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.
2017 will be Art All Night’s 20th 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. Check out this video from our thirteenth year for more information!
* Art All Night is a family friendly, weapons free, community event. Public safety issues will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the security team with support from law enforcement.
When is it held?
The show is typically held during the last full (Sat/Sun) weekend in April. The official dates will be posted on our Home page when everything has been finalized.
Where is it held?
Typically somewhere in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The address will be on our Home page once a location is selected, and there will be maps on our Directions page to help you find your way to us as well.
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. Attendance and participation are both entirely free. (FREE!)
Check out our Visitors page to compare what all you will experience with how much you pay (NOTHING!) to get in. Talk about value!
Who puts on Art All Night?
Art All Night is planned and coordinated by an all-volunteer organizing committee that starts meeting at the end of January. 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 sponsors and 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. The sign up page will open up in the beginning of April of the current event year.
What about kids? How “child friendly” is the show?
The show is open to everyone. Kids love “to art”, so it would be silly to not have stuff for them to do. We have tons of 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 is Art All Night All Year?
Ever seen something at Art All Night and forgot to write down the artist? Ever wondered what the artist was thinking when they made the art? Starting in 2008 all registered artists with an email address were invited to upload a picture of their art work along with contact information (email/website), pricing, and comments. We have been a little remiss these past couple of years requesting pictures and info, but with some diligence and patience, we will start this up again in 2016.
Hundreds of artists have participated in Art All Night All Year. You can see their artwork here