Whether you’re paddling to a floating platform for a mind-elevating experience or scratching your head over the meaning of a painted white Mustang with corn rows in place of racing stripes, you’re doing just what the organizers of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival hope you’ll do.
The 54th annual festival begins at noon Friday and continues through June 16 Downtown. Admission is free to the 100 visual and performing events and activities that will bring in more than 500 artists to 20 venues including four stages.
New this year will be a half dozen artworks with the primary purpose to engage, perhaps puzzle, and inspire discussion. Generally referred to as “public art,” these outdoor, often large and ambitious projects will extend from the middle of the Allegheny River by Point State Park to the walls of Tito Way in the Cultural District, near the “Cell Phone Disco.”
There are two ways of thinking about art, said, who became this year’s festival director as a part of her earlier appointment to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust director of festival management and special projects.