The Festival is Virtual, But the Art is Real!

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Slated for June 5-14

Art by Olena Abakumova

PITTSBURGH — Now in its 61st year in 2020, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces the festival will be presented for the first time in its history as an all-digital festival.

This year’s Festival grounds will take place on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website via TrustArts.org/TRAF. Yes, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, taking place June 5-14 is virtual, and the art is real!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s decision to refrain from bringing a physical festival and moving to a digital platform was conscientiously made due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that has changed life as we know it across every sector. The festival’s management continues to follow the mandates and guidelines of social distancing and large public gatherings as provided by local, state, government and health officials for the safety and health of everyone.

Art connects all of us. For the past 60 years, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s multidisciplinary festival has presented an array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, and more, completely free of charge and open to the public, as well as an Artist Market which provides a platform and exposure for more than 300 artists. As much as organizers and patrons want to gather 500,000 people to celebrate art in all its forms this June, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has made this physically impossible as officialsw continue to prioritize safety of the city and the people.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring to the community this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2020 through a digital platform that honors the community and artists. This unique first-ever, 10-day digital festival will bring to as many households as possible and for all ages new opportunities to be a part of immersive art experiences that continue the festival’s legacy of celebrating together music, art, creative activity, food, visual art, public art, one of a kind artistic projects and more.

It is the vision of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust that this digital festival will also serve as a world-class model for other arts organizations and similar festivals. The festival microsite TrustArts.org/TRAF will feature some new innovations aimed at creating a fun festival experience that’s easily navigated on any device from any location. Featured programming components of this year’s digital festival include the Artist Market, that also features works by emerging artists; digital stages: Dollar Bank digital main stage and 24/7 Stage; transverse: visual art exhibition; Compass Roses: Maps by Artists; Anthropology of Motherhood: Culture of Care; Public Art in the Cultural District; creative activities; film and food.

Sarah Aziz, director of festival management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust shares, “We are honored to be shining a brilliant light on all of the artists and community partners who will be participating in this first-ever digital Three Rivers Arts Festival. Our vision for this festival is to bring art-inspired experiences for everyone in the community, and beyond, to journey with us and walk through this redefined footprint throughout the 10 days and together find and share many special moments and treasures of inspiration.”

Aziz continued, “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust extends its profound thanks to its Title Sponsor Dollar Bank and Supporting Sponsor Giant Eagle for their stalwart and generous support in the face of unprecedented circumstances. And to our many other generous and enthusiastic contributors, we look forward to providing you with many amazing opportunities as we move to a digital space in 2020 and plan for our on-site return in 2021. And, of course, deepest thanks to all the essential workers helping to keep us safe and healthy these past few months. “

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust expresses its gratitude to Dollar Bank for its generous support of the arts over the years that has made it possible to bring this ever popular, free 10-day Festival for everyone in the community to enjoy.

“For many of us, it just wouldn’t seem like summer in Pittsburgh without the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival to usher in the season. The sense of community that this festival brings is more important than ever this year, and Dollar Bank is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to present 10 days of virtual free art and music to everyone. We will all be physically together again one day soon, but until then, stay safe and stay connected through the power of art,” said Jim McQuade, president and CEO, Dollar Bank.

The complete list of digital programming taking place during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be available beginning June 5 through 14 at TrustArts.org/TRAF and in advance of the festival opening day, as well as throughout, everyone is invited to join and follow the Festival on Facebook for more updates.


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