What is Art All Night?
Art All Night is an entirely free (FREE!!) grassroots community art show put on by a very large group of volunteers every year during the last weekend in April in Lawrenceville. Anyone (ANYONE!!) can put one (and only one) piece of art in the show (for free) and then invite all their friends to come see said piece of art for free (FREE!!). A joyful celebration of the arts and community, the show grows in popularity each year, bringing thousands of people from all over the region into Lawrenceville for one unforgettable weekend.
Art All Night promotes artistic expression in all walks of life. The event particularly encourages children and adults to be actively involved by contributing artwork and engaging in interactive projects. The show includes and attracts seniors, long-term residents, novice artists, educators, students, seasoned professionals and parents with children of all ages.
Our motto is “No Fee, No Jury, No Censorship”. And we’d probably add “No Commercialism” too if it didn’t make the motto too long and cumbersome. You will see this on all media related to Art All Night and we mean it!
Art All Night is a catalyst for community development, shining a spotlight on our unique neighborhood. Lawrenceville has become a magnet for artisans, lovers of beautiful architecture, and people drawn to the spice and flavor of urban living.
2016 will be Art All Night’s 19th year, so apparently we are doing it right! Check out our Visitors Page for more info about what you can expect to see at Art All Night.
How “child friendly” is the show?
The show is open to everyone. We have children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday adjacent to a youth-friendly section of art.
But please, do keep in mind that this is an uncensored show.
What happens the day of the event?
The Saturday of the event is most aptly described as a “real rush.” Hundreds of volunteers assist hundreds of artists in checking in their artwork. Volunteer hangers curate the work, and art appreciators flood the warehouse from 4 pm on. There are also lots of arts and crafts activities for the kids from 4pm – 8pm, and lots of arts activities for the adults later that evening!
In less than 4 hours more than 1200 pieces of art are dropped-off and hung.
Where is it held?
Typically somewhere in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (details for this year’s show should be in our Visitor page). In an effort to showcase the diversity of Lawrenceville the location changes each year. As the event has grown, we seek spaces of 20,000 sq. feet or more. In January the building committee identifies potential sites and works with the property owners to determine the actual location.
If you have a building and would be interested in hosting the show, please let us know via our contact page.
What does it cost?
Nothing. Not even a penny. Participation and attendance are both free. (FREE!)
When is it held?
The show is typically held during the last weekend in April.
Who puts on Art All Night?
Art All Night is planned and coordinated by an all-volunteer organizing committee. Dozens of additional volunteers help in the final stages to prepare the venue, construct exhibit panels, assist with the registration and hanging of artwork, provide refreshments, direct traffic, clean-up, and much, much more. Live entertainment throughout the event is also donated by some of Pittsburgh’s finest performers.
The work of community volunteers is generously supported each year by a range of generous donors. Art All Night is also supported by the strictly voluntary contributions of attendees, which support continuation of the event each year.
For further information, email us via our contact page.
For information about volunteering at Art All Night, click here.