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
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.