Carnegie Mellon University

Don't Lose Heart

Sunday, February 14 – Saturday, February 20

CFA Celebrates Black History Month x American Heart Month

The College of Fine Arts invites the campus community to participate in “Don't Lose Heart: Celebrating Black History Month and American Heart Month” beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, and continuing with a week of special activities.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, with Black women disproportionately affected,” said Valeria Martinez, CFA’s new assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion. “It’s important for all of us to be part of this conversation and celebration. We all need to be aware of our health and wellness – which also includes our joy – and that’s why we chose the activities for this weeklong event.”

Share your heart stories with us:
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Radical Self Love Sunday

February 14, 2021

Alecia Dawn practicing yoga outside with lush greenery in the background.

2pm–2:45pm | Yoga with Alecia Dawn
Free for CFA students

Join Alecia Dawn from YOGAMOTIF to breathe, move and look inward this Valentine’s Day. Take a moment to pause and experience 45 minutes of gentle hip movements for your creative center and warming heart openers for radical self love. This all levels Hatha Yoga practice includes seated, floor, and standing postures with modifications for pregnancy and postpartum bodies.

Prepare for this virtual yoga class by bringing a blanket, water and yoga mat to your home practice. This yoga class is in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts.

How to Register

  1. Join the studio with coupon:
    CMUCFA21
  2. Register for the Class
  3. Enjoy!

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Mindful & Meatless Monday

February 15, 2021

Focus on your health today, and find some inspiration and tasty vegan treats from these talented bloggers:

  • Hillaire's BaumassFoods featuring "bomb-ass, plant forward food for all eaters."
  • Jhanelle's From the Comfort of My Bowl that explores the wonders of globally-inspired vegan dishes, specializing in comfort food and Jamaican recipes.
  • Shanika's Orchids + Sweet Tea, where you'll find some of her old childhood favorites and new faves. Shanika offers some dairy-free and gluten-free options amid an "explosion" of vegan dishes.

Share Your Experience
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#MindfulMonday
#MeatlessMonday

Joyful Heart Tuesday

February 16, 2021

Photo of JT Houston on a beach with a perfectly blue sky.

1pm–1:30pm | Cardio with JT Houston

Show your heart some love this Tuesday, and join JT Houston, (ACE) certified personal and group fitness trainer, in his SHRED60 class.

SHRED60 is a cardio-kickboxing style fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with cardio. This class utilizes Soca, Afrobeat and Hip Hop music to keep every one's energy up! This high energy workout challenges the beginner and the more experienced athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility to burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout. This workout is for all levels. Speed is moderate to fast pace.

How to Join

  1. Register in advance
  2. Join with the link you will receive in the registration confirmation email

Share Your Experience
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#CardioTuesday

Wine Down Wednesday

February 17, 2021

Photo of Cecil, relaxing in a lounge chair, toasting the camera with one of his mixed drinks.

4:30pm | Cocktails with Heart

Join Cecil Usher, co-owner of Mindful Hospitality Group, LLC, a restaurant and bar consulting and events company, and partner of the new restaurant and bar St. Clair Social.

Cocktails with Heart will be a one of a kind cocktail experience mixing the history of African Americans' involvement in the early days of mixology for Black History Month with a focus on healthy cocktail practices that are heart and health conscious for National Heart Month. You will learn to mix cocktails that have a story and that will be good for the Heart & Soul.

Non-Alcoholic Options

  • Date with Destiny
    Date / Lime / Sea Salt / Cumin / Ginger Beer / Mint
  • Their Just Due
    Black Tea / Orange  / Pomegranate Juice / Apple / Sparkling Water

Alcoholic Options (21+ Years of Age)

  • Cato Alexander's "Fair Ground" Mint Julep
    Cognac / Allspice / Strawberries / Mint
  • Tom Bullocks' "Earned Respect" New York Sour

    Whiskey / Lemon / Cinnamon / Red Wine

How to Join

  1. Register in advance
  2. Join with the link you will receive in the registration confirmation email

Share Your Experience
#DontLoseHeartCFA
#WineDownWednesday

Happy Heart Thursday

February 18, 2021

JT Houston on a beach, against a perfectly blue sky.

1pm–1:30pm | Cardio with JT Houston

Work out this Thursday, and join JT Houston, (ACE) certified personal and group fitness trainer, in his SHRED60 class.

SHRED60 is a cardio-kickboxing style fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with cardio. This class utilizes Soca, Afrobeat and Hip Hop music to keep every one's energy up! This high energy workout challenges the beginner and the more experienced athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility to burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout. This workout is for all levels. Speed is moderate to fast pace.

How to Join

  1. Register in advance
  2. Join with the link you will receive in the registration confirmation email

Share Your Experience
#DontLoseHeartCFA
#ThursdayWorkout

TGIF & Decompress Friday

February 19, 2021

Take some time to rest and decompress. Relax and unwind by watching a movie or discovering new music:

  • One Night in Miami movie with Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Black Love documentary with Tommy Oliver
  • Music by Renée Elise Goldberry
  • Music by Billy Porter
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#FridayVibe

Find Your Joy Saturday

February 20, 2021

What brings you joy? Spend 60 minutes this Saturday pursuing the little things that bring you joy, and consider these offerings from Black owned businesses and restaurants:

Black Owned Businesses

  • Peachy's Therapeutic Massage
    Offering Therapeutic Massages for relaxation and pain, Peachy's services include Hot Stones, Cupping and Aromatherapy with a specialty in Trigger Point Therapy Release. Their second location is now open in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood.
  • Total Peace and Wellness
    Located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Total Peace and Wellness is a CBD store selling quality full spectrum hemp products.
  • Black Dream Escape
    A radical therapeutic practice that centers Black and Indigenous rest as a primary component of holistic mental health.

Black Owned Restaurants

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#SaturdayMood
#FindYourJoy