We are agents and advocates for public art.

Njaimeh Njie, Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2018–2019

Projects & Programs

CURRENT PROGRAM

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.

CURRENT PROGRAM

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.

FEATURED PROJECT

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

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

BIPOC Artists Bridging Social Distance

Office of Public Art (OPA) is seeking proposals from visual and performing artists or artist teams who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for projects that seek to bridge social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed projects should promote social connection while also following guidelines for public health and safety.

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.

News

OPA News

October 20, 2020 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art Seeks Proposals From Artists Who Identify As Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Pittsburgh, PA — The Office of Public Art (OPA) is seeking proposals from visual and performing artists or artist teams who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for…
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News from the Field

November 10, 2020 in News, News from the Field

Allegheny County Parks Foundation Artist Call for Hartwood Acres

Call for artist design submissions for an outdoor sculpture to be installed in a new sculpture garden at Hartwood Acres.
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