16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration

Monday, January 15, 2018 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm, doors will open at 1:30

We don't know what's next for our country amidst the current national climate. In the face of uncertainty, how can we come together productively? We believe the answer is collaboration.

This year’s event is informative and interactive, using artistic collaboration to build interpersonal skills, creatively solve problems together, and build stronger communities who are accepting of everyone. Through discussion, creative group activities, and a communal meal, we will explore how to come together productively with unarmed truth and unconditional love in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  By striving to be authentically who we are while staying strong in our belief in diversity, we continue the pursuit of Dr. King’s dream.

Since 2001, Union Project has been using the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Join us and continue the work Dr. King started decades ago - creating communities that come together to celebrate diversity and acceptance. (Photo by Kate Hagerty)

1:30 pm Doors Open
2:00 pm A welcoming discussion and activity about what community collaboration means - with facilitators Jay Oriola and Raiona Gaydos.
2:45 pm Group arts activities that allow us to explore open dialogue and understanding - with creative partners Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Michelle King, and the artists of Union Project. Each activity is a drop-in format, allowing participants to dive-in and create at their own pace:

· Beloved CommuniTees Project: Led by Michelle King. Grab your shirt and fill in the speech bubble on the front with a question or phrase that will help spur constructive conversations about social change. Location: Great Hall

· Dr. King Speaks - Collaborative Erasure Poems: In collaboration with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, participants will create a new poem from an existing speech of Dr. King’s. Location: Great Hall

· Civil Rights Media: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has curated an assortment of media from the civil rights movement for you explore. Location: Foltz Board Room *Please limit your time in the board room to a maximum of 20 minutes to allow all to participate.*

·“Our Neighbors are Heroes” Clay Activity: Children and adults alike can join in to create clay portraits. Location: Studio

· Community Art Project: “Our World is a Neighborhood”: Following a prompt by an MLK speech, make your mark on our 4-ft globe. Location: Atrium

5:00 pm Lastly, we will all celebrate and break bread together! A complimentary community meal will be shared from Jackie Kennedy Catering, LLC with closing remarks from Jeffrey Dorsey of Union Project.

Come listen, share, and create with an open mind and a peace-filled heart.


Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. There will be ASL interpreters on site. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door. Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at 412-363-4550 or michelle@unionproject.org if you have specific accommodations or needs.


 The 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is supported by our sponsors at Jendoco Construction Corporation, Bridgeway Capital, Maher Duessel, and our project partner Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Union Project is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Thank you!