Join us for two days of art, tech, workshops, talks, performances, awards, parties and opportunities to experience the newest trends in creativity and innovation. CREATE is a mashup of connectivity, interactivity and inspiration, showcasing the year’s most innovative work in the Creative Industries.


Championed by Dollar Bank and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation


About the CREATE! Festival

Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in partnership with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival,  CREATE! carries on a ten year tradition of celebrating the Creative Industries in Pittsburgh. Discover the people and projects that are leading the way in creativity and innovation!

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Annual Event Highlights

Each year, CREATE! features over 100 artists, performers, speakers and exhibitors, and attracted over 1000 visitors to the one-day festival. Click on the link below to check out some of the fun from recent events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

CREATE! Highlights › 

2018 Creativity Summit

Join us in 2018 for the first ever International Creativity Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. Featuring speakers from Americans for the Arts, the European Union and Pittsburgh's innovation sector, the summit brings together a conversation on the power of Creativity to change the world.

Join the Summit › 


The CREATE! Festival is a creative industries festival held every spring in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The festival, founded by Kim Chestney and the Pittsburgh Technology Council, began as the Design, Art + Technology Awards (DATA), has been held annually each spring since 2009. The festival features all genres of art and technology, focusing on the most innovative work of the year. Since 2015, CREATE has partnered with the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Over the years CREATE! evolved from a grass-roots art and technology exhibition into a national, multi-day festival featuring talks, workshops, interactive performances, parties and an the DATA Awards ceremony. The centerpiece of the festival is the Innovation Salon, an interactive art and technology exhibition.

CREATE! has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Opera, CEOs for Cities and the Carnegie Museum of Art -- and in 2015, started a national creative industries collaboration with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, the Santa Fe International,  ZERO1 in Silicon Valley, and the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco.[18][19]