America's Arts & Music Crossroads Center (AAMCC)
America's Arts & Music Crossroads Center focuses on the creation and management of arts-focused community programs for adults and underprivileged youth that blend arts education with entrepreneurship and career development. In collaboration with 20 community partners, AAMCC provides arts education, career coaching and exploration, internships, and entrepreneurial advice through its broad network of professional teaching artists and career coaches. AAMCC is currently collaborating with regional and national thought leaders to provide access to effective "STEAM" programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics), in which creativity and arts education are incorporated into "STEM" educational programming.
The center is named for Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood whose legendary diversity in culture, businesses and ethnic communities gave rise to its historic nickname: "Crossroads of the World."
Our programming continues to evolve in response to community demand, with an emphasis on collaborating with other key creative, career and community organizations, both regionally and nationally. Current programs include:
DreamMakers Creativity & Careers Program This program engages professional artists and musicians to instruct youth in the "language of the arts." Students are encouraged to express their personal dreams and goals through their chosen art form. For older youth, this program connects motivated learners with career coaches, internships, and access to educational and career opportunities, including to regional workforce development initiatives such as the Energy Innovation Center.
Tess Senay Raynovich Earth & Art Fund This Fund supports AAMCC programs that teach talented but underserved youth in their own community environments. The fund and its programs remember and honor the life and career of artist Tess Senay Raynovich, who died in 2012. A unique and generous woman, Tess made an impact on many in her too-short twenty years, and this fund hopes to continue her positive impact through innovative programming for motivated youth. This fund also assists the Crossroads Center with broader visual arts program creation and management. Please see www.tessenay.com for more information.
Creative & Entertainment Entrepreneurs Accelerator This incubator and accelerator program helps creative professionals to accelerate their entrepreneurial and career success through access to start-up and business advice, opportunities for revenue creation such as teaching and live performance, and collaboration with synergistic initiatives and projects both regionally and nationally.
The Crawford Grill Jazz Shrine Renovation This Crossroads Center has recruited a group of regional social investors to save the historic Crawford Grill Jazz Club, which is known nationally and internationally as a "national jazz shrine.” Music greats including John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, George Benson and many others performed here for US presidents, sports stars and music lovers alike. Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation is leading efforts to renovate and preserve this venue as a music-based legacy, education, performance and cultural center.
Our band of angels
The Crossroads Center thanks our Band of Angels—those organizations, foundations, and individuals who have so generously assisted the start-up and growth of the Center through donations and volunteering. To assist the continued programming and operations through a charitable contribution, volunteering, hosting a fundraising event, or otherwise, please contact Jessica Lee, Director.