Urban Matters is an Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) arts and education program rooted in social justice. Its primary goal is to cultivate a more civically educated and engaged group of young people in Pittsburgh's most distressed and predominately African-American communities.
Urban Matters participants use research, interviews and art to create tools to help (1) demystify urban policies and (2) increase participation in decision-making processes that impact and shape their communities.
Participants ask basic questions about how the City works and answer them within a 6-8 week summer course. Program participants will make site visits and conduct interviews while working with URA staff, artists and other partners to produce a visual representation of what they learned to their peers, community groups, elected officials and other stakeholders. Each topic is relevant to projects or developments occurring in the community, or a highly charged issue in which students have expressed an interest