We are agents and advocates for public art.

Njaimeh Njie, Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2018–2019

Projects & Programs


Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative

Three artists launch artworks that seek to catalyze change in the Pittsburgh region on the topics of water pollution, air pollution, and lead toxicity in the soil.


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.


Boots on the Sound: COVID-19

Artist-in-residence Ricardo Robinson partners with Rethink Vets to engage members of the post-9/11 veteran community in creative collaboration.

We believe art builds community and increases social connection.

Events & Opportunities


Public Art Training Camp

Eight weekly virtual sessions cover the nuts and bolts of public art. Register here to learn about budgets, contracts, and more. Sessions begin September 10.


BIPOC Artists Bridging Social Distance

Office of Public Art (OPA) is seeking proposals from visual and performing artists or artist teams who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for projects that seek to bridge social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed projects should promote social connection while also following guidelines for public health and safety.


Public Art Training Camp: The Power of Public Art with Che Anderson

Che Anderson will speak to the power of bringing public art to Worcester, MA and how the program shifts its focus every year to address economic, cultural, and societal shifts.

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

October 20, 2020 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art Seeks Proposals From Artists Who Identify As Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Pittsburgh, PA — The Office of Public Art (OPA) is seeking proposals from visual and performing artists or artist teams who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for…
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News from the Field

October 9, 2020 in News, News from the Field

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announces Grant Commitment for “Monuments Project”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announces $250 million grant commitment for the Monuments Project, a new initiative "which will transform the way our country's histories are told in public spaces".
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