Introduction

Christine Bethea, a local Pittsburgh artist, designer and a 20 year veteran of arts administration who teaches multi-generational art forms, has been chosen as Artist-In-Residence for BCAP. She has worked with national and international organizations, nonprofits and local governments to advance the visibility of Pittsburgh through its artistic community. She is the winner of several prestigious awards for business and art collaborations which include recognition from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As an artist, Bethea works in various media which include painting, sculpture, and assemblage. In addition, she is a Western Pennsylvania heritage quilter, whose work and words have been archived in the Library of Congress and by the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Christine is pleased to be selected by the BCAP in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art to expand on the culture and history of the Bhutanese people in America and in the city. During her first year, Christine will be getting to know the Bhutanese community. She will be working at the BCAP office in Brentwood during the week, learning about programs the organization offers and visiting various BCAP community sites to meet people and gather the names of those who are interested in working with her to create arts programming, activities and classes focused on youth and women. Her second year will be devoted to the creation of a formal art project that will benefit the Bhutanese community.

She invites anyone interested in assisting to call her or e-mail her to set up an appointment to discuss being part of this project. She can be reached by e-mail: cbethea@bcap.us or through the BCAP office.