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


Temporary Research and Events Associate for Environment, Health, and Public Art

Job posting closes Monday, November 28, 2022

The Office for Public Art is hiring a temporary Research and Events Associate for Environment, Health, and Public Art.


Artists Working in Community

January 26, February 9, February 23, 2023

This three-part bi-weekly series led by Springboard for the Arts will strengthen artists skills in community-based work in the public realm. Each session will be held online via Zoom from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST. This is a progressive series; no individual sessions may be purchased.

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

November 16, 2022 in News, Press Releases

Office for Public Art expands ability to serve the Pittsburgh region

OPA expands ability to serve the Pittsburgh region with two new staff positions and advisory committee restructuring.
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November 4, 2022 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Office for Public Art and Springboard for the Arts present Artists Working in Community

Pittsburgh, PA — The Office for Public Art (OPA) is pleased to announce the return of its Winter Intensive training series for artists and arts administrators. Artists Working in Community…
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News from the Field

July 28, 2022 in News, News from the Field

Black-led Community Spotlight: Dominique Chestand, Office for Public Art

Dani Janae spoke with Dominique Chestand about her consulting work with the Office for Public Art.
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