Skip to main content

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms

Early American Classroom (supposedly haunted!) from the wiki page

Today my son had a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. For those of you who don't know what they are, they are a series of rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt (the big tower you see in photos) that were donated by local ethnic groups. There are 27 rooms in all depicting many of the cultures that founded Pittsburgh. Here is the wiki link. I included the wiki because you can get a good overview without having to have adobe flash. If you'd like to see the University of Pittsburgh link, click here. Most of the rooms are actually used as classrooms for Pitt students. Lots of rooms have art and museum pieces. There are about 6 or so more rooms being planned.

I know I must have seen these rooms - at some point, every schoolchild in the Pittsburgh area does a field trip here (along with the zoo, Kennywood, the Carnegie Museum!!!). But for the life of me, I just can't remember it. I really think I'm going to do my own field trip in one of the next few weeks - it's only $3 admission for adults!


SummersStudio said…
What an interesting trip to take and what a great way for children to learn to be culturally aware. It's also such a nice tribute to the different groups who have made Pittsburgh home.

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!

Art Elements February Theme Challenge - Birds of Prey

Cathy Mendola chose Birds of Prey for the theme this month, and it's a pretty awesome theme. You are going to see some amazing work by my team members and the guests who have participated this month! I had plans of doing more than I did, as indicated by the purchases I made for the projects I had in my head. However, I have been doing some work in my house, so whenever time permitted, meaning after work and weekend hours, we were pretty much doing the room renovations. One of them is going to be my study/studio, and I seem to be foiled at every move by trying to get some work tables. So I have only one small project to show you this month.  But first, the purchases!

This first Bali carved owl totem I got from fifirosedesigns on etsy - I wanted to make a mold and make my own cabochon to use in a necklace. However, I really did get around to doing that. So, I purchased the owl heads below.

These owl head cabochons are from ArtisticVariations84 on etsy - they are just fantastic, but …