Lawrenceville Building Press Release & News

Press Release Summary

Contemporary Craft (CC) is buying a permanent home in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

The building’s purchase and renovation will be a $5.5 million investment in the future of arts and culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Its new home will be at 5637 Butler Street in a former manufacturing facility. Construction is slated to begin in July with a grand opening planned for March 2020.

“Our new home represents a transformational moment for Contemporary Craft” said Janet McCall, Executive Director, Contemporary Craft. “We have an opportunity now to reach an even wider audience for our diverse range of nationally-renowned exhibitions, further our commitment to local artists, and expand our extensive public and student education and outreach activities.”

By relocating, CC’s annual economic impact of $3.9 million will help revitalize Upper Lawrenceville, a historically industrial area that is already an incubator for many entrepreneurs and artisans. “Clustering” with other creative businesses and makers will amplify the creative synergy and arts collaborations within the community, increase foot traffic, and have a positive economic impact for all.

The organization will continue to operate out of its current space in the Strip District until the end of 2019.

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News Regarding the New Lawrenceville Building

After 33 Years, Arts Group Bids Farewell To The Strip
WESA 90.5 | Bill O’Driscoll | August 19, 2019

18 Pittsburgh groups get over $15 million in RACP funds
NEXTpittsburgh | Bill O’Toole | August 7, 2019

Contemporary Craft receives $500,000 from state
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mary Thomas | August 2, 2019

How and why Contemporary Craft is moving to Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Marylynne Pitz | April 18, 2019

Contemporary Craft says goodbye to the Strip District
Pittsburgh City Paper | Amanda Waltz | March 26, 2019

Contemporary Craft moving to new location
WPXI-TV | February 14, 2019

Contemporary Craft To Move Galleries, Studios To Upper Lawrenceville
90.5 WESA | Bill O’Driscoll | February 14, 2019

Pittsburgh’s Contemporary Craft Announces New Home In Upper Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh Current | Amanda Reed | February 14, 2019

Contemporary Craft leaving Strip District for Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Marylynne Pitz | February 14, 2019

BuildingContemporary Craft moving to new $5.5 million home in Lawrenceville
Trib Total Media | Paul Guggenheimer | February 14, 2019

Contemporary Craft announces new location in Lawrenceville. Check it out here.
NEXTpittsburgh | Bill O’Toole | February 13, 2019

Contemporary Craft finds new location, will reveal it next week
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Anya Sostek | February 8, 2019

 

Contemporary Craft's Exhibition Space in the new Lawrenceville facility
Architectural rendering of CC’s lobby and exhibition space in the new facility.
Courtesy of GBBN Architects.