10 days of free music + art

Pittsburgh, PAJune 5-14, 2015

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#gratitude

#gratitude After a few days of reflection (plus much needed sleep and rest!), I am writing to express my deepest gratitude to all the festivalgoers, artists, curators, performers and writers for contributing to the 56th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. This celebration of creativity, meaningful dialogue and participation, innovation, fun and transformative arts […]

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The Rap Activism of Jasiri X

“Welcome to America’s Most Livable City. Please ignore the invisibles with me. See Pittsburgh—we built its economy But we still lead the nation in black poverty.” So begins Jasiri X’s “America’s Most Livable City,” an early track from the Pittsburgh-based artist that re-evaluates exactly who the Steel City is “most livable” for. Since 2000, Pittsburgh’s […]

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Literary Arts Events this Weekend!

The literary arts are being featured at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival this week. There are poetry readings by poets Dave Newman and Tameka Cage Conley. There are workshops on poetry, experiencing the power of intuition, creative writing about LGBTQA themes, and nonfiction. There is even an opportunity to hear readings from participants […]

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Inaugural CREATE Festival Promises to Excite

Crowdsourced jewelry designs, robot-building workshops, community canvases, absurdist dance interpretations, and multimedia installations that can turn any WiFi-compatible device into an electronic musical instrument –you’ll find all this and much, much more at the inaugural Changing Realities through Art + Technology Explorations (CREATE) Festival, located inside the Wyndham Grand Hotel June 11-12. The CREATE Festival […]

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Share Your Story with Creative Nonfiction’s Anjali Sachdeva

“Everybody has at least one amazing story,” says writer Anjali Sachdeva, and she wants you to bring yours to this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In a 90-minute writing workshop entitled Sharing Your Story, Sachdeva will focus on processes and techniques that can translate personal notes and stories into publishable pieces of writing. […]

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A look at Best in Show artist Terry Boyd

The Best in Show artist this year Terry Boyd began his story as a four year old exploring the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and it has become an annual event for him ever since. A native Pittsburgher, Boyd remembers being at the festival since he was “a brat in a stroller” wandering through […]

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Juried Visual Art Exhibition: Recommendations from Juror Astria Suparak

The Juried Visual Art Exhibition (JVAE) has been a long-standing feature of the festival (it was founded in 1962), but this year, the exhibition is taking a fresh new approach. In keeping with the festival’s overarching theme, the JVAE will be showcasing works that explore UNSEEN/UNHEARD subjects and perspectives from both established and emerging artists. […]

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Inside TRAF’s Leading “Zero-Waste” Initiatives

Each year, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festivals’s free concerts, dance performances, visual art exhibitions, literary readings, and artist markets attract huge crowds. And while they’re there, they eat and drink. Justin Stockdale, Regional Director for Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), says within a traditional festival setting, food is the biggest culprit when it comes to […]

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Pittsburgh Society of Artists’ Intr[Au]spective is Solid Gold

For its golden anniversary, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists has put together a fantastic exhibition of work from 30 local artists. From abstract paintings to sculpture to magnified photography, the 34 pieces in the PSA’s 50th anniversary Intr[Au]spective at 937 Liberty Gallery were handpicked by nationally recognized juror and curator Freyda Spira, each a variation […]

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Experiencing Dance “From the Inside Out” through Unexpected Collaborations

Modern dancer Alexandra Bodnarchuk provides an interesting lens with which to view this year’s dance programming: as a “confluence of dance styles.” That’s because this year, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival patrons will be treated to several unexpected collaborations that challenge our very perceptions of dance and make it more accessible than ever before. […]

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