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Mister Rogers visited Heinz and learned how to make vegetable soup.
Soup is still being made here, but not by the Heinz and not in the historic factories… they have become the Heinz Lofts. The management kept the names of the divisions, such as Cereal and Meat for the floor names and talk about their ‘amazing’ amenities, but they can’t compete with the amenities that Mr. Heinz offered his workers.
Heinz employees had access to a pool, a gym, a rooftop garden, a library, free sewing and cooking classes, an employees’ auditorium that featured free entertainment from top-notch performers, carriage and boat rides in summer, and even a manicurist on staff to give free manicures!
A BIG thank you to The Sprout Fund for their generous support of Next Question’s The Neighborhood Revisited, which will take place this Friday from 1-3 as part of Open Engagement. And thanks also to Matthew Wein for his piece, Socially Engaged Art in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which you can read here: http://www.sproutfund.org/…/socially-engaged-art-in-mister…/
If you are interested in joining us, and we hope are you, meet at the corner of Tech and Margaret Morrison on CMU’s campus around 12:45! Look for the trolley! It’s first come first serve, so come early!
Join the Next Question this Friday for a trolley tour inspired by Mister Rogers’ field trips into the real neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers made trips to factories and other businesses, many of which were in Pittsburgh, where his show was produced. These memorable segments made hidden labor visible, emphasizing the importance of each worker’s contributions. While some of these businesses are still manufacturing products, others have become upscale apartments or technology companies.
The tour will take participants to some of these sites to see the many ways that the “Neighborhood” has changed, and some ways that it has stayed the same. We’ll travel through the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods to visit Mister Rogers’ real home and his television home WQED, the birthplace of public television. We’ll drive by the iconic giants of food industry, Heinz and Nabisco, and learn what workers did inside. We’ll visit the Carnegie Library in Homewood and stop in at the Heinz History Center for a very special ‘speedy’ visit.
The tour departs Friday April 17 at 1:00 from the corner of Tech and Margaret Morrison on CMU’s campus. Look for the trolley! Come early as space is limited.
This project is part of the Open Engagement conference and is supported by The Sprout Fund with in-kind donations from David Newell and the Heinz History Center.
Friday September 9
Projection night and vernnissage in Darmstadt.
NQ hosted an ‘after-school’ workshop for kids (and adults, too) on how to make handheld camera obscuras from recycled tissue boxes. Kids were quick to find the connection between the image on the screen to video and some made adaptations to the design.. of their ‘video’ cameras. See more images here: workshop
A big thanks to Linsey and Ethan who are leaving today. Thanks to the International Forest Art Center (IWZ) for hosting them (and for my two month residency too!)
While the show was open we met with people daily to show them how to use the handheld camera obscuras.
Vogelfrei 10 Opened on August 25th!
On Friday, as part of the Kulturforum: Urbanität, Mobilität, Freiheit (Urbanism, Mobility, Freedom) Michelle gave a talk titled Points of View.
If you think for a moment about your family home, the place you ‘grew up’, you will be able to recall details that may be invisible to the casual visitor. Most likely you will have an understanding of the city, town or countryside that took time to develop. On the other side of the coin, as tourists or visitors, we look at places with fresh eyes, things that may go unnoticed by the locals may be very special to us. Sometimes, it is knowledge that changes how we understand and experience a place. A landmark that calls attention to an important event, for example Sept 11th, can cause us to ‘see’ the land itself much differently and may evoke intense memories or emotions.
The geography or national resources of a place in return can also shape people’s lives.. what work they may do, what they may eat, and how they may live day to day. And we in turn make it our own—we dig it, map it, and even curate our own movements through it with traffic signs, scenic routes and roads.It is certainly a person’s particular point of view that shapes how they understand, use and experience the land they are standing on. It is influenced by time, personal and collective experience, and of course the nature of the land itself.
Our work, is interested in these individual points of view. We look for ways in our projects to encourage the viewer to join in and share their perspective. Underlying our work is a deep conviction that art that engages, that listens, and that is inclusive can produce new understandings of our relationships with each other and with the land we live on.
See the schedule and the others who presented : Schedule