We are agents and advocates for public art.

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

Projects & Programs


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.


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.


Downtown Walk & Write with Sherrie Flick and Charles Rosenblum

Join author Sherrie Flick and writer Charles Rosenblum for this guided hour-and-a-half writing and walking tour that uses the urban environment for creative inspiration. The theme for this walk will be the built environment. No experience necessary—just pen, paper, curiosity, and walking shoes.


Changing Stories, Healing Climate

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Host Kirsi Jansa a documentary filmmaker and Climate Pittsburgh collective artist, and guest Cheryl Slean a California-based writer/director take over the OPA Instagram account and discuss their topic of Changing Stories, Healing Climate.

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

June 22, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art and Riverlife Bring Summer Programs to the Allegheny Overlook

Pittsburgh Creative Corps schedule of summer programming to be held at the Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park.
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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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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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