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Dollar Bank Becomes Premiere Presenting Sponsor for Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 4-13‏

Dollar Bank Becomes Premiere Presenting Sponsor for Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 4-13‏

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Dollar Bank Becomes Premiere Presenting Sponsor for

Three Rivers Arts Festival

June 4 – 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH - Community champion Dollar Bank has extended its long-standing support of Three Rivers Arts Festival, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, by becoming the Festival's first-ever presenting sponsor. Dollar Bank's generous Festival sponsorship exemplifies the bank's commitment to Pittsburgh's rich cultural heritage and its visionary community partners.

"Dollar Bank is proud to support outstanding community partners," said Robert P. Oeler, President and CEO of Dollar Bank. "Like Dollar Bank, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has an exceptional track record with community events such as the Trust's First Night Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh International Children's Festival and now Three Rivers Arts Festival. Three Rivers Arts Festival is a time-honored tradition provides Pittsburghers a free summer destination and breaks down traditional barriers to experiencing art."

Key to Three Rivers Arts Festival's ongoing success is the strategic collaboration among the many community partners who work closely with the Festival on performing arts, producing exhibitions and curating Festival experiences, among other initiatives. According to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO J. Kevin McMahon, Dollar Bank's substantive stake in the Festival will greatly contribute to collaborative efforts.

"Three Rivers Arts Festival is our city's largest public stage. Community collaboration is increasingly vital to the long-term survival of the Festival, which is the largest free festival of its kind in country." said McMahon. "We are grateful to Dollar Bank for its generous support, which will help us to build upon strategic community alliances for the ultimate benefit of Festival patrons for years to come."

The Festival's creativity is fueled by a growing consortium of more than 40 community partners including Sustainable Pittsburgh, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Carnegie Mellon University, Gateway to the Arts, Pennsylvania Resources Council, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Among the more than 100 individual events and performances featuring more than 500 visual artists and musicians, highlights of the 2010 Festival include:

* 10 days and nights of live music featuring more than 50 individual acts and nightly headliners on the Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park.

* The traditional Artists Market, featuring 300 artists selling original artworks and handmade fine crafts. The 2010 Artists Market features 150 different artists each weekend, two-thirds of whom are new to the Festival this year.

* The return of juried visual art and temporary public art.

* Visual arts exhibitions in galleries throughout the Cultural District, including the New Juried Visual Art Exhibition, the Art of Technology, and many more.

* The Creativity Zone at Point State Park, featuring hands-on activities for all ages and kid-friendly performances in the WQED Tent.

Demonstrating the convergence of art and sustainability, Three Rivers Arts Festival is a national leader in environmentally-conscious event production. With support from Colcom Foundation, over the past two years the Festival has diverted 83% of its garbage - more than 50 tons annually - from landfills through a comprehensive open-stream compost and recycling program. In 2010, as Pittsburgh has been selected as the North American Host City for the annual United Nations World Environment Day, Three Rivers Arts Festival will be the cornerstone of related activity including interactive and educational programming that complements the celebration's theme of "Water Matters" and related biodiversity issues.

In addition to Dollar Bank, Three Rivers Arts Festival is generously supported by the Pittsburgh community. The Trust is thankful for the generous contributions of Colcom Foundation; the Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundation; The Buhl Foundation; The Grable Foundation; Henry L. Hillman Foundation; Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation; and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, in addition to corporate support from Giant Eagle and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Media partners include City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WQED Multimedia, and 91.3 WYEP-FM.

Complete programming details will be available May 6 online at and by calling 412-456-6666.

About Three Rivers Arts Festival

A division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the mission of Three Rivers Arts Festival is to connect the community to the arts. The 51st annual Three Rivers Arts Festival runs from June 4-13, 2010. For more information, visit

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh's 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh.

In addition to the PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Pittsburgh Dance Council, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, Three Rivers Arts Festival, and the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events.

The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O'Reilly, and Harris Theaters; Wood Street Galleries; SPACE, a visual arts gallery at 812 Liberty Avenue; and 937 Liberty, a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.

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