Advance teams have been visiting Pittsburgh during the past few weeks to scope out the summit’s main venue, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
But the White House announced Monday morning that Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Creative and Performing Arts High School and Rosemont, the working farm of philanthropist Teresa Heinz Kerry, will also be featured venues during the Pittsburgh Summit.
President Obama will host a working dinner for world leaders at the Phipps, chosen in part because of the green-friendly features of the facility that include an earth-sheltered welcome center and a Tropical Forest Conservatory described as the world’s most energy efficient.
First Lady Michelle Obama will host a luncheon at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side, because of the worldwide popularity of Warhol’s art and due to the museum’s reputation as a hub for community dialogue, the White House said. Mrs. Obama will also bring a tour of world leaders to the Creative and Performing Arts School Downtown out of her commitment to arts education.
At Rosemont Farm, Mrs. Obama will host the Pittsburgh Summit’s spousal program with a private dinner at the working Fox Chapel farm.
The White House is working with state and local officials on the meeting, which is expected to draw political leaders representing 85 percent of the world’s economy.
The Pittsburgh Summit is expected to assess the progress made in overcoming the world economic crisis since previous summits in Washington and London, according to the White House announcement.