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54th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Focuses on Art & Collaboration

April 29, 2013

DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL June 7 – 16, 2013 Point State Park |
Cultural District | Hertz Gateway Center

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is set to fulfill its mission of connecting the community to the arts this summer, June 7 – 16, 2013, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 10-day Festival is free and open to the public and presents high-quality and diverse visual and performing art attractions sprawling from the newly renovated Point State Park at the confluence of the city’s famed three rivers, through picturesque Gateway Center, and into Pittsburgh’s world-renowned 14-block Cultural District. During its vast and varied history, the Festival has featured more than 12,000 artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors, including an annual crowd of 400,000.

This year’s Festival is significant for its role as a foundation to a number of cooperating high-profile cultural events bringing national and international attention to the City of Pittsburgh. Together, the events symbolize Pittsburgh’s 30-year transformation into a global city with a thriving quality of life.

“We are proud of the continued development of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and excited to celebrate its 54th year. The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival contributes to the cultural vitality of the city, and generates over $23 million dollars, serving as an economic stimulus to the region,” said Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “This year, we are even more proud of the collaborative spirit of community partnership that has prevailed throughout planning and programming. With the grand reopening of the Point State Park fountain by Riverlife, the completion of the Great Allegheny passage, PRIDEFest, the Americans for the Arts Conference, our Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival and other ancillary events, we are proud to serve as an artistic and cultural connector between local and national organizations, the city of Pittsburgh and the world.”

Joseph B. Smith, Senior Vice President Marketing, Dollar Bank added, “Dollar Bank is pleased to continue a long tradition of providing community events in downtown Pittsburgh. The 10-day Festival represents a microcosm of activity that is taking place throughout our neighborhoods, 365 days per year, and we are proud to serve as the Presenting Sponsor. We are very pleased to see the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their third consecutive year, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Opera.” The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will feature two Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists as part of this year’s program. “The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to be a part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival that is enjoyed by some many people in our community” remarked James A. Wilkinson, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

This year, the Festival also welcomes Veronica Corpuz as the Director. Corpuz has infused the Festival with a new vision statement that includes reimagining and envisioning the Pittsburgh region as a place where impactful, artful experiences contribute directly to the quality of life for everyone and are embraced as essential for the entire community. “We believe that art matters, and envision the Festival as a safe place for the open exchange of creativity and dialogue, ideas and participation, said Corpuz. “Through the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, we seek to present a full spectrum of programming that collectively creates vibrancy throughout Downtown Pittsburgh, provides respite and fun, and evokes a sense of awe and wonder,” she concluded.

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is made possible by the generous support of Colcom Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Fine Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh and Imagine Pittsburgh.


All headline concerts on the Dollar Bank Stage begin at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park. The headline concerts will be augmented by additional live music on opening weekend, June 7 - 9, as musicians perform on three stages positioned on the streets of the Cultural District at the 3rd annual Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival, a 3-day event produced in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. More information is available at

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros | Friday, June 7 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Kick-off to the Festival and Riverlights at the Point celebration.

Ralph Stanley | Saturday, June 8 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Bluegrass Day supported by Colcom Foundation. Other performances include Allegheny Drifter, Mon River Rambler and Great American Taxi. Second Stage performances include The unknown String Band and the Shelf Life String Band.

Cello Fury with special guests Joy Ike and Scott Blasey of the Clarks | Sunday, June 9 | 7:30 - 9 pm
This WYEP Regional Showcase performance is supported by American Eagle Outfitters’ Foundation.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra | Monday, June 10 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Music Director: Manfred Honeck. Program will feature Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists Jasmine Muhammed and Kyle Oliver.

Grupo Fantasma | Tuesday, June 11 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Grammy award-winning Latin funk band. 

Glen Hansard | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Acclaimed songwriter from The Sell Season and The Frames. 

Lucius | Thursday, June 13| 7:30 - 9 pm
Lauded Indie-Pop band.

Red Baraat | Friday, June 14 | 7:30 - 9 pm
The pioneering bhangra and brass celebration music of Red Baraat will be presented as part of World Music Day supported by Vibrant Pittsburgh. Jontre, will open World Music Day, performing Latin and African-American grooves with Columbian flavor.

The Airborne Toxic Event | Saturday, June 15 | 7:30 - 9 pm
Anthemic Indie-Rock band

Blind Boys of Alabama | Sunday, June 16 | 7:30 - 9 pm
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years.


American Hero #4 |Gateway Center Lawn | Daily, 12pm – 9pm
Artist: Hugh Hayden
American Hero #4 is a reading on American mainstream culture in pluralistic society.

Floating Buddha | Point State Park | Daily, 12pm – 9pm
Artist: Chang-Jin Lee
Floating Buddha is a transparent inflatable Buddha floating on water.

Art House at the Arts Festival | Giant Eagle Creativity Zone, Point State Park | Daily, 12pm – 6pm
Renowned visual artist, Vanessa German, will bring her Homewood Art House to the Arts Festival, sharing inspiration and imagination with youth and adults.

The Drift/Conflict Kitchen | Point State Park, Allegheny Front | June 16, 12pm – 6pm
The Drift is a floating platform for creative projects that explore the rivers and waterfronts within the city of Pittsburgh. In the spring of 2012, a team of seven artists constructed a pair of hexagonal rafts. Since then, The Drift has hosted a series of performances, lectures, and buoyant interventions.


Juried Visual Art Exhibition The annual Juried Visual Art Exhibition, held at 805-807 Liberty Avenue in the Trust Arts Education Center (James E. Rohr Building) features Pittsburgh’s best new visual art. Several large scale three dimensional works allow the show to flow between the building’s 3rd and 4th floors. Curated by Casey Droege, the Flight School Visual Art Exhibition features the work and installations by Flight School fellows specializing in the visual arts. In its third year, the Flight School Fellowship is a professional development program designed for professional artists living in the Pittsburgh region. Each year, 15 selected Flight School fellows attend a weekend intensive Creative Capital Professional retreat at the beginning of an eight-week series of workshops with guest artists, mentors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh nonprofit and artist communities. Flight School is a program of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers.


Artist demonstrations and hands-on activities are available annually at the Festival. Educational shows for all ages are available ranging from culturally-diverse music performances to story-telling to collaborative painting projects. This year’s creativity zone is being enhanced by a Dream Cycle Tent, which will include a photo exhibit curated by Renee Rosensteel. The Dream Cycle Tent, supported by the Colcom Foundation, will be part of a new initiative, Creativity in Motion, which will provide interactive activities inspired by the art and science of cycling and include a portion of the Carnegie Science Center’s Science of Bikes exhibit, highlighting the science behind bikes. Creativity in Motion is based upon the famous quote by Einstein "I thought of that while riding my bicycle” (on the theory of relativity). A new Miniature Marina by the Laurel Foundation at the Artist Market will also provide a new children’s model sailboat activity. Other organizations participating in the expanded Giant Eagle Creativity Zone include Carnegie Science Center, Bike PGH, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, iQ Kids Radio, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, City of Play, Citiparks, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Demo Stage, the Calligraphy Guild and the Woodturner's Guild.


This year’s Artists Market footprint is expanded in order to provide opportunity for more than 300 artists to participate and to enhance the experience for visitors. In recent years, Point State Park played host to Artists Market booths only on weekends; now, the Park hosts more total artist booths and does so during all ten days of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. Booths are also added along Penn Avenue extension near Hertz Gateway Center. Changes within the Hertz Gateway Center plaza area increase free space to create a safer and more comfortable browsing space, with a large number of booths remaining. The Artists Market is one of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival’s cornerstones and is among the most-anticipated attractions every year. It is comprised of artists carefully selected by a distinguished review panel and presents completely handmade work available for public purchase.

For a full listing of events, please visit or call 412.456.6666.

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