Arts Greenhouse is a free hip-hop based arts education program serving Pittsburgh teens.  We believe in the power of creative expression, not only as a tool for personal growth and development, but also as a means of promoting a culturally rich, socially integrated community.

Featured Artists

Montell“Montell Fish” is a 17-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh. Just a fish, lost at sea. Don’t drown for too long. He attends City High Charter School, and considers himself a very (deep) young man with his own perceptions of life. “Music means freedom to me, I can be myself without having to care if someone is judging me for it because I ultimately make the music for myself. The message of the music I make for others, and I want to help others get a grip and what’s going on in this world. Arts greenhouse has been a great experience –I’ve gotten to meet new people, record in a great studio, and have grown more comfortable with live performances.”


MichaelMichael has been playing music all his life. At only 13, he can hold his own on at least 7 instruments already! Michael hopes to become a music producer one day.

Our participants are provided the resources, guidance, inspiration, and encouragement necessary to put their creativity to work.

Our workshops, held every Saturday throughout the school year at Carnegie Mellon University, go far beyond the music, touching on all genres of art and tackling tough social issues through discussions and workshops lead by a diverse group of instructors, student volunteers, visiting professors from humanities, drama, art and music and by professional artists from the local hip-hop community. With access to a state-of-the-art recording studio, students produce an album of original music and perform on campus and at venues throughout the community.



Classes are held every Saturday 1-5pm
College of Fine Arts Building at Carnegie Mellon University
Room 303
Classes are free to attend

Learn how to make beats, record vocals, and mix down your tracks in a state-of-the-art recording studio!

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We are located in room CFA-303, on the third floor of the College of Fine Arts building on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

If you would like to get involved with Arts Greenhouse as either a participant or volunteer, please contact us through the form below:



Arts Greenhouse
Richard Purcell, Director

Email: rpurcell@cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon University
Dietrich College
Department of English
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA