ABOUT

The Penn Avenue Arts & Commercial District sprung from the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a 1998 collaboration between the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) and the Friendship Development Associates (FDA) Inc. created as a way to revitalize the Penn Avenue Corridor (4800-5500 Penn Avenue) through the arts.  This initiative was part of a larger community development strategy that weaves together neighborhoods and facilitates residential, commercial and cultural projects. In 2006, Penn Avenue was designated a Main Streets Pittsburgh district. The Main Streets Program complements the revitalization efforts that have already been taking place along the avenue through PAAI and together they work toward the overall goal of making Penn Avenue a diverse, culturally and socially, thriving arts and business destination.