region. However, there is one program that is making a difference; that place is the Creative Arts Corner.

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s Creative Arts Corner offers a free audio/visual training program that’s free for all HACP Residents.

STUDENT JOURNALISTS—Keith Butler-Brown and Billie Patterson interview Dan Hart.

CAC students are provided with a unique opportunity to cultivate their creative strengths in a state of the art studio environment, learning how to compose and contribute to broadcast quality productions using professional techniques and equipment. The students also take and develop high quality digital photographs using SLR cameras and software like Photoshop.

The center is also attempting to broaden the understanding of the ins and outs of the music and film industries from marketing to distribution; assisting the students with writing and producing their own music and CDs; and capturing and editing a wide range of video projects. With facilities in both Bedford Dwellings and Northview Heights Estates, training programs are available to every HACP resident. CAC program participation provides students an opportunity to get hands-on with exciting new technologies and attain valuable and applicable skills ( website).

Two of the exemplary students from the Creative Arts Corner, Keith Butler-Brown and Billie Patterson, recently accompanied their CAC Instructor Mike Strati and me to PNC Park to cover the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fellow student Chris Hall also attended. The students and their teacher were guests of the Pirates. They were given press box access and interviewed KDKA-TV sports anchor and broadcasting legend Bob Pompeani and the Assistant Media Relations Director for the Pirates Dan Hart. Pompeani revealed why an aspiring golf career was cut short.

The students also got a chance to hang out with Dan Hart the number two man of the Pirates’ media relations department. Like Bob Pompeani, Hart was gracious and accommodating with the students allotting them more than 20 minutes to fire away.

Something tells me from the reaction that the powers-that-be had to see these young students have a great future before them in whatever profession that they choose.

It was a great night for the students from Creative Arts Corner and possibly even a greater night for baseball, possibly making a comeback in urban Pittsburgh.

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