The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination... 

has been contributing to the educational and cultural landscape of Pittsburgh, including hosting an array of events and exhibitions, for over 10 years. Since it’s inception, the IF Center has collaborated with with dozens of schools and other organizations, locally, nationally and globally. Our audience and participants are a vast assortment of ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We offer diverse and unique opportunities for artists and patrons alike.

Exhibitions & Events!

We have exhibitions and community driven events including everything from fashion runways, concerts, puppet shows, dance performance, plays, readings, fundraisers, wellness days, to performance art, et al. You name it, we’ve done it!


Coming This First Friday: solo exhibitions P O R T A L S by Vanessa Adams And Eriko Hattori at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination from August 2– September 6, 2019. First Friday Artists unblurred Receptions 7 - 10 pm. Art tours, special Make & Take Workshops for all ages. Gallery open Sundays 12 - 6 PM.

We are available for community event

Rent Our Space

If you are looking for an affordable space for your next party, bridal shower, wedding ceremony, reception, baby shower, or a different event,, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Summer Camps & More!

We have been doing educational programing for kids and adults since 2008. We do hands-on classes, camps, workshops, festivals and artist residencies. See featured summer camps below. For Spring & more summer camps and to get more information on current camps and classes for kids click here, for adult classes like yoga and Capoeira, click here!

Yelp Review
5.0 star rating 2/2/2017

This has got to be one of the finest community centers a city could have! Located on Penn Avenue in Garfield on the heart of galleries and shops. Irma Freeman was a Pittsburgh artist who was born in Germany. She worked as a painter with most of her impressionist landscapes being painted after she turned 70. The Center has all of the information and history on her interesting life from the very beginning.
I’ve been here several times for classes and exhibitions. In addition, they participate in Unblurred the first Friday of every month. It’s nice to have them participate in this gallery crawl because they often have live bands in addition to works on display.
Some of the classes they offer include Zumba, Capoeira Angola (martial arts), wing tsun Kung Fu, African drum classes as well as DIY projects and tech.
Another Pittsburgh gold mine that shouldn’t be taken for granted. -Karla D.