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We hope you will join us for the opening of the latest Group A art exhibit, juried by Springboard Design Creative Director Petra Fallaux on Friday, April 17, 2015 6-9 p.m. at Artist Image Resource. 518 Foreland Street Pittsburgh PA 15212.

After being quiet for a couple of years, Pittsburgh artists Group A is coming back strong in 2015. First Impressions is the first exhibit of a selection of work by its current active members and invited guests. All were asked to interpret the idea offirst impressions in various media from painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and mixed media.


Please join us for the first Creator Square Johnstown
Local Maker Network Workshop
Friday Feb 20, 2015
Two Sessions: 10AM or 6PM
Location: 430 Main Street (2nd Floor), Johnstown, PA

“Creator Square” is an urban revitalization, economic development, and job skills transfer program. Modeled on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 1984 establishment of a cultural district in downtown Pittsburgh, Creator Square will establish the first ‘creator district’ in Johnstown, PA.Creator Square is designed to be the keystone that connects Johnstown’s creative community, industrial infrastructure, and entrepreneurial activity by establishing a focal presence in downtown’s Central Park. As a result of its presence and initiatives, subsequent partnerships between makers, education, and industry will provide the next stage of innovation as Johnstown embraces the new manufacturing economy of the future.

Creator Square is currently in the developmental stage of its growth. Within less than a year the program already has the strong support of local industry sector partners, financial institutions, non-profits, and foundations. We are currently seeking local makers, artisans, and creators to start the conversation, to understand the needs of artists, and to establish the beginnings of this Maker Network.

Our goal for these sessions will be to

  • Provide an introduction to Creator Square Johnstown
  • Introduce the Local Maker Network concept
  • Discuss goals for the network and upcoming “maker workshops”
  • Feedback: What do YOU want the Local Maker Network to be? What do YOU want Creator Square Johnstown to be?

If you are a maker, artisan, or creator, please join us on Friday Feb 20, 2015.

We are hosting 2 sessions; please choose one session to attend.
10 AM-12 NOON
6 PM-8 PM

We welcome you to RSVP in advance, for event planning purposes, but you are most welcome to attend whether you RSVP or not.  We know that some of your schedules may change, or that some of you may only be able to attend at the last minute. In all cases, come and join us! We look forward to hosting you on Creator Square!


Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to another in The Independent Brewing Company’s ‘Secret Vault’ music series curated by Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt on Wednesday, December 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Independent Brewing Company is a Squirrel Hill tavern dedicated to servingfresh local beer. Also notable is that they have a turntable and an in-house record collection of over five hundred vinyl records. That number pales, however, in comparison to the personal collection of local architect, artist, and design enthusiast Paul Rosenblatt who will be bringing selections to play from his own personal vinyl collection.

Paul will be bringing selections both classic and rare, but, in any case, selections you definitely need to hear now.  These are the choice and the deep cuts.

For more on Paul, check him out here:  www.springboarddesign.net. His recent exhibition in 707 Gallery, “Well-Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records,” part of the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014, included more than 15,000 vinyl records from his collection. You can read about it here in last week’s City Paper.

On Wednesday, Paul will be pulling plenty of surprises from the Psych / Acid Rock sections of his collection.  The theme of the evening is: ‘Psych (Rock) 101.’ You can count on hearing pop, proto, classic, and neo-acid cuts from bands like Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, and The Doors, as well as some bands that you may never heard of before like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The 13th Floor Elevators.

While we listen to music, the Independent is going to curate an equally interesting tap list on Wednesday evening, and may even bring out a few surprises of its own.

So, rock on by.  Dig looking at album covers.  Enjoy making and hearing esoteric statements regarding the guitar players on certain tracks.  And enjoy a good beer or spirit at the place with the best music playing in Pittsburgh – on a Wednesday night.  We are sure you will feel right at home at the Indy with their record collection – and Paul’s!


Dear Friends,

Seems like everything at Springboard Design has a musical theme these days!

I wanted to let you know about a great Alfred Hitchcock-themed Halloween party coming up at the Carrie Furnaces —  the old iron furnaces that are now national landmarks run by Rivers of Steel Heritage Foundation.

I’m really excited to be one of the DJs who will be spinning tunes in this incredible space! If you are a fan of great industrial architecture, cool tunes and delicious food and drink come join me for what should be a very special party. And best of all, it is for a good cause: portions of ticket sales are being donated to our wonderful hosts, Rivers of Steel, who maintain the Carrie Furnaces as a National Landmark.

Here is a link to their site: http://www.riversofsteel.com/preservation/heritage-sites/carrie-furnaces/

Tickets are $35 each.  Parking on site is free, but is limited, so you need to “purchase” a free parking ticket from the eventbrite page to secure your spot.  There are also buses between the Independent and the event, that will leave at 7:30 p.m. and return at 1 a.m.  And a bus (or buses) from Bar Marco in the strip district that will leave at 7:30 p.m. and return at 1 a.m.  Both buses require a $5 round trip ticket from eventbrite.

To order tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hitchcock-a-halloween-party-at-the-carrie-furnace-tickets-13440108727

Tickets come with 3 $5 drink tickets.  You can purchase additional drink tickets at the event for $5 each.  A number of  food trucks and food tents will be there offering food for purchase as well.  Designated driver tickets are $20 and will have a separate color wrist band that is not eligible to purchase additional drink tickets.


Dear Friends,

The Independent Brewing Company is a tavern located in Squirrel Hill dedicated to serving fresh local beer made only by Western Pennsylvania breweries. Also notable is that they have a turntable and an in-house record collection of over five hundred vinyl records, which is awesome. However, that number pales in comparison to the personal collection of local architect, artist, and design enthusiast, Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt. This coming Wednesday, October 15, (and approximately once a month every month hereafter), Paul is going to be curating another installment of  the Independent’s Secret Vault music series from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This is the second time Paul will be hosting a Secret Vault event at the Independent– the first time was a blast. Come join us for another great party.

Paul will be bringing selections from his home collection, which, by the way, exceeds 15,000 pieces of vinyl.  He’s bringing selections that you might not have heard before but that you definitely need to hear now.  These are the deep cuts.

For more on Paul, check him out here:  www.springboarddesign.net  and also check out his current exhibition in 707 Gallery, “Well-Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records,” part of the Pittsburgh Biennial 2014. http://culturaldistrict.org/exhibit/7730/well-played-pauls-vinyl-records

On Wednesday, Paul will be pulling plenty of surprises from the Surf, Exotica, Hawaiian, and Garage Rock sections of his collection.  The theme of the evening is:‘Beyond the Surf: Summer’s Over.’

While we listen to music, the Independent is going to curate an equally interesting tap list on Wednesday evening, and may even bring out a few surprises of their own.

So swing on by.  Enjoy the music.  Enjoy looking at album covers.  Enjoy making and hearing esoteric statements regarding the guitar players on certain tracks.  And enjoy a good beer or spirit at the place with the best music playing in Pittsburgh on a Wednesday night.  We are sure you will feel right at home at the Indy with their record collection – and Paul’s!


Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26–November 9, 2014, at the Trust’s SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust’s quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt’s Well Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records—held in 707 Penn Gallery—which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist’s collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually “dig-in” to the collection and play records online.


Art Paper’s special issue on architecture and design features an extensive review of the White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes exhibition by Springboard’s own Paul Rosenblatt. 

Although the article is not available online, you can still order an issue which features many other articles including a fascinating consideration of John Latham’s Flat Time House at http://www.artpapers.org/.

For more information, contact Paul directly at paul@springboarddesign.net.


This is the email message we received yesterday:

“Guess what? Your book has been selected to go on the inaugural tour of The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library! The tour is presented in partnership with Ugg’s Creative Council and was curated by our friend Christopher Jobson over at Colossal.”

Join us November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for this “landmark” tour!

November 2nd
6pm-10pm
Pittsburgh Art Walk – Pittsburgh, PA
in front of Assemble
5125 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
#SBPPittsburgh and #CreativeCouncil

A little background: A year or so ago, Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt submitted a sketchbook to the Sketchbook Project. If you don’t know about the Sketchbook Project, here is a link to the project and Paul’s scanned sketchbbok. He will be briefly reunited with the book on November 2 when the book tour arrives in Pittsburgh. Come see paul and his sketchbook there or just his sketchbook – with many others – in another location along the tour.

Here is a link to the Sketchbook project site: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012

Here – below – is a link to Paul’s sketchbook on the site…that is, for those of you who won’t have a chance to see it in person on November 2, 3,4! 😉

http://www.arthousecoop.com/library/2882#page-slide_1

And if you are ever in Brooklyn, go visit the Brooklyn Art Library and see all of the sketchbooks there…

Brooklyn Art Library
103A North 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Closed Mon – Tues.
Open 12-8pm Wed – Sun.

Ph : 718-388-7941


As reported in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 29, 2012, Springboard Principal Paul Rosenblatt AIA will lead a public design charette focused on improving the design of urban streets. The charette – a problem solving exercise with a long distinguished history – will be held on October 2, 2012, at Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust Education Center from 5-9PM.
For more, follow the link to Marylynne Pitz’ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/art-architecture/event-puts-designs-on-improving-streets-655415/