audience members in their seats at the benedum center

By The Numbers: A 2018 Year in Review

Fri, Dec 28, 2018

Written by: Seth Culp-Ressler

2018 was a big year for the Cultural Trust. Don’t just take our word for it — we’ve got the numbers to back that statement up. So, before we bid this year farewell and usher in the next, we thought it appropriate reflect on some of the numerical highlights of the past 12 months. Thanks for being part of the count. We can’t wait to see you again in 2019.


a wide shot of a full house at the benedum center


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From Seats to Stage


500,000+ tickets sold to Trust shows and events across nearly 150,000 orders
1,500,000+ people visited more than 13,000,000 times
443 Trust-affiliated shows saw the stage in 2018
23 tractor trailers were used to load in Aladdin, the year’s largest show
950+ shows of any kind utilized Trust venues
438 special events such as meet-and-greets, dinners and VIP events also happened in Trust venues


a wide shot of concertgoers at the three rivers arts festival


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Festival Fun


Nearly 600,000 people enjoyed Trust Festivals in 2018, including…
Almost 10,000 revelers at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh in 0°F weather (Dec. 31, 2017)
Nearly 1,000 thinkers at the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival (Feb. 24 - Mar. 4, 2018)
25,000+ attendees at the EQT Children’s Theater Festival (May 17-20, 2018)
Almost 500,000 visitors at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (June 1-10, 2018)
30,000+ patrons at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (Sept. 21 - Nov. 11, 2018)
Nearly 30,000 people downtown for Gallery Crawls in the Cultural District (4 seasonal events in 2018)


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Learning and Looking


Almost 20,000 individuals participated in Trust Arts Education programs
Nearly 13,000 people visited the Trust Arts Education Center
15 total visual arts exhibitions across 4 galleries
93 visual artists from more than 25 countries showed their work
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