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Dani K
Seneca Street
(Soho, Uptown)
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Seneca Artist G. Peter Jemison to Lead Workshop

the project

The Seneca people, who usually refer to themselves as Onondowa’ga:’, inhabited the Pittsburgh area and communities along the Allegheny River long before Europeans came to America. This initiative honors one of the few Pittsburgh streets named for an indigenous entity rather than a colonial name. Drawing on Seneca stories, imagery and traditions, residents will plan and implement creative urban infrastructure to make intersections safer, identify and celebrate our small street and discuss the future of the vacant lots and buildings on the street.

In our kickoff workshop, residents will plan creative urban infrastructure inspired by Onondowa’ga:’ traditions and imagery. 

We will identify a focus project to be the first element of the plan implemented by the end of this year.

the steps

This workshop is the first phase of the Seneca Art Plan: Bringing neighbors together to design the future Seneca Street.

We will be hosting indigenous Seneca artists from out of town and organizing a picnic-workshop to be held on Sunday afternoon, August 6th.

In the workshop we will learn about Onondowa’ga:’ traditions and imagery, and their history in our region.
Attendees will then gather around a large printed aerial image of the street on which we can diagram our ideas and work together to decide where art and other improvements to the environment can be installed.

In our next phase, residents will raise the funds for materials we need to install our first focus project. 

why we're doing it

The workshop brings together three issues for Seneca Street, in the Soho section of Uptown: 

1. Honoring the Seneca Nation for which our street is named;

2. Using art to address gaps in our urban infrastructure (crosswalks, road signs, parklets, orchards, etc.); and 

3. Increasing social cohesion among residents.


Original Budget:

Travel expenses, stipend, and accommodations for artist(s)

Workshop materials and supplies

Picnic supplies

ioby Platform Fee  waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $21

Disbursed Budget:

RAISED = $525.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $15.29

Hotel Room for Artist Facilitator 200
Artist Stipend 200
Picnic Food & Supplies 109
Printing for Workshop Materials + Flyers In-Kind Donation
Additional Food Donated
Total 509



Seneca Artist G. Peter Jemison to Lead Workshop

Seneca Street residents and property owners will host Peter Jemison for the Public Art Planning Workshop, scheduled for August 6th!

Jemison is a nationally recognized Seneca historian as well as an artist. He is the manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, a recreation of a 17th-century Seneca village located in Victor, New York, which is also home to a Seneca Art and Culture Center: a permanent, year-round interpretive facility to tell the more than 2,000-year-old story of Seneca and Haudenosaunee contributions to art, culture and society. Jemison is a Faithkeeper for the Seneca Nation and a popular speaker on Native American Heritage. He has spent much of his career connecting government and academic institutions with the Native American community. 



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