We are agents and advocates for public art.

Njaimeh Njie, The Village, part of Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2016–2019.

Projects & Programs


Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative

Three artists launch artworks that seek to catalyze change in the Pittsburgh region on the topics of water pollution, air pollution, and lead toxicity in the soil.


Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public Realm

Artist projects address the evolving Covid-19 crisis by building pathways to rest, companionship and connection within communities most affected by the pandemic.


Sibyls Shrine

Created by artist Alisha B. Wormsley, Sibyls Shrine​ is a new artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes (Womxn) who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh.

We believe art builds community and increases social connection.

Events & Opportunities


Artists in Process: Environment, Health, and Public Art

On April 13, 2021, OPA hosted an online panel discussion with Brooks Takahashi, Henderson, and Tremonte about their work on EHPA initiative. During this discussion, the artists reflected on their approach to engaging art as a vehicle for raising awareness about environmental issues. Watch this recording to learn more about their methods for addressing these themes and the many ways in which they have been working with communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OPA Live! A Tale of Two GASPs

Rachel Fillipini, Executive Director of The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) in Pittsburgh and Michael Hansen, Executive Director of the Greater-Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (GASP) in Birmingham, Alabama take over the OPA Instagram account to host a live discussion about the work of their two organizations and how it is shaped by their cities’ histories.


The Intersection of Art and Environmentalism

Alyssa Kail and Elizabeth Chin Start are former colleagues at a Creative Reuse non-profit in Portland, Oregon. Their discussion will focus on the role of material reuse and waste reduction in relation to environmental sustainability, as well as how discarded materials and environmental concepts inspire Elizabeth’s consultation work and creative practice.

We work at the convergence of public art and civic design.

Featured Publications

Add Value Add Art

This guide outlines various project types and best practices for artist selection, budgeting, contracts, and more, and is a valuable resource for both public and private entities.

Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Report

In 2015,OPA and Neighborhood Allies launched a new partnership that resulted in the creation of the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking initiative.

Artist Residency Resource Guide

For organizations that would like to develop an artist in the public realm residency, as well as for artists who are interested in initiating their own collaborative projects in the public realm.

Pittsburgh Artists Working in Community

This case study explores how we have used the Aesthetic Perspectives framework to develop and evaluate our Artist Residencies and Civic Engagement Programs.


OPA News

May 27, 2021 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Office of Public Art Announces Online Program Schedule for Summer 2021

Digital livestream conversations to continue, June through August. This season the roster of hosts and guests will focus on artists and individuals who are directly addressing environmental issues.
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March 17, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Newest Cohort of ABSD Artists is Announced

OPA is pleased to announce that Naomi Chambers, Lena Chen, and Jessica Gaynelle Moss have been selected for the second cohort of the Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public…
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News from the Field

June 1, 2021 in News, News from the Field

Office of Public Art to Address Environmental Issues with OPA Live! Series

Pittsburgh City Paper recently published an article on the OPA Live! series, which resumes on Instagram Live on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
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