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Explore the August Wilson African American Cultural Center's first permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of Pittsburgh’s favorite playwright
Get a glimpse inside the life and works of August Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright at the permanent exhibit dedicated to his extraordinary essence. August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape is a 3,600-square-foot permanent exhibition located in the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC), conveniently located in the Culutral District of Downtown Pittsburgh.
August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape takes a deep dive into Wilson’s life, including a window into Pittsburgh’s Hill District, where he was born and raised, the influential people he interacted with throughout his life and, of course, his award-winning work. The exhibition showcases the universal themes the prolific playwright tackled and the continued relevance of his work such as issues of race, representation, family and community.
The exhibition is presented in story-form and includes the following sections:
August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape is open daily and free of charge but requires timed ticketing to enter. Learn more about the AWAACC health and safety guidelines here.
August Wilson is a famed playwright born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The two-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning, critically acclaimed playwright was a leading writer of the 20th century. A few of his popular plays included ‘Ma Rainey's Black Bottom’, ‘Fences’ and ‘The Piano Lesson,’ all of which are part of his 10-play collection titled, ‘The Pittsburgh Cycle.’
Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is a multi-purpose venue featuring three art galleries, live performance spaces, meeting areas and unique educational classrooms for the young and old alike. Designed by renowned architect Allison Williams, the AWAACC is both a visually iconic landmark welcoming visitors to the eastern entrance of the Cultural District and a beacon of cultural excellence for the global arts community.