Showcasing the Best of International, National, and Local Arts:
Janis Burley Wilson, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Vice president of strategic partnerships and community engagement at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Janis Burley Wilson creates programs that give both local and internationally renowned artists opportunities to showcase their talents. One such initiative is the Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF), which features films ranging from classic to contemporary, an independent cinema that celebrates the contribution of Black filmmakers. Held at the August Wilson Center, owned by the non-profit African American Cultural Center, the first annual BBFF showcased films that parallel the themes of spirituality, family conflict, race, and working-class struggle that are seen repeatedly in August Wilson’s award-winning works.
Says Ms. Wilson, “The films we selected parallel these distinctions…while celebrating classics that helped shape African-American culture.”
A Pittsburgh native, Ms. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Duquesne University. She attended American University for post-graduate studies. She designs hand-blocked millinery, and her creations have been featured in numerous fashion publications, including French Vogue, Essence, and The New Yorker, among others.