Friday, March 17th - Saturday, July 29th
Join us for summer camp. Check out our full schedule and listings! Please look at the under the heading “Summer Camp Data Base” Also check out our new online camp store irmafreemancenter.com! We have registration & scholarships forms here! We will be adding lots of fun stuff. Keep a look out!
Happy Campers Quotes from Summer of 2016!
“IF is a beautiful place where children bond and learn over amazing art projects!”-camper parent
“Extraordinary creativity and lovely instructors” – Jamie Miller, camper parent
“Super awesome!!!” – Charles, camper, age 7
“I appreciate the friendly staff, fun activities and convenient “pick-up & drop-off” times.
“The children really enjoyed themselves and made new friends, as well as re-connecting with old. We look forward to the Dance, Acro and Art classes the most. Irma Freeman IS a Center for Imagination!” -camper parent
“There are so many beautiful reason to be Happy, and I love the way The Irma Freeman Center has helped Dominique express herself in a more loving and positive manner through the arts and dance. I do not have the words to express my gratitude and appreciation I have for everyone that has brought this wonderful center to our neighborhood. Thank you all so very much. –Dhana Jetter, camper parent
“My daughter refused to attend any other camp. We love that she can show her artistic side!” Ramuka Chambers-Ray, camper parent
“It’s a fun summer camp and you meet new friends everyday!” Hannah, camper, age 9
Wednesday, May 3rd - Wednesday, December 6th
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We are excited to announce the dates that we will be hosting the Three Rivers Clinic for the rest of 2017!
The first Wednesday of each of the following months:
May 3 – 12-6m
July 5 – 12-6pm
November 1 – 12-6pm
December 6 – 12-6pm
Three Rivers Free Clinic for the People is a community based service reaching out to individuals who are unable to afford or who do not have easy access to holistic healthcare. This clinic is open to all who want to receive offerings from holistic practitioners.
Friday, May 5th
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Imaginarium is a group show assembled by local musician and longtime Pittsburgh Filmmakers employee Mike Bonello. All of the artists joining him in this exhibition are former co-workers, over ten photographers and filmmakers. The April 7 opening event will feature film and video projections accompanying Tricky Powers dance party sets and live music from Terry & the Cops, and The 2nd Ladeez.
Photography by Sue Abramson, Aaron Blum, Andrew Jason Coleman, Julie Gonzalez, Athena Frances Harden and Dan Wetmore.
Film & video by Mike Bonello, Andrew Jason Coleman, Ross Nugent, Christopher Smalley, Meagan Koleck and Matthew R. Day.
Still from Something in the water supply
Mike Bonello is a musician and experimental filmmaker living in Pittsburgh. He has been playing original music in Pittsburgh bands since 1991, and founded Rickety Records in 1994. His exhibitions are typically either multi-projector film loop performances accompanying live music, installations, or immersive/interactive dance-party environments. He has been working on an on-going series of experiments involving triple-exposing color film while pointing the camera at various states of water, or dancers, or piles of glitter. He’s playing bass guitar in Terry & the Cops and Mantle Plumes, and acoustic music around the house.
Sue Abramson is a fine art photographer working in Pittsburgh. Most of her imagery uses alternative photographic methods—photograms, cyanotype, pinhole, and scanning—in connection with the environmental landscape. Abramson’s photography focuses on the organic and fragmented composition of nature while simultaneously exploring the process of grief and grieving. She is an Adjunct Associate professor of photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where she has taught photographic methods for 30 years.
Aaron Blum is an eighth generation West Virginian, and creates art deeply linked to his home. Most of his work centers around a single question, what does it mean to be Appalachian? Through this question he address many different artistic concepts, from idealized memory vs. stereotypes to ideas of folk taxonomy. His creation process is a diversified approach of image-based media to create a glimpse into his own concepts of Appalachia, and the social fabric of a very large and misrepresented people and place. He pays close attention to the quality of light and the landscape as well as cultural markers to produce a unique version of life in the hills. After graduating with degrees in photography from West Virginia University and Syracuse University, Aaron immediately began receiving recognition for his work including Center of Santa Fe, Silvereye Center for photography, Critical Mass, and FOAM.
Andrew Jason Coleman
Fife & Jones
Andrew Coleman is a photographer first and a camera repair technician second. Daily disassembly of cameras and a fascination with the optics of photography has created opportunities to modify both the lens and camera to better suit the needs of his subject. The results also serve to reflect his own fractured perceptions and a yearning for an unexpected visual authenticity. Exploiting the imperfections and peculiarities of both antique and custom lens design, his work has been described as “dreamlike”, “memorial”, and “blurry”. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, hoping one day to make a satisfactory image.
Julie Gonzalez was born in Cordoba, Argentina and raised in Baltimore, Md. She spent more than a decade on the move before putting down roots in Pittsburgh about 12 years ago. The mother of 2 young girls, photography is a luxury at this point in her life; Not something to immerse herself in, but something to daydream about. When given the chance she shoots black and white film, prints in a darkroom, and has a penchant for pinhole. Her current projects involve anything she can complete in short bursts on a shoestring budget.
Athena Frances Harden
Athena Frances Harden was born July 1989 in the countryside of SW Pennsylvania. She earned a BFA from Point Park University in 2013. Using an array of mediums including photography, video and collage to create a deeply personal presentation of how she feels the world around her. Evoking strong emotions with her earthy, delicate, and intimate style she is able to bring awareness to simple detail with a sense of passionate energy. Harden currently resides in the city where she mixes ink, studies bodywork and is continually learning how to balance the heart/mind.
Dan Wetmore is a Pittsburgh based artist/photographer. His work deals primarily with post industrial landscape via a false-documentary, aesthetics oriented approach that encourages nostalgia and romanticism. Dan received his BFA from Syracuse University in 2013, was a 2014 Light Work grant winner and has been featured in a variety of online and print based publications. He has long brown hair and drives and maintains a small fleet of Volvo station wagons.
Still from Tear It Up, Son!
Christopher Smalley is an independent filmmaker who grew up in West Virginia, and has been living and working in the Pittsburgh area since 2002. Since then he has consistently been creating film and video work, both experimental and narrative.
Matthew R. Day
Still from Mantis
Matthew R. Day is a Pittsburgh based filmmaker. He is the host and curator of the monthly film screening series The Pittsburgh Film Kitchen and proprietor of the production company Matthew R. Day Media Productions LLC.
Meagan Koleck utilizes digital media and virtual platforms as accessible tools for self-exploration, human connection, and sabotaging relationships that would otherwise persevere. Koleck critiques American culture’s societal expectations while celebrating otherness.
Sunday, May 7th
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Come out to The Irma Freeman Center on May 7th at 3:30 for “Local Color”, Kamratōn’s second annual concert celebrating Pittsburgh composers. Kamratōn will present three world premieres by Mark Fromm, Jean-Patrick Besingrand, and Curtis Rumrill. Come enjoy an evening of exciting contemporary chamber music, with a local twist!
Friday, June 2nd - Saturday, July 15th
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is proud to announce its newest exhibition: Overgrown in Pittsburgh. This exhibition features the work of all Pittsburgh-native artists including Joan Brindle and Roshida Abira Ali, as well as examples of work by Jim Brindle and name-sake, Irma Freeman. Join us for the opening reception on Unblurred’s First Friday, June 2 to celebrate their work.
Saturday, June 17th
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Join us at the Irma Freeman Center for The Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh!
The Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh is an intersectional feminist zine fair in its second year. Host to a wide variety of local and out-of-town feminist zine makers and their comic zines, perzines, queer history zines and more!