Locals to know

🗣 Locals to Know: Meet DS Kinsel, artist, agitator and family man

Courtesy of DS Kinsel This morning’s interviewee is an artist, community organizer, activist and then some who co-founded BOOM Concepts and has shown his art everywhere from the streets of our city to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. In addition to making vivid multimedia art, he funds other creatives and holds the powers that […]

/ September 28, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Catherine Raphael, author and feminist

Courtesy of Books Forward Today’s Local to Know is an author who wanted to buck the trend of male-dominated fantasy novels. Meet Catherine Raphael, a self-described feminist who helped found the Women and Girls Foundation of SWPA and whose debut novel, Journey to the Heart Stone, comes out next week. The book takes place in […]

/ September 21, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Ja’Sonta Roberts, educator and rock star

Courtesy of Ja’Sonta Roberts. We’ve got lots of amazing out-of-school educators doing really important work here in Pittsburgh. One such Local to Know is Ja’Sonta Roberts, Assemble’s Off-Site Programs Manager and also a gifted vocalist who sings with Pittsburgh Black Rock act Royce. Without further ado, let’s meet Ja’Sonta and learn more about where she […]

/ September 13, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Dana Bishop-Root, museum educator

Our Local Favorites: 2022 Arts & Culture Guide is here! See you who made the list, from your favorite museum on the North Shore to your favorite concert venue in Homestead. From the Pittsburgh Glass Center to Unblurred, your picks represent the bold, diverse and ever-innovative Pittsburgh arts scene. Apropos, this week’s Local to Know […]

/ August 23, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Staycee Pearl and Soy Sos, dance innovators

Today’s Locals to Know keep their organization’s calendar full with dance classes, showcases and collaborations: meet Staycee and Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl, founders of PearlArts. Staycee and Soy Sos, as well as the artists they support, use dance to explore identity and social issues while pushing the boundaries of the artform to include immersive sound experiences and striking […]

/ August 3, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Greg Austin, food rescue chef

Courtesy of Elm Ink/412 Food Rescue Yesterday, we shared a story about how food banks face increased demand due to inflation and economic uncertainty. Well, today’s Local to Know is on the front lines of fighting hunger by turning food donations into nutritious meals in a Millvale kitchen. Meet Greg Austin, who leads 412 Food […]

/ July 27, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Dave Bindewald, consultant on play and divergent thinking

Courtesy of Dave Bindewald Today’s Local to Know helps adults rediscover their imaginations. Meet Dave Bindewald, who helps people find their inner child and improve their creativity. Full disclosure, I worked with Dave in a previous role, and he’s a super nice guy! Without further ado, let’s hear about how Dave works and plays in […]

/ July 12, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Huma Mohiuddin, BNY Mellon wealth expert

Courtesy of Prosek Partners Hi, Huma! Who are you? What do you do?  I am the Market President for BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Pittsburgh, and my team works with wealthy families and impactful nonprofits by employing our Active Wealth approach to wealth and financial planning through investing, managing taxes, protecting established wealth, spending, and borrowing disciplines. […]

/ July 8, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Anthony Gima, glassworker and guitarist

Tell us about your work—your job and/or any volunteer work. I am a flameworker (which is a form of glassblowing) based out of Highland Park. Wax poetic for a second and tell us: what brings you most alive about this city? The people, music, art, and greenery. What’s your favorite Pittsburgh memory? Playing on the […]

/ June 14, 2022


🗣 Locals to Know: Meet Tara Czekaj and Carol Whaley, Humane Society awardees

Courtesy of Tara Czekaj and Carol Whaley. Tell us about your work—your job and/or any volunteer work.  Tara: I am a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader for the Humane Society of the United States, The Citizen Newspaper’s Pawsitive News blogger, serve on the Animal Friends Board Humane Legislation Committee, am the webmaster for Merlin’s Safe Haven […]

/ May 31, 2022