Inclusivity and expansiveness are reflected in the lineup announced Monday for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The 59th summer fest, which runs June 1-10, will be held in Point State Park, Gateway Center and the Cultural District, Downtown.

The festival remains one of very few in the country that is free, providing access to all communities and income levels. Its Artist Market, Giant Eagle Creativity Zone and Acoustic Stage performances include outreach designed to provide something for a variety of ages, groups and tastes.

Festival Support Grants, another means of outreach, have been awarded for the first time to artists who wished to participate in the festival. The resultant works, in various performative and other media, will be shown throughout the festival. One is “Single Mom Defined,” photographs and videos by Heather Hopson designed to empower single mothers. Other participants include Brandon-Ahmauri McClendon, LoRen and Water Seed.

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Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Not long ago, Heather Hopson lived in the Cayman Islands and hosted a television show. Today, she’s back home in Pittsburgh writing a different type of story as the founder of Motor Mouth Multimedia and Single Mom Defined. Utilizing more than a decade of television news reporting experience, Heather assembles teams to tell diverse stories, provide unique perspectives, and increase the visibility of important issues for local and national clients. In 2018, Heather, inspired by her daughter, produced Single Mom Defined, a photo essay and video series that provides a more accurate definition of single Black motherhood than the one society presents.

Heather obtained a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University, where she served as president of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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