The Three Rivers Arts Festival is fast approaching, June 1st through the 10th to be exact. Exploding with artistic culture and providing an outlet for the fury directed toward hard economic times ever bearing down on the families of the nation, this festival promises an experience much needed by many – hosting many creative avenues for all to experience.
Three Rivers Arts Festival quickly grew from the “little outdoor art show” to the region’s largest multidisciplinary showcase of visual art and performing arts. Despite a rapid growth, the Festival’s mission to connect the community to arts and culture has remained consistent throughout the event’s 50-year history.
Founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival has presented, during its vast and varied history, more than 10,000 visual and performing artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors. In its 50th anniversary year, Three Rivers Arts Festival faced a new turning point in its history as a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, further advancing the shared mission of each organization to foster economic development through the arts and to enhance the quality of life in the region.
One could say that never has this mission been as critical as during these challenging economic times. By providing local citizens with an opportunity for free entertainment and cultural enrichment, Three Rivers Arts Festival is not only fulfilling the original intent of the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art to bring art outside traditional venue walls, but also helping to fill a void many families are experiencing after recreational and travel plans have been curtailed by dwindling household budgets.
The 50th anniversary marks the long awaited return of Three Rivers Arts Festival to the newly revitalized Point State Park, where the Dollar Bank Main Stage, an expanded Artists Market footprint and the Creativity Zone are located. Through the continued use of Gateway Center and the addition of the gallery-and-theater network found in the Cultural District, thousands will discover – as they journey from exhibition spaces to restaurants, theaters, live stages and gathering places – why Pittsburgh is credited as one of the strongest cultural destinations in the country.
For more info, visit: http://www.3riversartsfest.org/
(content courtesy of the actual site for this event and my own creative thinking/writing/support of all things art related)