The mission of the Brew House Association is to foster invention, creation, collaboration, creative risk-taking, and the pursuit of artistic excellence.
Created from the vision and grassroots efforts of local artists who had the desire to collaborate in an inspiring and creative setting, the BHA formerly established itself as a 501 c3 in 1993. Over twenty years later, the Brew House Association is continuing to build on its extensive history of building community and supporting artists.
The BHA opened Space 101, as a regional exhibition and performance space. Space 101 became the home of Prospectus Annual Exhibits and the Featured Artists Series giving local artists such as Lindsay Landfried, Adam Chriscuolo, Zach Dorn, Murphy Cook, and Theo Keller a unique opportunity in Pittsburgh.
BHA began hosting the annual Black Sheep Puppet Festival that engaged thousands of participants from the Pittsburgh area. The Festival was a multi-dimensional performance that lasted over two weeks and included children workshops, film screenings, gallery exhibitions, and live performances. Space 101 was a unique space that contributed to the overall creative strength of the neighborhood and region.
BHA offers innovative programming that supported local artists and engaged the community. Through collaboration with organizations such as the Homeschools Initiative which provided supplemental art education to children who were homeschooled. Additionally the afterschool partnership with the Brashear Association gave opportunity for residents to provide instructions to participants in their own studios. All of the innovation took place while BHA managed the building. Managing the large, historical building proved to be a challenge for the small organization.
BHA intiates the first of seven cohorts in the Distillery program. The Distillery program gave emerging artists viable ways to connect with, and contribute to the local arts community by supporting their studio practice and providing career development opportunities. Participants met for studio visits, workshops, peer critiques, and discussions with guest curators, critics, and artists. They culminated with an exhibition in Space 101. Among the participants were, emerging artists Matt DiClemente, Amy DiPlacido, Marytna Matusiak, Laurel Mitchell and Jim Rugg. The Distillery program allowed for the artistic process and practice to be of value as an experience not just a result or outcome.