Why is air quality so important to our region? What are the current factors that make Pittsburgh one of the top 10 most polluted cities? Learn more and be part of the solution as Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural history partner with the Breathe Project(external link) to present lectures, discussions, and family-friendly activities that examine air quality and offer ways to take action. Just drop in!
Breathe Better Day was inspired by Monet and the Modern City, which examines how artists responded to the rise of industry, often characterizing the urban industrial landscape as a beautiful, powerful promise of the future. We know now that industrialization harmed the environment and many people’s quality of life, and remains an ongoing problem for our region.
See the schedule of events below.
Schedule of Events
- 12–1:30 p.m.: Panel discussion in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, featuring:
- Akemi May, the curator of Monet and the Modern City
- Michele Fetting, program manager, the Breathe Project(external link)
- Deborah Gentile, MD, director of allergy and asthma services, East Suburban Pediatrics
- Sue Seppi, project manager, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)(external link)
- Zach Barber, field organizer, PennEnvironment(external link)
- 1–4 p.m.: Activities in the Carnegie Museum of Art Lobby
- Learn about local organizations that advocate for the environment:
- Create art in response to what you learn
- 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Bike ride through Oakland with Healthy Ride Pittsburgh
- Meet at the museum’s front entrance at the corner of North Craig and Forbes and measure the air quality as you ride
- Healthy Ride bikes will be available for free during this event; register on Facebook(external link)
- 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Conversation with docents and curator Akemi May in Monet and the Modern City