The Creative Hive on March 14, 2024 at Emerald City in Downtown Pittsburgh // Photo by Patrick Fisher

The Creative Hive

Crowd of smiling people networking inside an art gallery
The Creative Hive's January 2024 kickoff event at the Silver Eye Center for Photography // Photo by Patrick Fisher

The Creative Hive is a monthly networking event designed to provide a friendly and casual space for artists, creatives, art educators, culture bearers, and arts administrators to establish and foster professional relationships.

The Creative Hive kicked off in January 2024 and will be held on the second Thursday of every month this year from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meeting locations rotate month-to-month to different creative and cultural venues within Pittsburgh.

Program highlights include:

  • Free and tailored to artists, creatives, art educators, culture bearers, and arts administrators.
  • No program, no agenda – just show up with a desire to network and connect.
  • Be a part of creating stronger connections and bonds, especially between disciplines and roles, to improve the breadth and strength of our sector.
  • Non/alcoholic beverages provided, with support from Barrel & Flow, as well as finger foods.

Meet your Creative Hive hosts

Dr. Tahirah Walker (she/her)

A smiling Black woman with black-and-gray hair, large circular dangly earrings, a chain necklace, and a bright blue top. She's posing outside in front of a brick wall covered with greenery
Host of The Creative Hive, January-December 2024

Tahirah Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Engagement & Leadership at Point Park University's Rowland School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies. Tahirah enjoys books, books, books, music, visual art, and her beautiful supportive family. Tahirah is inspired by a wide range of writers, musicians, and visual artists including Deesha Philyaw, Brian Broome, Kiese Laymon, Yona Harvey, Stevie Wonder, Kara Walker, Reyna Noriega, and the incomparable noteholder mezzo soprano like no other, Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

Melessie Clark (she/her)

A smiling Black woman with long dark hair, a white shirt, and a bright yellow pullover
Host of The Creative Hive, September-December 2024

Melessie is an actor, singer, model, voiceover, and teaching artist. She attended Point Park University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She recently won the 2022 BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Awards for Best Supporting Performer in a Play for her role as Risa in Two Trains Running by August Wilson and Best Supporting Performer in the musical An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake.


The Creative Hive 2024 Schedule

January 2024

January 11, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Silver Eye Center for Photography
Address: 4808 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. silvereye.org

Hosted by: Clara Kent, Dr. Tahirah Walker, and Noa Mims

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

February 2024

February 8, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: MuseumLab at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Address: 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. museumlab.org

Hosted by: Clara Kent, Dr. Tahirah Walker, and Noa Mims

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

March 2024

March 14, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Emerald City
Address: 213 Smithfield St., Downtown. emeraldcitypgh.com 

Hosted by: Clara Kent, Dr. Tahirah Walker, and Noa Mims

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

April 2024

April 11, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Latin American Cultural Center
Address: 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland. lacc.lasaweb.org

Hosted by: Clara Kent, Max "GEMS" Gonzales, and Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

May 2024

May 9, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Trace Brewing
Address: 4312 Main St., Bloomfield. tracebloomfield.com

Hosted by: Dr. Tahirah Walker, Aadam Soorma, and atiya jones

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

June 2024

June 13, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: True T Studios
Address: 4623 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. truetpgh.com

Hosted by: Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

July 2024

July 11, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Kenny's Homewood
Address: 7104 Tioga St., Homewood. kennyshomewood.com

Hosted by: Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

August 2024

August 8, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Union Project
Address: 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park. unionproject.org

Hosted by: Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

September 2024

September 12, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Alumni Theater Company
Address: 6601 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. alumnitheatercompany.org

Hosted by: Melessie Clark and Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

October 2024

October 10, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Protohaven
Address: 214 N. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. protohaven.org

Hosted by: Melessie Clark and Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

November 2024

November 14, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Center
Address: 67 Bedford Square, South Side. pittsburghcommunitybroadcasting.org

Hosted by: Melessie Clark and Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here

December 2024

December 12, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: TLC Libations (Oasis Taproom at Bridgeway Capital)
Address: 7800 Susquehanna St., Homewood. tlclibations.com

Hosted by: Melessie Clark and Dr. Tahirah Walker

→ Learn more, and grab your free tickets, here