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Neighborhoods full of eclectic old buildings that are home to hundreds of old businesses and many new ones, too. A skyline populated by a glass castle and a giant granite needle. A dialect that falls somewhere between upstate New York and Wisconsin. And a downtown community bustling with new ideas, new business, and new life.
These local touches and more are reasons why Pittsburgh is a city with character unlike any other.
Pittsburgh is a city of diverse tastes and nationalities, dating back to the days of the steel mills, where workers from all parts of the country and the world came to work and started families. Today, the city is a patchwork of distinct styles and flavors, from Deutschtown to Polish Hill, Mount Lebanon to the Strip District.
The stores and restaurants depict a Pittsburgh that's in tune with the needs of a mid-size metropolis, and on any given night you can find a coffee shop, a used bookstore, an all-night diner or a four-star restaurant.
The North Shore is studded with two spectacular structures that serve as home for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The North Side is also where you'll find the Carnegie Science Center, The Mattress Factory, and The Andy Warhol Museum, all designed to open your mind. The South Side is an endless trek of novelty shops, coffeehouses and bars, with live music pouring out of clubs every night of the week and street musicians to fill the gaps in between.
Downtown Pittsburgh is a jigsaw puzzle of old and new architecture, waiting to be captured by sketchpad or camera. The new Consol Energy Center is easily within walking distance of downtown and is home to the Penguins. And on the fringe of the downtown area is the Strip District, home to a wealth of ethnic grocers and streetside cafés. The Strip is also home to several of Pittsburgh's dance clubs and concert venues, as well as some of the finest restaurants in town.
Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside are home to thousands of students attending one of the many colleges and universities that have made Pittsburgh one of the top education destinations in the nation.
Even in its earliest days, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh operated with an eye toward employer's needs. In 1921, America was in the throes of a consumer buying frenzy. The advertising business was booming, stoking America's interest in the new and improved. In response to this emerging marketplace, The Art Institute graduated commercial artists who designed billboards and magazine ads that competed for the attention of the buying public.
Over 90 years and six downtown locations later, our mission to educate and prepare students for creative careers remains the same.
In 2001, we relocated all the way across the Golden Triangle and into an entirely renovated historic landmark building located at 420 Boulevard of the Allies. More square feet, more classrooms and studios, and a large gallery and common areas make our creative community an inspiring place to be.