PGC and Pittsburgh Are Proud and Powerful with Google Arts & Culture

Explore Pittsburgh culture in a new interactive online project by Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with 15 local organizations including Pittsburgh Glass Center, at  

Today Google announced its partnership with 15 world-class Pittsburgh institutions to bring the city’s culture—past and present—online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at

For the first time, everyone everywhere can engage with these organizations—including Pittsburgh Glass Center—across the city in one digital location and discover its unique culture. Through the Pittsburgh: Proud and Powerful page, Google Arts & Culture hopes Pittsburghers can rediscover just how much their city has to offer, and that visitors will be encouraged to discover the city for themselves.

Pittsburgh is the first city in the Northeast and fifth in the U.S. to be featured in Google Arts & Culture’s global initiative to capture and share the unique culture of cities. Along with Kansas City, Milwaukee, Charlotte, and Atlanta, Pittsburgh joins European cultural hubs on the platform including Milan and Naples, Italy, Lyon, France, and Hamburg, Germany.  

"This is a great opportunity for us to share our passion for glass globally and to advance a more diverse, vibrant, and accessible glass art community that encourages everyone, from the casually curious to the master artist, to learn, create, and be inspired by glass,” said Pittsburgh Glass Center Executive Director Heather McElwee. 


Screenshot of PGC on Google Arts and Culture


Pittsburgh Glass Center is one of the top public access glass art facilities in the U.S. We offer a unique blend of visual and performance art that combines science, art, and Pittsburgh's rich history in glass. Now with Google Arts and Culture you can use Street View to explore all of our glass studios, explore our recent exhibitions such “Light in Transmission” and “The United”, and learn what it’s like to be a glass artist from anywhere in the world.   

“We are proud to present Pittsburgh’s thriving art scene, community, and heritage to the world online at Google Arts & Culture,” said Todd Underwood, Senior Director Engineering and Google Pittsburgh Site Lead. “Pittsburgh is a trailblazer in American culture–from manufacturing to contemporary art–and now everyone can experience the sights and sounds that make it so unique thanks to our 15 local partners.”    

The project brings together local Pittsburgh partners to celebrate the city’s heritage and cultural DNA. The 15 partners have brought together 55+ stories and 3,200+ artifacts to share the city’s culture with the world, including its manufacturing history, legacy in sports, historic architecture, and contemporary art.    

Now anyone, anywhere can experience Pittsburgh by visiting or downloading Google Arts & Culture’s free Android or iOS app.  

Partners include:  

91.3 WYEP, The Carnegie Museum of Art, BOOM Concepts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Mattress Factory, Rivers of Steel, Clemente Museum, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Carlow University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Ballet, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Senator John Heinz History Center, and the Frick Pittsburgh.   

About Google Arts & Culture 

Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2.000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. If Google’s mission is to make the world’s information more accessible, then Arts & Culture's mission is to make the world's culture accessible to anyone, anywhere. It’s your doorway to explore art, history, and wonders of the world. Discover stories about cultural heritage ranging from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings, Puerto Rico’s heritage, Sports in Australia or the women's right movement to ancient Maya temples, Japanese Food and Indian Railways.