City of Asylum @ Alphabet City is a permanent home for City of Asylum programming and the arts. In addition, City of Asylum @ Alphabet City will include our offices, a specialty bookstore featuring works in translation, and Casellula Wine & Cheese Cafe of New York, a highly-rated destination quality restaurant that is also priced to be affordable.
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City promises to be a hub for Pittsburgh’s readers and writers, jazz and small-scale music and performance, and artistic experimentation. It is a home for diverse voices from around the globe—a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh. And it is also a home for many partnering artists and organizations in our own community.
By establishing a safe haven for writers and artists who voice ideas that are new, different, or provocative in a diverse urban community, we hope to encourage new lines of communication, cultural exchange, and collaboration. Sharing one another’s narratives can transform the lives of both residents and artists and combat intolerance and exclusion.
The issue of artistic freedom is crucial to any nation. It is not ‘just’ about the artists’ rights to express themselves freely, it is also a question of the rights of citizens to access artistic expressions and take part in cultural life — and thus one of the key issues for democracy.
— Ole Reitov, Executive Director Freemuse