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


Winter Intensive: Demystifying the Public Art Application Process

Office of Public Art presents Winter Intensive: Demystifying the Public Art Application Process. This three part series is an in-depth look  at the different steps in applying for public art commissions. Artists at any stage of their practice will gain a better understanding of the process and learn how to prepare stronger applications.


Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster

The Office of Public Art and Riverlife seek visual artists  living in southwestern Pennsylvania to be considered for the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster, a pre-qualified list of creatives selected by a panel of artists, art and design professionals, and community stakeholders for various public art opportunities for 2021 – 2022.

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

January 19, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art Presents New Winter Training Series for Artists

OPA presents a three-part artist training series focused on the public art application process.
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December 18, 2020 in News, Press Releases

Pittsburgh Creative Corps seeks SWPA artists to join roster for future projects

PITTSBURGH- The successful partnership that brought COVID-19-fighting art and amenities to Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfronts and public open spaces is looking for more artists to join the initiative. Riverlife and the…
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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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