news & events

20 November 2012

…they all live in Garfield and are a part of the Garfield Freelancers Database!

While cityLAB finishes up door-to-door surveying for the Garfield Creative Census, we’ll keep the online survey open so more people can take it — and be a part of the Freelancers Database too! Take the census (now closed) today!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday,

24 October 2012

The folks at MAYA and LAB will be launching MAD SCIENCE SUPPLY & SURPLUS on 10/27/12 from 3-5 PM at Assemble on 5125 Penn Avenue in Garfield.

They will be selling mad science supplies, handing out mad science mementos, and hosting a make-and-take activity for youth and adults. And, of course, there will be snacks!

For a look at what the future may hold, check out the wide variety of products MAYA has imagined at And check out their Tumblr or RSVP to the event on Facebook!

16 October 2012

cityLAB is pleased to announce the Garfield Creative Census, which will provide a baseline for counting creative workers, dabblers, and hobbyists in the 6% Place and beyond.

Take the Garfield Creative Census (now closed) and opt in to join the Garfield Freelancers Database, which will provide a new way for clients and customers to find local creative businesses. The survey will be open until November 15th.

We’re counting on you!

21 September 2012

Local artist and author Eric Lidji is publishing a daily cartoon newspaper at Assemble Gallery in Garfield through the end of the month, the Assemble Daily News.

Each day in September, Eric posts a set of new cartoons reporting on small moments observed around Pittsburgh; the news items are geo-located on large maps in the gallery with yarn. They are a sight to see in person, and excerpts from them are on Eric’s website, where he keeps a blog with photographs, drawings, and stories heard around the city.

Check it out!

11 September 2012

The 6% Place is “an innovative path to socially compassionate community change” says Rob Stephany, director of the Heinz Endowments’ community and economic development program. “We want to see vibrant neighborhoods with strong market forces at work and to make sure that low-income people clearly benefit from that vibrancy.”

Read all about the next phase of cityLAB’s 6% Place project in Diana Nelson-Jones’ Walkabout column in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Image by Flickr user Pat Pilon.

4 September 2012

And now we are getting on with it. With the help of $49,350 awarded to the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation by the Heinz Endowments and the energy of our newly-formed 6% Place committee, we are building the 6% Place.

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

We’re excited. We’re rolling. Watch for updates!

28 August 2012

cityLAB’s 6% Place book is now available for your e-reader!

Buy it for your Kindle, Nook, and iPad, or buy a beautifully-bound copy of the book here. And you can still download the book for free here. Happy reading!

7 August 2012

The rain slowed enough last Thursday to screen our last film, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. We popped lots of corn and filled the house. Thanks to everyone for coming down, to the Toonseum for hosting us and to the Benedum Foundation for their support.

Shall we do it again next year?

Please Vote for Me, July 13th

Gasland, July 19th

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, August 2nd

26 July 2012

Hello! In light of tonight’s severe weather advisory, we are cancelling tonight’s screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

Please join us for a rescheduled screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth next Thursday, August 2 at 8:30 PM at 947 Liberty Avenue. Thanks!

27 June 2012

A forest has popped up in the ToonSeum’s courtyard at 947 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, next door to cityLAB’s offices!

The Urban Forest, planted by Project Pop Up: Pittsburgh, in conjunction with The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the ToonSeum, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, will be open until July 12th with tables, chairs, and free comic books; read more about it here.

And starting on July 13th, come back to the courtyard for cityLIVE!’s free courtyard film series screenings; RSVP at