Janera Solomon, executive director of East Liberty’s beloved Kelly Strayhorn Theater, announced her decision to step down last week after 11 years with the theater. Planning to leave her position in December, she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the next period of her life will be about “time for my family, time to enjoy my neighborhood.”

Read more about her decision and legacy in the article.

We want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to Janera for her guiding vision of using the arts to build a diverse and welcoming community. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater and East Liberty will miss her leadership and passion, and the community would never be what it is today without her.