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Three Rivers Arts Festival Goes Virtual This Year

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Just because the Three Rivers Arts Festival is canceled doesn't mean patrons still can't check out the artwork.

For the first time in its 61 year history, the festival is going virtual.

Leaders at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust did not want to cancel the iconic Pittsburgh event because of coronavirus, so they decided to move the festival online.

"I don't think it occurred to any of us to just skip a year," said Sarah Aziz, director of the festival.

From June 5 through June 14, all 350 artists will showcase their work online. The work will also be on sale.

Artists, like A.J. Collins who works with ceramics and runs the Jowdy Studio in Pittsburgh, will appear virtually for all 10 days of the festival.

They will each have their own web page featuring several photos, a description of their work and contact information for customers to purchase art.

"I was disappointed that it wasn't going to be public," said Collins. "But, of course, I understand there's no need to put all those people around each other. So for safety reasons, it made sense. I was expecting it to be canceled."

Music performances will be online for viewing, and food trucks will make appearances in various neighborhoods.

There will be performances every night from 7:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. that will be live-streamed.

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