Fascinated by Roberto Clemente, but never had a chance to get inside Pittsburgh’s private museum dedicated to baseball’s first Latino Hall of Famer? Now’s your chance.

The Roberto Clemente Museum will host its first-ever open house from 3-7 p.m. July 19 and 10-2 p.m. July 20. Admission is $20 per adult, $10 for children and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Exclusive merchandise will also be available.

Located in the former Engine House 25 near Lawrenceville’s Doughboy Square, the museum’s collection of baseball artifacts, photographs and memorabilia highlight the All-Star right fielder’s barrier-breaking career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his personal life and his humanitarian work.

Musicians and crew of the famous salsa orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico visited the museum Sunday night after their performance in the Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival. The previous night, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s hosted a scholarship fundraiser at the museum attended by Luis and Roberto Clemente Jr., the late ballplayer’s sons. Learn more here.

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Since 1986, volunteers with the Latin American Cultural Union have been preserving and celebrating the culture of Pittsburghers of Latino heritage — as well as newcomers from Latin America and the Caribbean. LACU organizes events year-round that are open to everyone and highlight Latino music, dance, art, food and fellowship.

Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Hispanic population is small (about 32,000 as of 2010) but fast-growing (up 72 percent over 2000). LACU is working to forge stronger connections among Latinos across the region, in part by beefing up its presence on social networks and other digital media.

Dancing at the 2013 JazzLive Fesitval, of which this year's El Gran Combo performance is a part. Photo courtesy Jesabel Rivera
Dancing at the 2013 JazzLive Fesitval, of which this year’s El Gran Combo performance is a part. Photo courtesy Jesabel Rivera

LACU President Jesabel Rivera has been an important element this increased visibility. Originally drawn to the region from San Juan, Puerto Rico for graduate studies in public health at Pitt, she is now a health strategy consultant for Highmark.

She’s also a member of the steering committee of ¡Hola Pittsburgh!, a public-private partnership that seeks to improve the region’s diversity and inclusiveness to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life. The partnership’s kickoff event is the free outdoor concert in the Cultural District this Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. featuring El Gran Combo, called by some “the Rolling Stones of salsa.”

And of course, Jesabel is one of our ImaginePittsburgh.com Neighbors, individuals who help to extend the welcome beyond hello to newcomers, boomerangers and native Pittsburghers alike. You can check out her profile here; take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz to see which Neighbors share your interests or careers; and then ping them via their LinkedIn profiles (linked on their ImaginePittsburgh.com profile page).

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P.S. Fascinated by Roberto Clemente, but have never had a chance to get inside the private museum in Lawrenceveille dedicated to him? Now’s your chance to do so while helping raise scholarship funds for Hispanic students. For $50 this Saturday, June 20, you can explore this the museum’s collection of baseball artifacts, photographs and memorabilia that highlight the All-Star right fielder’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his personal life and his humanitarian work — and enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets or learn more here at the website of the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

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It’s almost here! We’re just days away from the free El Gran Combo concert at 3 p.m. at the outdoor Penn Avenue Stage One at Ninth Street in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, sponsored by ImaginePittsburgh.com as part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership.

espadaThe concert is part of the PittsburghJazzLive International Festival that kicks off Friday. The festival alone could keep your feet happily tapping all weekend. Thursday, June 19 acclaimed nuyorican poet Martín Espada appeared with Pittsburgh’s own  artist/activist Vanessa German at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

 

Salsa dancing. Photo by Jason CohnFriday night usually means salsa dancing at at Cabaret at Theater Square on Penn at Seventh Avenue, with free dance lessons by Jeff & Colleen from 10:00 – 10:30 p.m. This Friday June 20 is no exception, but El Gran Combo hits will be played through the night (including cuts from their first production in 1962) with 50th Anniversary El Gran Combo CDs given away as door prizes. $5 cover charge.

ClementeFascinated by Roberto Clemente, but never had an opportunity to get inside the private museum in Lawrenceveille dedicated to him? Now’s your chance to do so while helping to raise scholarship funds for Pittsburgh students of Latino origin. For $50, at 6 p.m.  Saturday June 21 you can explore this the museum’s collection of baseball artifacts, photographs and memorabilia that highlight the All-Star right fielder’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his personal life and his humanitarian work — and enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets or learn more from the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

DTorresArochoAlso Saturday we’ll be welcoming Daniel E. Torres Arocho, winner of a free trip from Puerto Rico to see El Gran Combo and experience Pittsburgh as a great place to play — and possibly live and work. It’s part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! campaign to market our region to people from Puerto Rico who may be considering a move to the states. Why choose Miami, DC or New York when you can live in Pittsburgh with lower costs of living, better schools, cleaner streets and friendlier people? Torres will enjoy a weekend of downtown lodgings, tours by VisitPITTSBURGH, meals at iconic Pittsburgh restaurants and of course Sunday’s concert, including a backstage meeting with los profesores del Universidad de Salsa.

2014 El Gran Combo Training Resized-8On Sunday June 22, look for the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! hospitality tent from noon until 8 p.m. at Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. There you’ll find friendly “ambassadors” (like those pictured here) who can give you tips on where to find food, fun and the bathroom at the JazzLive festival, as well as hip you to the fact that there are more than 20,000 open jobs across the 10 counties right now. We’ll also be raffling off a free iPad! Dance on over before or after El Gran Combo takes the stage at 3 p.m.

Look for us on social media under the hashtag #HolaPittsburgh and hit us up with your photos, texts and more at Facebook.com/HolaPittsburghTwitter.com/Hola_Pittsburgh and on the ImaginePittsburgh Instagram account  or the ImaginePittsburgh Pinterest page.

The ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership includes the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Latin American Cultural Union, the Roberto Clemente Foundation, the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Promise, Point Park University, World Affairs Council-Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh, VisitPITTSBURGH, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its ImaginePittsburgh.com initiative. ¡Hola Pittsburgh! seeks to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.

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El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico – one of the oldest and best-known salsa bands in the world – will headline the Fourth Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival which takes over Penn Avenue at Eighth Street in the Cultural District on June 20-22. The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.

Founded in 1962, the 15-member orchestra has never stopped recording, with four of El Gran Combo’s albums reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album chart over the past decade. (Check out a recent hit, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso [Without Salsa There Is No Heaven] here.)

Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso
2010′s Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso (“Without Salsa There Is No Heaven”)

“The JazzLive Festival is committed to presenting a vast array of music from locals to legends, and El Gran Combo’s history takes the festival to new heights as an international music destination,” said Janis Burley Wilson, director of jazz programs and vice president of education and community engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

ImaginePittsburgh.com is sponsoring El Gran Combo’s performance to kick off a year-long initiative highlighting the Pittsburgh region as a place of opportunity for people from Puerto Rico who may be considering a career move to the states.

ImaginePittsburgh.com is a project of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its Affiliates, which are part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership. Also including The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, Roberto Clemente Foundation, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Allegheny County, Allegheny County Airport Authority, City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Promise, Point Park University, World Affairs Council-Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and VISITPittsburgh, the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership seeks to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.

Learn more at HolaPittsburgh.com, and look for social media updates under #HolaPgh.

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