Pittsburgh Creative Corps

Designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps initiative engages artists and creative workers to activate the public realm while providing economic opportunity. An initiative of Riverlife and OPA, the program is a coordinated effort to commission artists and other creative workers to fabricate and install public art, and create civic engagement programs throughout the Downtown neighborhood and river-adjacent spaces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Creative Corps is a partnership program between the Office of Public Art and Riverlife, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

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After a period of intense social distancing and disconnection from public and civic life, Pittsburgh is establishing a roadmap to public wellness and civic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated our city’s existing inequities, now laid bare by the crisis. The Pittsburgh Creative Corps is designed to respond to urgent and timely needs, while also preparing to become a permanent fixture in civic life as the city reopens and adjusts to a new reality.

The infrastructure of the initiative addresses public health, community development, and engaging the creative practices of artists in order to bolster economic recovery, strengthen our communities’ resilience, and rebuild the city’s relationship to its public and civic spaces.

The Corps is supported by an Advisory Group of arts and culture leaders from the region who participate in project development and inform decision making.

Contact Us

For questions and inquiries about the Pittsburgh Creative Corps, please contact Derek Reese at dreese@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

Projects & Artists

Projects & Partnerships

Our projects and partnerships will continue to grow over the coming year as Pittsburgh moves through COVID-19. Find out more and participate in a workshop, class, or event.

Artist Roster

Learn more about the artists, the annual open call for applicants, or to commission a project by one of the artists on the Pittsburgh Creative Corps roster.

Pittsburgh Creative Corps Projects

The first Pittsburgh Creative Corps project, launched in September 2020, commissioned artists to design a series of handwashing stations that featured illustrations addressing different CDC guidelines related to the pandemic and public health. These stations were placed in various locations throughout Downtown Pittsburgh and the riverfront trail areas.

Throughout 2021 and beyond, the initiative will commission artists for temporary public art programs, community events, and artist residencies. These projects are designed to promote community reconnection and reengagement with our public spaces, while supporting artists and creative workers economically.

Support for Reopening

As Pittsburgh begins to reopen and hold more in-person activities, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps is engaging artists for temporary public art projects and programming in Downtown and along the riverfronts. This summer, the Corps will take residence in the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnerships’ Allegheny Overlook pop-up park, located on Fort Duquesne Boulevard from Stanwix Street to 7th Street.

Funding for the Pittsburgh Creative Corps is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Riverlife, Office of Public Art, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.


To support community reconnection, the PCC will host a series of free classes and workshops with local dance studios, yoga studios, writers, and artists. Sessions will be held on Saturdays throughout the summer. Social distancing and masking will be in place, and class sizes limited. Registration is required.


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