EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Sets Visual Arts Programming

EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Sets Visual Arts Programming

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the visual arts programming that is part of the EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival in Downtown's Cultural District, May 14-18, 2014. From a massive, inflatable interactive sculpture to animated short films and a gallery exhibition merged with the experience of shopping, there is something for everyone-the young and the young at heart. All visual art installations and activities are free unless noted otherwise.

"The EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival will feature more opportunities to see visual arts than ever before," says Pamela Lieberman, Executive Director, Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and Festival. "From public art to gallery installations to the mesmerizing Miracoco, there is something for everyone-regardless of the visitor's age!"

For additional Festival information and for a complete schedule of events and performances, please visit

Located at LilyPad Park, Miracoco is a colossal, inflatable structure that uses natural light to create a world immersed in vibrant colors. Produced by Architects of Air (United Kingdom), visitors experience a sense of wonder and tranquility while exploring this luminarium's mesmerizing domes and tunnels. Tickets are $5 and include 20 minutes to explore Miracoco; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Occasional Market at 707 Penn Gallery blends the typical art gallery with the interactive experience of shopping. Local artist Tom Sarver will be at the gallery May 17 and 18, 1-4 p.m., to interact with visitors and the art on display-drawings, collages, sculptural assemblages, and collections of objects-making alterations to the work, playing records, and hocking his wares.

Big-Eyed Cuties at Shaw Galleries presents an exhibition featuring original paintings of children from the 1960s and 1970s. Known as "Big-Eye" or "Street-Urchin" paintings, these works were popularized in prints sold in department stores throughout the US and Europe. This show allows visitors a rare opportunity to see original works by artists Nelly Dax, Eden, Georgette Nivert, Igor Pantuhoff, and Dallas Simpson, among others.

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books at Toonseum features more than 60 illustrated drawings-including picture book art from the classics Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home For a Bunny, The Color Kittens, and more-from Random House's archives. The exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated and is presented by The Grable Foundation. Admission is free with a ticketed performance stub. Half-hour, drop-in Cartoon Workshops are offered free of charge for all ages on May 16 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on May 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kid Flix Mix, the New York International Children's Film Festival, is presented at the Harris Theater and is a kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. Among the films included is the stunning watercolor-come-to-life, Elia (France) by Matthieu Gaillard, in which a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad-and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride! Also included is the story of a boy who visits the moon as it exists in his dreams-an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep? (United Kingdom) by Anna Ginsburg is based on an Italo Calvino short story. Films from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States are among those being shown.

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