Open Call for Artists – 58th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival





Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is officially accepting applications for participants in the 58th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 2-11, 2017. The nation’s premier free arts festival seeks a diverse group of visual and performing artists of all disciplines and career stages. The festival attracts half a million visitors annually to enjoy an extensive array of music, performance, visual arts, crafts/art making activities and a renowned Artist Market.

“We are pleased to continue celebrating original works from regional artists and newcomers, leading to a selection of world-class, renowned exhibitions and shows,” said Sarah Aziz, director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival and other special projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This year’s call for visual and performing artists welcomes artists and performers who have never before participated in TRAF, emphasizing brand new art and original work. Applications will be accepted from October 3, 2016 through January 17, 2017. Application status notifications will be sent to all applicants in late March of 2017.

Travel + Leisure named Pittsburgh one of the Best Places to Travel in 2016, stating “the Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City.” This is evidenced by the 10-day arts celebration in downtown Pittsburgh, which attracts local, regional, national and international artist participation. In 2017, artists will have the opportunity to explore the following opportunities:

Artist Market presented by Peoples – a renowned market, featuring over 300 artists selling one-of-a-kind pieces

Juried Visual Art Exhibition – showcasing new regional art in a variety of media, juried by an esteemed panel

Emerging Artist Scholarship Program – providing individuals with little to no experience the opportunity to produce their first show

Music & Performing Arts – showcasing the original work of dancers, actors, literary and performance artists

Special Project / Collaboration – creative original concepts, multidisciplinary work and collaborations that emphasize engaging the audience directly and working beyond traditional stages

Applications will be accepted from October 3, 2016 through January 17, 2017. To learn more about the submission categories and to apply, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting over 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. Now in its 58th year, the Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, performance, visual arts, crafts/art-making activities and a renowned Artist’s Market featuring over 300 artists from around the country. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process–emphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentation–in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. The programming line-up for the 58th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be announced in the spring of 2017.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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