Open Hours: 4-9pm weekdays, 12-4 Saturdays and special events
We are a 100% volunteer run non-profit, 501c3.
How long has it been in existence?
We opened our doors April 2011.
What was your motivation?
There wasn’t a space like this in Pittsburgh. I had experienced similar spaces in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but none had a kid focus as well.
We really aim to be a place where people can share knowledge in social settings through hands on activities. One that can be great for all ages and experiential learning. Assemble is an open physical space in an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh. We unite artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics. Assemble provides a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes and building confidence through making.
We have some grant funded programs, a lot is from donations. We aim to keep our programs affordable to the kids of our community, from free – $5. Some times we go up to $35 for a series.
The Activities Committee is in charge of the programing but we are open for others to volunteer and program the space as well!
We have events almost every day! We have new exhibitions every month . They open on the first friday and close on the last friday. They open for the gallery crawl on our street. The artists/makers/technologists featured for the month are also required to have an artist talk and or a workshop where the public can ask questions on how they made it, why they made it, how they could do it too, etc.
We have openings, workshops, movie screenings, learning parties, bands, and fundraisers. We are open to experimentation and interesting things.
We are here to serve the community so we are here to give them what they want. We do after school programs for kids in our neighborhood because they are underserved and need them.
All shows need to be experiential and experimental. They should have some interactive aspect to the show.
We are not 100% financially sustainable to have employees. When we do, we will be able to have better metrics for our programs and events.
Assemble envisions a diverse community that creates, connects, and learns through the experience of art and technology.
The new things that happen and future collaborations that come out of our space!
James McAnally is the executive editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review. A graduate of Washington University, James McAnally is a founder, Co-Director, and Curator of The Luminary Center for the Arts, a nonprofit artist resourcing organization based in St. Louis. In his personal practice, he works as part of the artistic collaborative US English.