Duquesne Honors College Students, Daisy Wilson Artist Community to Unveil Partnership
The Daisy Wilson Artist Community hopes to renovate the boyhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson on Bedford Avenue in the Hill District for future use as a residence, workshop and performance space for artists, musicians and writers.
Throughout the semester, students in the Community and University Honors Seminar deepened their understanding of August Wilson, the neighboring Hill District and the process for developing a strategic plan.
"The question students had to answer was, ‘How can the Honors College and Duquesne students best become involved in the development and re-use of August Wilson's boyhood house?'" said Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, who taught the service-learning course.
"The strategic plan addresses those issues and questions."
The plan is part of Duquesne's ongoing commitment to the Hill District community. The University has a longstanding tradition of programs in the Hill, including pharmacy, health care and educational services. Additionally, outreach to the neighborhood is a focus of the University's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.
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