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 are agents and advocates for public art.
Njaimeh Njie, The Village, part of Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2016–2019.
Projects & Programs
Part podcast, part zine, and part multimedia mixtape, the What is Black? Mixcast 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.
We believe art builds community and increases social connection.
Events & Opportunities
Public Art Training Camp 2021
Public Art Training Camp is a six-week training series for artists and arts administrators at any stage of their career. Weekly sessions will be held virtually via Zoom, October 7 through November 11, 2021.
Guest speaker Njaimeh Njie will outline the definition of creative placemaking within Pittsburgh’s public realm using her experience working on Homecoming: Hill District, USA.
We work at the convergence of public art and civic design.
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.