Rivers of Steel Arts

The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation (RSHC) is excited to introduce Rivers of Steel Arts (RoSA), the new arts and culture wing of RSHC! This has been a long time in the making and we cannot wait to show off the exciting programs and opportunities underway for our 2016 inaugural season. 

RoSA supports artistic projects that further the interpretation of local history and re-imagine the future of familiar places. The program is based in the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark but offers creative projects throughout the entire eight-county Heritage Area of southwestern Pennsylvania. 

As the creative wing of RSHC, RoSA supports the greater RSHC mission of becoming a nationally recognized brand that not only celebrates our past but also embraces our future, by connecting people to their environs. Through a range of exhibitions, performances and educational experiences, RoSA promotes novel partnerships to enhance the lives of community members, build local pride and attract renewed public interest in Pittsburgh's Monongahela River Valley. 

Message from Chief Curator, Chris McGinnis

As Chief Curator of RoSA, I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who has helped us get to this point. There are too many people to name here but a special thanks goes out to those individuals below for their tireless efforts and dedication to RoSA and its role in the greater Rivers of Steel mission. 

First I would like to thank the entire RSHC staff and and the greater RSHC Board for their ongoing support of arts programming throughout the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The National Park Service and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided the critical funding that made all of this work possible. RoSA co-founder Sean Derry has given countless hours to developing this program. It would not have been possible without his focus, insight and dedication. I likewise appreciate the continued efforts of our program coordinators Casey Westbrook, Ivette Spradlin, Mary Briggs and Shane Pilster, who have all given their time and expertise to this effort. Shane Pilster also designed our beautiful new website www.rosarts.org. Thank you Shane!

I am grateful to my friend and colleague Seth Clark for working with us to create such an awesome new brand for RoSA! Everyone on the RoSA Arts Advisory Board has played a critical role in helping us shape the organization. All of us at RoSA are grateful for the early work of the Industrial Arts Cooperative that created the Carrie Deer so many years ago and demonstrated the important role of art in the future of the Carrie Furnaces.

Last I would like to thank all the artists and creative organizations across the Mon Valley who have kept the arts a dynamic presence in the region and everyone who has attended the many arts-based events produced by the Rivers of Steel. We look forward to many years of exciting programs that help re-imagine the future of our region and celebrate our shared heritage. 



Chris McGinnis 
Chief Curator 
Rivers of Steel Arts (RoSA) 


The 45-Inch Mill

The 45-Inch Mill
Constructed in 1942 as part of Homestead's World War II expansion, the 45-inch mill was in operation until the early 1980s.