Winner: janera solomon
The outgoing executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, janera solomon, changed the Pittsburgh arts scene. In 2016, she implemented KST’s “pay-what-makes-you-happy” pricing system, letting attendees decide how much they can or want to pay for a show. Earlier this year, KST announced that solomon would be leaving her position of 11 years at the end of 2019. But her accomplishments go beyond accessible pricing. Under solomon’s leadership, KST established the newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, artist residency programs, a merger that led to the theater’s satellite space, Alloy Studios, and much more. She helped cultivate a space for dance and performance art in East Liberty, but she also broadened the scope of what was possible for artists in Pittsburgh.