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Innovative CREate event to be part of annual Three Rivers Arts Festival

| Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:50 p.m.
Maggie Caballero a 10th grader at Winchester Thurston plays violin with the Amadeus Quartet from Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras Chamber Music Program Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.
James Knox | Trib Total Media
Maggie Caballero a 10th grader at Winchester Thurston plays violin with the Amadeus Quartet from Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras Chamber Music Program Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Dwayne Moyer (front) and Randal Miller from Spring Hill are Hidden Characters a hip-hop dance team that performed Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.
James Knox | Trib Total Media
Dwayne Moyer (front) and Randal Miller from Spring Hill are Hidden Characters a hip-hop dance team that performed Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Jasiri X gives a spoken word performance Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.
James Knox | Trib Total Media
Jasiri X gives a spoken word performance Monday, April 20, 2015 during an event announcing the line up of this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.

This year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a 10-day Pittsburgh tradition in its 56th year, will feature a new “Create” festival, along with other new features and the standard annual favorites.

Create 2015, from June 10 to 12, brings together innovators from around the country to inspire each other and come up with new ideas. Create offers a lineup of arts and tech workshops, panels and performances with topics ranging from robotics, fine art, film and television to animation, held in rooms at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Create is a project of the Creative Industries Network as an initiative of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. And participants don't need to pay registration fees.

Everything at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, from June 5 to 14 Downtown, is “all absolutely free and open to the public,” Kevin McMahon, president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said at a news conference April 20. The event will draw “hundreds of thousands of visitors,” he said.

The arts festival — which has the theme “Unseen/Unheard” emphasizing artists and performers who have never worked at the festival — also includes a few public-art installations that people can explore. New installations this year include Trophy Cam, a creation by artist Matthew Forrest with a live web feed at 600 Liberty Ave. in Downtown. Artist Dennis Childers' iPhone Alley gives a photographic observation of Exchange Way.

Another special feature this year is a joint performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera on June 8, along with the daily free concerts by pop artists. The previously announced lineup of live music acts includes: June 5, Jenny Lewis; June 6, Railroad Earth and Elephant Revival; June 7, Alvvays; June 9, The Felice Brothers and Hurray for the Riff Raff; June 10, Milo Greene; June 11, Rhiannon Giddens; June 12, Richard Thompson; June 13, Neko Case; and June 14, Benjamin Booker.

The Pittsburgh Society of Artists will celebrate its 50th anniversary with “Intr(au)spective,” a juried art exhibit open daily at the 937 Gallery. In the Art on Film program, five films will run multiple times throughout the festival at Harris Theater.

A staple of the arts festival is the daily Artist Market, where more than 300 rotating artists from around the country will set up booths and sell their creations. And kids can be entertained with hands-on activities at the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone.

“It is rare that one festival can reach so many people,” Joseph B. Smith, senior vice president of marketing for the main sponsor Dollar Bank, said at the news conference.

Details: 3riversartsfest.org

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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