August Wilson Center for African American Culture

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture is a hub for people celebrating and experiencing the on-going contributions of African Americans in music, theater, dance, science, athletics, business, and many other aspects of American culture. The 67,000 SF facility brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life to foster mutual understanding and appreciation rooted in the values and ideals that drive the evolution of dynamic cultures worldwide.

The Center is an iconic structure anchoring Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Designed by San Francisco-based African American architect Allison G. Williams, the August Wilson Center features permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, classrooms, gift shop, café, numerous multi-purpose spaces for visual and performing art and expression, and a permanent exhibition gallery devoted to Western Pennsylvania’s African American cultural history. These technology-rich, interactive environments offer high quality exhibitions, presentation and performance spaces, and historical research capabilities.

The Education Room is a highly adaptable space with top-end instructional media systems. As such, technology systems are required to be ultimately flexible. Electronic display systems seen from street level offer “holographic” video imaging, outdoor sound systems, LED strip displays, and video wall options. The Music Café and themed gift shop feature flat panel video monitors tied into Informational Display Systems with current exhibition and performance schedules. Special exhibit galleries are designed with flexible infrastructure to accommodate constant changes.


Pittsburgh, PA




Key Facts

  • 63,000 GSF
  • Budget $18M