( For more information about the 2011 Circus and a schedule of events, click here! )
How did we get to where we are now?
Well, it all started with a Master's Thesis. Athena KitchenFlint, a student of Earth Literacy at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, knew that she wanted her project to be about community, voice and the environment. After long consideration, she decided that the best way to create a community voice about environmental issues would be to invite local artists, writers, musicians and activists to share what they thought Pittsburgh and her rivers would say.
The Tree River Circus has spun out of this simple idea and become a great opportunity for learning and fun for all. Local community organizations will be sharing their dreams; artists will be showcasing beautiful pieces picturing Pittsburgh in all her glory; Poets will be reading snarky love poems about this city who catches you unawares; There will be musicians and vendors and all types of festivity.
We're all very excited about the very first Tree River Circus. While we know that the reality of the festival will be smaller then the dreams we have been treasuring, this event promises to be something that people can look forward to in the summer for years to come.