We are agents and advocates for public art.

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

Projects & Programs


What is Black? Mixcast

Part podcast, part zine, and part multimedia mixtape, the What is Black? Mixcast by Jason McKoy breaks down what it means to be a Black creative and defies the myth of a Black monolith through fresh conversations with featured guests. The guest questionnaire is open now for those interested in being a guest on the podcast.


Songs From the Stone Hoop

This CD of original ceremonial music composed by artist, musician, and spiritual leader Miguel Sagué Jr. of the Taíno tribe serves as the foundation for sacred Indigenous ceremonies worldwide.


Nine Mile Run Viewfinder

A portal for seeing, hearing, and smelling the waterway beneath our feet, this artwork by Ginger Brooks Takahashi brings attention to the connections between Nine Mile Run, the stormwater and sewer systems, the Monongahela River, and the water we drink.

We believe art builds community and increases social connection.

Events & Opportunities


Indian Dance Workshop

Classically trained Indian dancer and founder of Sanskruti School of Indian Dance and Music, Shambhavi Desai will lead this free outdoor class, teaching a blend of Indian dance appropriate for all age levels.


Artists in Conversation

Watch this recorded panel discussion between the three artists of the Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative about working with communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and engaging art to raise awareness about environmental issues.


Public Art Training Camp Working Relationships: Artists & Organizations

Artist Edith Abeyta will moderate a conversation between filmmaker Tony Buba and Judy Barricella, who worked together on two projects for the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

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

September 15, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Artist Jason McKoy presents What is Black? Mixcast

What is Black? Mixcast is part podcast, part zine, and part multimedia mixtape that breaks down what it means to be a Black creative.
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September 13, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art Announces Public Art Training Camp for Fall 2021

Office of Public Art is pleased to present Public Art Training Camp, a six-week training series for artists and arts administrators at any stage of their career, and for those…
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News from the Field

September 3, 2021 in News, News from the Field

Would you talk about the Allegheny River with researchers from the future?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer, Tyler Dague spent time with artist Lindsey Peck Scherloum during her artist residency at the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio. Article from July 21, 2021.
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