Summer brings a number of long awaited things to Pittsburgh – the sun, sunshine, sunlight, and, of course, Three Rivers Arts Festival. At ten days, Three Rivers Arts Festival is still among the largest and longest free arts festivals in the country. All that programming can seem daunting. But don’t worry: I’ve got the insider’s edge on the Festival.
Who am I? Ross Scarano.
I’ve been attending the Festival since I was a small child leashed to my parents. If you attended the 2008 Festival (and I’m sure you did), I may have helped you dispose of your trash as part of the Festival’s wildly successful Zero-Waste Initiative. Or maybe you saw me snapping photos in and around the Artists Market. See, last year I was an intern with the Arts Festival, which made me a sort of Festival jack-of-all-trades – “curatorial to janitorial,” as we say around the office.
Now that I’m freshly graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing, I get to be a bit more specialized. The Festival turns a youthful 50 this year, and I’ll be bringing you all the information you need to make the most of this year’s Festival. I’ll be your blogger on the street, getting the stories behind this year’s all-star musical line-up, introducing Emerging Artist Scholarship winners in the Artists Market, and heaps more.
I hope that you’ll use this blog as a tool to find out what might appeal most to you – from familiar artists you know and love to new discoveries. But for all those hardcore Three Rivers Arts Festival junkies out there (and I’m one of them), remember there’s nothing as satisfying as catching it all.
So stay posted everybody! We’re 5 weeks away.