Legacy Arts Project advances healing, wellness, and wisdom thru Africana arts

Legacy Arts Project Dance Performance

Pittsburgh is home to a vibrant organization with a mission to heal, promote wellness, educate, and empower communities. The Legacy Arts Project (LAP) in Homewood achieves this mission by helping people gather and share in Africa Diaspora history, heritage, and cultures.

Founded by Linda “Imani” Barrett, LAP brings together artists from the community to gather and share in expression. The organization uses its space and influence to cultivate a variety of art forms that promote community unity and growth. 

LAP’s calendar is packed with events and classes that celebrate and teach elders, children, and everyone in between to dance, drum, sing, and participate in the spoken word, poetry, and visual arts.


For example, LAP’s:

Saturday Institute cultivates and engages youth ages 6-13.

Wednesday community dance class promotes creative movement for adults and youth alike.

Drumming class offers youth 10-years-and-older a journey through Africa with the sounds of the drum.

Movement and Mixing class for mature adults features African dance, dance choreography, roundtable discussions, and an idea exchange designed to promote mind, body, and spirit wellness.

Classes and programs are minimally priced and open to all members of the community.

Annually during the summer, LAP also hosts Dance Africa Pittsburgh, a weekend arts event that reflects the beauty and shared gifts of the African Diaspora, including local, regional, and international performance, a meet-and-greet, panel discussion, and African marketplace. 

LAP also hosts regular yearly events and activities that honor local Keepers of the Flame. These individuals have made lasting contributions to Pittsburgh and our region through the arts. They reflect the diversity and beauty of the African Diaspora and inspire others to recognize their own creativity and responsibility to make the world a better place.

For more information — including donating, volunteering, and participating — log on the LAP website at legacyartsproject.org or call 412.607.8375.


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