We are agents and advocates for public art.

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

Projects & Programs



This public programming series by artist Lena Chen and the Jaded Collective celebrates the art and culture of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.


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


Frankie Mae Pace Park Tour

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

This hour and a half guided walk through Frankie Mae Pace Park takes participants on an in-depth tour focused on the history, art, and design of this highway cap park.


In the Field with John Peña

Thursday, July 13 2023 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Participants will meet at Technique Architectural Products, which served as John Peña’s collaborator for fabrication of the stencils used to create the final artwork on Fern Hollow Bridge.

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 18, 2023 in News, Press Releases

Office for Public Art Announces Improvements to the Pittsburgh Creative Corps

Changes to the Pittsburgh Creative Corps will improve accessibility of the application process and increase the program's reach.
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January 11, 2023 in News, Press Releases

Next Steps in Collaboration Between Pittsburgh’s Public Art Agencies

Pittsburgh, PA — The Office for Public Art (OPA) and the City of Pittsburgh’s Public History, Art and Design (PHAD) division (formerly Public Art and Civic Design), have released draft…
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News from the Field

April 14, 2023 in News, News from the Field

New artworks in City of Pittsburgh parks

Pittsburgh Parks get eight new artworks courtesy of RAD program by Bill O'Driscoll.
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