Something new is percolating in the Pittsburgh art world.
This week, Pittsburgh artist and entrepreneur Casey Droege announced that she and her partners are opening a new performance and gallery space on South Trenton Avenue in Wilkinsburg. The new venue will move into space currently owned by Percolate, a community art space that opened in 2013.
In accordance with the mission of Casey Droege Cultural Productions (CDCP), the new CDCP Project Space will showcase performances, artwork and crafts from local artists. Visitors will find experiential exhibits and programs that support the CDCP’s mission to grow Pittsburgh’s arts economy.
An accomplished artist in her own right, Droege has worked for several years to develop and diversify the city’s arts economy. His other projects include the Traveling Artist Lecture Series, SIX x ATEThe directory Photo Fair PGH held at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Small Mall store on Butler Street in Lawrenceville.
In addition to providing a physical space for artists to share their knowledge and practice their craft, the CDCP also connects its partners with commercial work in the private sector.
Artist Caroline Pierottiwho has served as Percolate’s director since 2016, will remain on the new space’s board of trustees and be involved in her mission to build a strong network of female artists, arts administrators and curators in Pittsburgh.
“While I really enjoyed running Percolate, I knew it was time for a change and wanted to elevate the space into something more,” says Pierotti. “Wilkinsburg is an amazing community and I wanted the space to be maintained as an artist/community hub.”
While no specific launch date has been announced, the CDCP Project Space will have a pre-opening in June with an exhibit created in partnership with the arts and women’s rights organization Creative citizen studios.
“We are thrilled to carry on the legacy of a great community arts space. By turning Percolate into CDCP Project Space, we will create more opportunities and revenue streams for artists in Pittsburgh,” says Droege. “It helps the CDCP continue to build the arts economy and with Carolyn staying on board as a key partner, we are also building a strong network of female artists.”