Cultivating Year Round Artistic Experiences

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's mission of cultural and economic revitalization keeps downtown Pittsburgh alive and buzzing with numerous art experiences on any given night.

By Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

In addition to renovating and restoring Pittsburgh's historic theater district, the Trust works year round to bring unique and engaging artistic experiences to the communities of Pittsburgh.

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts Interior with Audience (20th Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series

This series is one of the most popular presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Each year the Trust curates a season full of the latest Broadway hits, classics, and everything in between. 

Liberty Magic Stage (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Liberty Magic

As the Trust's most recent venture, this 66-seat theater has gained rising popularity presenting close up magic in an intimate setting. 

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival/ Dance Council Collaboration: Origami (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Dance Council

Each season this series never fails to impress. Dance companies from all over the world have wowed Pittsburgh audiences. 

EQT Children's Theater Festival (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Children's Theater Series and EQT Bridge Theater Series

These two series cater to younger audiences and their families. Season lineups include multiple eclectic performances that aim to engage and relay thoughtful messages to our young audience members. 

Greer Cabaret Theater Interior (21st century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Trust Cabaret Series

This signature series gives audience members the opportunity to experience the world's finest Broadway artists in an intimate setting. The unique theater design allows guests to order food and beverages while they enjoy the performance. 

Trust Arts Education: Visual Arts Student Presentation (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Trust Arts Education

The Trust Arts Education Team provides experiences for personal and professional growth through performances, workshops, classes, and other programs that nurture an appreciation and understanding through the arts.

Agnes R. Katz Plaza (20th Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive!

Every Tuesday during the summer the region's finest jazz artists are presented as part of this free series. The performances usually take place outside in Katz Plaza. 

SPACE Gallery (n/a) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Visual Arts

Four visual art galleries are scattered throughout the district. The exhibitions are changed quarterly and commemorated with the Quarterly Gallery Crawl events. 

Cell Phone Disco (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Public Art

The Cultural District is home to many public art pieces. Take a stroll around downtown and explore the art scattered throughout the urban landscape. 

Gallery Crawl Silent Disco (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gallery Crawls

Each quarter of the year the Trust hosts a Gallery Crawl to launch the changing of the visual art exhibitions in each gallery. The crawls are completely free and focus on highlighting artists from under represented communities. 

One of the most iconic annual events produced by the Cultural Trust is the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Point State Park (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

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.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Stage (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Three Rivers Arts Festival quickly grew from the “little outdoor art show” cited above to what is today the region’s largest multidisciplinary showcase of visual art and performing arts. 

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Performers (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival has presented, during its vast and varied history, more than 10,000 visual and performing artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors. 

In addition to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Trust transforms downtown Pittsburgh into a colorful work of art multiple times a year with various festivals. The list of festivals extends to the EQT Children's Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, Bookish in the 'Burgh, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts: Manifold (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

Occurring once every 4-5 years this festival  welcomes U.S., North American, and World Premieres to the Cultural District. 

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts: Beyond (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

The combination of theater, public art, and visual art make this festival unforgettable. 

EQT Children's Theater Festival Outdoor Activities (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

EQT Children's Theater Festival

Each Spring the Cultural District springs to life with this festival that is catered to children and their families. National and international artists gather to present their educational and engaging programs. 

EQT Children's Theater Festival Circle, Circle, Circle (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

The festival also includes interactive public art pieces. 

Trust Oasis (21st Century) by Pittsburgh Cultural TrustPittsburgh Cultural Trust

The public art pieces engage the community and transform underutilized urban spaces within the city. 

The Cultural District is bursting with vibrant art experiences that are accessible to anyone. From the signature series to free festivals there is truly something for every audience.

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Story Creator: Madigan Greiner, Show Marketer - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 

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