The Northside Cultural Corridor is a place-making initiative that will better connect Pittsburgh's Northside through wayfinding and cultural and economic development.
The Northside Cultural Corridor is a place-making initiative that will better connect Pittsburgh's Northside through continued cultural and economic development and encouraging wayfinding through accessible recreational space. The Corridor will focus on the approximate one-mile passage from the Mattress Factory to the Andy Warhol Museum. Through (1) wayfinding initiatives and public art, (2) collaborative mapping and marketing, and (3) joint programming, including a free day, the Corridor, inclusive of all institutions and the surrounding community, becomes a destinations in and of itself.
The Northside Cultural Corridor officially launched September 30, 2021 with a Corridor Free Day, which featured free admission and family-friendly activities offered by each of the Corridor partners.
Additionally, September 30 marked the launch of new walking maps for the Northside Cultural Corridor. The Corridor partners worked with Grounded Strategies to develop the maps.
Grounded is also leading a multi-month stakeholder engagement process with Northside residents. Grounded mailed thousands of survey cards to Northside residents, with drop-off locations throughout the area, and is interviewing various Northside stakeholders. These surveys and interviews will guide the Corridor partners to better serve Northside neighbors and to strengthen their roles as community resources.
The Mattress Factory served as project lead. Mattress Factory Executive Director Hayley Haldeman states: “We are incredibly excited about the launch of the Corridor. At the September 30 Free Day, we look forward to welcoming both longtime Northside residents and those new to the area. Our new Northside Cultural Corridor maps promote the accessibility and openness of our institutions and discovery of the spaces between.”
“All of our institutions are fortunate to call the Northside home,” Haldeman continues. “Through this project, we hope to strengthen our connections with our neighboring communities. We are very grateful to RAD for its support of this project.”
- The Andy Warhol Museum
- The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
- City of Asylum
- The National Aviary
- Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
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