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Last-Minute Gifts for Pittsburgh Arts Lovers

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Written by: Seth Culp-Ressler

Giving a good gift is an art — and giving art is a good gift. We’ve collected some top-notch gift ideas for the Pittsburgh arts lover in your life (which may even be yourself!). From hand-crafted artwork to the promise of a show-filled future, these presents are ready for center stage.

Cultural District Gift Cards

With in-person performances on pause for the moment, it can be harder than ever to give an arts-lover tickets to an upcoming show. But worry not, there is still a way to give the gift a live performance this season: Cultural District gift cards. Earlier this month, we announced the return of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series in fall 2021, and other signature series are expected to return throughout 2021 as well. When you give a gift card, what you’re really offering is hope for a future where we can once more gather together. What embodies the holiday season more than that?

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Vendor Wares

We may be half a year away from the last Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and just as far from the next one, but now is the perfect time to revisit the 2020 Artist Market. With hundreds of artists, makers, and craftspeople, the Artist Market is your holiday gift one-stop-shop. Head over to artist websites and social media profiles to browse their offerings. Vendors like these have been hit hard this year, so now is a great time to support their small businesses while giving truly unique gifts.

If the Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album

The Tony® and Grammy Award-winning musical HADESTOWN may not have come to Pittsburgh as planned this year, but never fear. The show will be wowing audiences from the Benedum Center stage in 2021. You can get into the spirit of the show this winter season, however, with the newly-released holiday album. Featuring classic tunes and brand new songs composed by HADESTOWN’s own Anaïs Mitchell, Yvette Gonzales-Nacer, and Liam Robinson, say hello to your new favorite December (and, let’s be honest, November and January) record.

love, Pittsburgh

One of our favorite Cultural District neighbors is love, Pittsburgh. Their curated selection of locally made crafts, goods, and gifts showcase the best of what Pittsburgh artists and creators can make. Stop by their store on Liberty Avenue (or their location in Mt. Washington) for capacity-limited shopping, order ahead for curbside pickup, or browse online from the comfort of your own home. Show your Pittsburgh pride, shop local, and support amazing artists and business owners. What more could you want?

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