What You’re Missing in the Cultural District
During the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
May 26, 2017
With so much music and art in Point State Park and Gateway Center during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (TRAF), it’s easy to forget about all of the spectacular things happening just a few blocks away. Here are some of the things you don’t want to miss out on in the Cultural District during this year's Festival:
Daily | Trust Arts Education Center
Drap-Art is an association of artists who collect trash and use them as art materials. With help from Spanish urban artist Francisco de Pajaro, the Drap-Art exhibition will bring vibrancy and individuality to the Cultural District during TRAF. You can see all of the trash turned art in the Trust Arts Education Center any day of the Festival.
2. Nathan Doverspike Exhibit
Daily | 937 Liberty Gallery
From Pittsburgh art to pop art, artist Nathan Doverspike will be showcasing almost every piece of work he’s ever produced at the 937 Liberty Gallery. Doverspike is an award-winning artist who graduated from the Pittsburgh Art Institute in 2014, and is best known for his acclaimed “Pittsburgh Island” which showcases the history, culture, and architecture of the city. In addition to showcasing his journey from child to award-winning artist, Nathan Doverspike will also be selling his artwork from June 2-6 in the Artist Market presented by Peoples Natural Gas.
3. The Freedom to Marry
Starting June 5 | Harris Theater
Follow the journey of Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto, and their colleagues as they prove that ordinary people can change the world. The Freedom to Marry documents the inspirational movement of attempting to change the law regarding same-sex marriage, and in turn, changing hearts and minds along the way. You can catch a showing of The Freedom to Marry at the Harris Theater every night of the Festival.
4. Juried Visual Arts Exhibition
Daily | Trust Arts Education Center
As one of the oldest traditions in the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Juried Visual Arts Exhibition will continue to highlight some of the finest works from artists around the Pittsburgh area and beyond. The jurors of the exhibition go through nearly 600 submissions before picking out who will be showcased in the exhibition. This year, The Trust Arts Education Center will play home to 54 works by 50 artists over the ten days of the Festival. Much of the art this year showcases the vulnerability and social concerns in our tumultuous world. At the end of the ten days, winning artists will be awarded for their achievements and talent. You can play a role too: cast your vote for the People’s Choice award on your cell phone or onsite at the Trust Arts Education Center.
5. Open Galleries
Daily | Throughout the Cultural District
If you missed the Gallery Crawl in April, TRAF is a perfect time to stop by all the exhibitions in the Cultural District. Let yourself be amazed by industrial robots that write calligraphic lines at Wood Street Galleries, step back in time to see the beginning of Pittsburgh’s punk scene at SPACE, and witness the progression of Black music from the fields to hip-hop at the 707/709 Galleries. The galleries in the District will be free to the public and open from noon until 8pm every day of the Festival.
If you’re looking for a new experience at this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, consider spending some time in the Cultural District to see all of the vast things it has to offer. Don’t forget to visit favorite public art installments such as the Cell Phone Disco, Water Cube, and Magnolias for Pittsburgh, too.
Author note: Meaghanne O'Connell is the Festival Marketing Intern for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She is a student at Duquesne University.