Girls Write the Museum

Carnegie Museum of Art

Free Event

Carnegie Museum of Art and Girls Write Pittsburgh welcome girls ages 13–18 for a free writing workshop inspired by works of art at CMOA.

CMOA staff and docents lead participants on explorations of the museum's Teenie Harris Archive, the otherworldly garments in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, and its world-class paintings collection. Then, using the discoveries they've made in the galleries as inspiration, participants share ideas and craft poetry, prose, or short stories in creative writing workshops led by Girls Write Pittsburgh.

Girls Write Pittsburgh inspires teen girls to find their voices through writing. It is the city's only program designed to empower teen girls through the creative expression of writing, exposing them to a world of opportunity, through the craft.

This event is part of the City of Pittsburgh's Inclusive Innovation Week.

Free Girls Write Pittsburgh membership required
To participate, please register for one of these three tracks, and fill out this simple application to register for Girls Write Pittsburgh.

Track 1
Teenie Harris: American Legends in Photographs
Hometown hero Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from ca. 1935 to ca. 1975. View photographs of some of the most important and influential musicians, politicians, and personalities of the 20th century from the over 70,000 images in the archive. Consider the role of photographs and writing in developing a journalistic point of view.



Track 2
Transforming Fashion: Poetry in Motion
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen has designed out-of-this-world garments for Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Björk, and more. Her inventive combination of meticulous handcraft, innovative technological solutions, and a striking, futuristic aesthetic becomes your palette for creative thinking in crafting your haute couture in poetry. The exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Groninger Museum, The Netherlands.



Track 3
The Written Picture: Art and Creative Writing
CMOA's world-class painting collection provides a bounty of inspiration for creative writing of any genre! Discover a wealth of possibilities for character, setting, theme, and plot as you bolster your narrative vocabulary.




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