Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Foundation Purchase of August Wilson Center

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 5, 2014) “We have been through long and difficult times for the August Wilson Center, but as usual this city did not run from its problems -- it banded together and solved them.

I am overjoyed to have the August Wilson Center for African American Culture back in the community’s hands and we as a city owe thanks to all of those who worked to make it happen.

My office worked tirelessly with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the Heinz Endowments, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to save it. And I am grateful to Dollar Bank for once again proving its deep roots in the Pittsburgh community, and showing patience and commitment to this facility when others might have backed away.

I am especially happy to have worked alongside another partner, Thomas Tull, who provided extra resources to complete the sale through the Tull Family Foundation and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thomas is a great supporter of Pittsburgh and its cultural life, and this is only his latest contribution.

Our eyes now go to the August Wilson Center’s future and its reorganization. I look forward to working with our partners to preserve this cultural asset for generations to come.”



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