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Activities We Provide:

& Vocals
Visual Arts 
& Mosaics
& Acting

ACH Clear Pathways has a positive impact on the youth and community of the Hill District and the surrounding areas of Pittsburgh.  Youth are provided with visual and performing arts programming, after-school and through our creative summer camp. Students display their work throughout the Hill District Community and their talent in various expression celebrations throughout each year. 

Spoken Word
& Poetry

Visual Arts and Mosaics


The mosaic project - through fun quality public art- creates an inviting, fun, community space that is also historically significant to the neighborhood and region. 

Visual Arts & Mosaics

Academic Arts Out of School Program

Our out-of-school program provides youth grades k-8 with 180 hours of academic tutoring and 60 hours of artistic programming per year.  Two cohort sessions are held September to December and January to June Monday – Thursday from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.  ACH partners with the City of Pittsburgh, Child, and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which provides participants with a hot meal and snack.  The target population for this program are youth who primarily reside in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh but open to all youth from all communities in the Pittsburgh area.  


The Artistic Program includes majors such as visual arts, theater, dance, music, spoken word and poetry, digital media, and martial arts. Youth can choose their most preferred major and engage within the cohort and showcase their talent for family members, community resident and founders.   

Martial Arts

Creative Camp


Creative Camp provides youth with 60 hours of intense artistic programming Monday -Thursday 8:30am – 5pm.  Youth participate in programs such as dance, music, and theater, visual art as well as field trips and swimming everyday weather permits. Youth showcase their talents and artwork of our public art murals and mosaics are displayed on buildings in the Hill District. 


ACH partners with the City of Pittsburgh, Child, and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which provides breakfast and lunch for youth who attend creative camp. ACH also provides snacks at the end of each day during creative camp.

Theater & Acting

Senior Art and Wellness

ACH Clear Pathways offers Senior Arts and Wellness Program. Three 6-week sessions (Fall, Spring, Summer) and seniors attend twice a week during the 6-week sessions. Seniors participate in a showcase event(s). Programming consist of sound and healing, including uplifting music and mindfulness/drumming. ACH offers the program at the Kaufmann Center for seniors who attend programming at the facility multiple times per week. ACH also partners with several local senior living facilities to offer the program at the facilities. 

Jessica Lee and ViveVenture assist in the design of the sound healing program offered by ACH Clear Pathways, including the hiring of music professionals to teach in the program, and training new trainers for the program.  The programming offers in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. Being able to offer programming virtually allows any future pandemic restrictions to be met. It also provides the opportunity for world-renown artists, whether located in Pittsburgh or not, to teach in the program.  


This program has an economic development impact on the artist community by providing opportunities for artists to participate in the program and earn honorariums. 


Community Programming

ACH Clear Pathways is the hub for creative development in the Hill District. Annually we host the Hill District Arts Festival. This festival takes place on Centre Avenue and include two days of fun catered to lovers of the arts. Not to mention, there are 14 performances throughout the event on two live stages and a variety of artists have the opportunity to showcase and sell their art. FlySpace Production handles the audio and video technical support, and Terri Bell from the Cultural Trust serves as our lead festival consultant. Food trucks and kid activities gives our festival a family-friendly atmosphere.

Music & Vocals

Community Art Jam Sessions

Local and National Jazz Artists bring back the entertainment flare that once was known in the Hill District City of Pittsburgh  Frist & Third Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Elsie Hillman Auditorium

Spoken Word & Poetry
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ACH has collaborated with licensed psychologists, educators, Juvenile Court officers and others to design the ACH R.E.A.C.H. program to provide an atmosphere conducive to promoting Positive Youth Development.

R.E.A.C.H. is a program that will provide cultural and artistic outlets combined with resources and support for non-offending youth.  Artistic activities such as music, visual arts, theatre, poetry and/or spoken word, Media art and dance will be made available. 

The ACH R.E.A.C.H. PROGRAM was designed to serve families who want their children to REACH their highest potential, even in the midst of family crisis!  Have one or more children in your household been referred to the Juvenile Court system?  Are there other siblings in the household? The primary focus of families during these painful periods is to learn how to navigate the court system and to provide financial and legal support for the delinquent child/children. But what about the siblings? ACH is here to help! Non-delinquent siblings and first-time juvenile offenders must have the opportunity to experience Positive Youth Development, which encompasses positive experiences, positive relationships, and positive environments.

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