Airport Art Initiatives Aim to Spark Kids’ Creativity

PIT launches unique art exhibit, free activity book to engage families in community

By Matt Neistei

Published August 31, 2020

Read Time: 2 mins


The marvel of flight has inspired countless artists over the years. And while far fewer people are flying today due to COVID-19, Pittsburgh International Airport hopes to kindle that inspiration with two new art programs aimed at children.

Spearheaded by PIT staffers Teresa Clark and Rachel Saul Rearick, the airport’s Aviation Educator and Arts & Culture Manager, respectively, the programs represent “amazing opportunities for us to connect with children and families even if they aren’t necessarily coming to the airport right now,” Clark said.

One of those opportunities is a student art exhibit that will begin taking submissions from local children on Sept. 1. The theme of the exhibit: “Nobody Owns the Sky,” the title of a book about Bessie Coleman, the first African-American licensed pilot.

Children may create any art in any medium, then take photos of that work and submit it to the airport. Winners will be chosen from different age groups, with those photos being displayed throughout the airport. The airport will also host a private virtual tour for the winners.

Local artists Toby Atticus Fraley, Tereneh Idia and Blaine Siegel contributed to the aviation-themed activity book.

For more details on how to submit work for the exhibit, visit

And while you’re on the site, you can see PIT’s all-new digital activity book, “PIT Safe Travels@Home.” With contributions from Fraley’s Robot Repair creator Toby Atticus Fraley, innovative fashion designer Tereneh Idia and multidisciplinary sculptor Blaine Siegel, the book is filled with airport-themed puzzles, games and activities that can keep home-bound families entertained.

The book is available for free on the airport’s website.

“Our vision is to reflect and serve our community especially during this difficult time,” Rearick said. “Our team is pleased to have collaborated with local artists to offer these opportunities that help children catalyze their energy and creativity, and learn about art and aviation in the process.”

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