What is PITTONKATONK?
- Pittonkatonk is music
- Pittonkatonk is a space of engagement.
- Pittonkatonk is collaboration.
- Pittonkatonk is political action.
Pittonkatonk’s mission is to empower people through music in diverse practices to engage the world around them and advance fair and just relations between people and society.
Pittonkatonk focuses on community music making, youth performance opportunities, youth and adult education and workshops, and partnerships with like minded non-profit organizations. Pittonkatonk creates spaces around the city of Pittsburgh where the audience and musicians celebrate diversity while working for a common good. With no corporate sponsors, and nothing for sale, Pittonkatonk is an effort to create musical spaces where people can come together and empower each other outside traditional musical economies.
Pittonkatonk’s two largest programs are the Young Musicians Collaborative (YMC), connecting local teen musicians with national and local musicians and educators and the May Day Brass BBQ, an annual volunteer-support event attended by more than 2,000 people each year. Pittonkatonk also supports select events throughout the year including musician and activist roundtables, performances, lectures, and collective music- and art-action events.