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Point Of View Photo by Dr. Freddie Fu
A Message from Hilda Pang Fu, Luminari Founder and President 

Sometimes, when words fail us, we are lucky enough to find an image that captures our feelings. This is such an image ... read more 
by Judi Rosen, parent of S&T camper
How often do any of us get to learn a life skill?
How many times have you had an idea, but not the tools to express it?
For as much as we all try to slow down the spinning wheels in our kids’ lives, their schedules are often demanding, and the opportunities to gain real tools can be hard to find ... read more
by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

We Pittsburghers are getting a glimpse of the future not yet available to those in other places. Google’s self-driving cars are out and about every day, mapping our streets and working out the bugs so the rest of us eventually may be driven around. You’ll recognize the special cars by the boxes of GPS gear on the roofs ... read more


by Lisa Silberg, Camp Delicious! Co-Director

The holidays are here and for many of us that means finding the willpower to avoid all those delicious temptations. Let’s face it, this season is all about family, friends and ESPECIALLY food! So how do you enjoy without overindulging? Here to help is Chef Lisa Silberg who offers her mouthwatering and healthy recipes ... read more


by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

Our series of unusual and unique musical instruments continues with the YAYBAHAR. As scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of the universe, they have begun to record some "eerie, otherwordly and warped" sounds from space. Those same adjectives can be used to describe our featured instrument ... read more

And the Emmy Goes to...

Gina Catanzarite with her 9th Emmy Award. Photo by David Solomon
Congratulations Gina Catanzarite (Luminari's Teen Writer! Camp Director) 
During a ceremony held on September 24 in Philadelphia, Gina won her 9th Emmy Award (and 26th nomination) for a half-hour documentary she made for WQED Multimedia about teens and their unique sleep issues and related health problems. Her documentary titled “Bedtime Story: The Troubling Truth About Teens & Sleep” was awarded in the Health/Science category at the 2016 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
In her acceptance speech, Gina shared a message about the importance of journalism and journalists that really resonates: As journalists, we know the importance of being the “storyteller” in society. But we always have to remember that we wouldn’t have stories to tell if people didn't trust us to tell their personal stories. There’s weight and responsibility in that. It is a privilege to have someone trust you to tell their story accurately, with sensitivity and dignity. For all the people who have trusted me with that privilege, I give my heartfelt thanks. It is because of their trust that I have stories to tell.

Well done, Gina, you are one of the very best storytellers we know!


Our contest is open to all writers 12-years of age and older! This is your opportunity to let your writing skills shine: submit todayONE WINNER will be selected from all of the eligible submissions to receive a $50 TARGET GIFT CARD sponsored by PghPsych, and have his or her story featured in the JANUARY issue of LUMOS
LUMINARI programs are made possible by the generous support of our SPONSORS
We are extremely grateful for their belief in our mission and continued support!
About Luminari 
Luminari is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activites that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.

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