2023 Gateway to Equity Award

On March 11, the American Association of University Women North Hills Pittsburgh Branch presented its 2023 Gateway to Equity Award to Kim Freithaler, North Hills Art Center executive director.

According to the AAUW, she embodies the association’s commitment to achieving equity for women and girls by promoting healing through creativity for people of all ages and backgrounds who are working through personal life challenges.

Freithaler’s leadership during the covid-19 pandemic enabled the North Hills Art Center in Ross to obtain new grant funding, remain open safely and increase membership.

Freithaler became president of the art center’s board of directors in 2007 and has been the executive director since 2016. Under her leadership during the pandemic, the center maintained its partnerships with social service agencies.

Through those partnerships, the center fulfilled its mission of providing “healing through creativity” for individuals across the life span by providing free art supplies, art classes and opportunities to display their work for grieving children, victims of intimate partner violence, immigrants, disadvantaged children, youth and families, hospitalized children and their families, military veterans, and elders in residential care.

North Hills Art Center director earns AAUW Equity Award | TribLIVE.com

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