Since 1960 the Three Rivers Arts festival has brought variations of art to Pittsburgh, and this year, the tradition continues. The 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place at Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center, and the Cultural District from June 3-12. President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Kevin McMahon, says that the free event benefits the local communities creatively and financially.
"The Cultural's Trust's mission is about arts but it's also about the local economy. Using the arts to help improve that economy and this festival alone provides an economic impact in excess of twenty million dollars," says Kevin.
Art in music form will come, in part, from the Pittsburgh Symphony and Orchestra. Its President and CEO, Lawrence Tamburri says they have a classical concert planned for their first appearance at the festival since 1977 on June 5th at 6:00. McMahon adds that they will be launching a Pittsburgh JazzLive International weekend which features jazz performances from around the world from June 3-5.
Other activities throughout the week include an Artists Market showcasing 280 international artists and the Juried Visual Arts Exhibition with more than 80 art pieces. More information about the event can be found at http://www.3riversartsfest.org/