The Cultural Trust’s First Ever Humanities Festival

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust can take credit for many things in the Pittsburgh area; Creating one of the most well-respected arts communities in the nation, the revitalization of the downtown region during the steel crash, a time when loyalty to the city was fleeting, or creating a tourist destination that sees some 2-million people per year.

Since 1984, it’s been a constant work in motion to bring arts and culture to the city, and now the Trust continues to reinvent themselves with the announcement of the inaugural Humanities Festival. In partnership with the Humanities Center at CMU, The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators offering interviews, intimate conversations and select performances focused on topics ranging from art, literature and music to science, policy and politics.

“The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival seeks to explore and evaluate the current condition of human life,” shared Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

“For over thirty years, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has been attentive to the quality of life provided for Pittsburgh residents and visitors. It is our hope that these programs will illicit new and unique thoughts with regard to how we view the world.”

This kind of event continue to engage and entertain the people of Pittsburgh, further cementing the Cultural Trust’s goal to grow the community through the arts.

“The festival will demonstrate the humanities — broadly defined as knowledge of humankind and its works — are stimulating, entertaining and vital to the life of the community. Carnegie Mellon has helped lead Pittsburgh into the 21st century and the Humanities Festival, modeled on Chicago’s 25-year old example, is another step in the city’s transformation into a capital of culture and innovation,” shared David Shumway, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon.

Events will be held Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Sunday, March 29, 2015, throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as well as at select venues of partnering organizations and galleries.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will go on sale Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9 a.m. Full festival passes, single tickets and student pricing will be available. For a listing of events and to receive updates, please visit or call 412-456-6666. Groups may purchase discounted tickets by calling 412-471-6930.


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