SUPPORTING WOMEN IN THE ARTS

 

ABOUT NEU KIRCHE

Neu Kirche (NK) is a dynamic contemporary art center dedicated to supporting women in the arts. Our welcoming, holistic environment encourages creative exploration, providing women opportunities for professional advancement. We are committed to reversing the gender imbalance within the art-sector, giving female artists a platform to be seen and heard. 

NK's international residency for New Zealand visual artists, showcases top emerging and established talent who work alongside Pittsburgh artists and community members during their three month stay. NK is committed to community engaged projects with an annual public art residency, Fallow Grounds for Sculpture, open to local, national and international artists. Our carefully restored historic buildings include a contemporary gallery, a beautiful event space in the former chapel and shared studios/workshops. On-site accommodation is available in Kiwi House and Yinzer House art hostel, located either side of the main building, for visitors and residency artists. 

STAFF

Lee Parker | Founder/Executive Director 
lee (at) neukirche (dot) org 

Aisha White Events and Programs Manager 
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 (at) neukirche (dot) org 

Jimmy Riordan | Technical Administrator 
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Saige Baxtor | Fallow Grounds Intern

Nina Friedman | Fall Intern

BOARD

Greg Parker (co-director) 
Jon Rubin 
Laura Zurowski
Leslie Clague
Morton Brown
Dorrie Smith-Richie
Fiona Amundsen

The church circa 1900s

The church circa 1900s

BUILDING HISTORY

Formerly The First Immanuel Evangelical Church, Neu Kirche resides in East Deutschtown, a neighborhood in the Northside’s East end, originally settled by German immigrants over 200 years ago.  The church building was built in 1889 as part of an expansion of the original location at the corner of Spring Garden and Madison Avenues. This period saw an increase in immigration and the demand for places of worship that aligned with their desire for religious freedom. Our church was part of a greater German evangelical congregation founded in Pittsburgh in 1782. As German, Croatian and Austrian immigrants settled on the Northside, new churches broke ground and spread to service a rapidly growing community. 

historicnorthside

Today the church stands as a symbolic reminder of the European pioneers who made Allegheny City their home. Many of the German settlers moved on as Irish and Scottish immigrants moved in and as the construction began on I-279 in the late 1980’s. However some of their solidly built buildings remain as well some of their descendants who still live in the area. East Deutschtown was a working class neighborhood consisting of modest, working class style Pittsburgh homes. The neighborhood boasts a large collection of surviving wood frame homes from the Antebellum period, which were once a common sight but now rare due to infrastructural and economic changes. 

Much has changed in the neighborhood over the years, but due to its resilience and great location it is now seen as an asset worth preserving and protecting. Fortunately our church was saved from demolition as it sits perched above the I-279 highway, visible to thousands of commuters each day.

 

 

 

 

ACCESSIBILITY

For accessibility information contact Lee Parker at 412.322.2224