Press Release for Tree River Circus

Thank you to Drew Wilson of Carlow University for putting together this Press Release for this year's Circus. 

Tree River Circus, Celebrating Pittsburgh and Environment, To Take Place on July 24
Festival the Brainchild of Carlow University Alumna, Athena KitchenFlint

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Tree River Circus, a festival which brings together local artists, musicians, poets, and environmentalists celebrating Pittsburgh and the environment, will take place on Sunday, July 24, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Allegheny Commons on the North Side.  The festival is free and open to the public.

The Tree River Circus, which seeks to celebrate Pittsburgh’s unique history, culture and environmental struggle, will be filled with poetry, live music, short plays, information booths, and an art gallery. The festival is partnered with the Sundae Market, which also means Circus-goers have the opportunity to support local vendors and artists through their urban flea and artist market that will be sharing space with our event.

“Through the Tree River Circus, we hope to give the city a voice, allowing her to speak through artists’ creativity,” said Athena KitchenFlint, the founder of the festival and a Carlow University alumna from the class of 2009 who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at St. Mary of the Woods College. “Admission is free for all, however, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your wallet.  There will be plenty of fun and unique items to buy and plenty of ways to support Pittsburgh’s environment with your contributions.”

The Tree River Circus is not just about having fun, as the festival has chosen to support Pittsburgh Park Conservancy’s Emergency Tree fund with any donations received.

“One of Pittsburgh’s greatest features is its parks and greenery,” said KitchenFlint.  “Unfortunately, many of Pittsburgh’s trees are currently in danger. We believe that the health of this city’s trees is an important issue, and we want to use the Circus to do whatever we can to help.”

Select vendors and artists have also agreed to donate ten percent of their profit to this worthy cause.  To find out more about The Emergency Tree Fund, please visit the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy’s Website: http://www.pittsburghparks.org/trees

There is still an opportunity to participate in the festival. If you are interested in vending, submitting artwork and performances or setting up an informational booth about your environmental organization, please contact Athena KitchenFlint at aakitchenflint@gmail.com

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