Launched in late summer 2020 as a response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps supports and commissions temporary public projects and artist-led activities to encourage community reconnection, healing, and economic recovery through activation of Pittsburgh’s public and civic spaces. Our projects and partnerships will continue to grow over the coming year as Pittsburgh moves through COVID-19.
Pittsburgh Creative Corps: Projects & Partnerships
Read more about the Pittsburgh Creative Corps’ past, current, and upcoming projects and partnerships below.
Projects & Partnerships
Public Health Information Stations
In summer 2020, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps commissioned Roster artists Ally Lush, Maggie Negrete, and Marcel Walker to develop informational illustrations to accompany temporary handwashing kiosks that were deployed Downtown and on the riverfronts. Six kiosks were created, two of each design. The artwork illustrates public health guidance related to mask wearing, handwashing, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do in case of symptoms. The handwashing kiosks have been deployed again for the 2021 season.
Residency at the Allegheny Overlook
Through October 7, 2021, the westbound lane of Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Seventh and Stanwix Streets will be transformed into the Allegheny Overlook, a pop-up park created by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP). Allegheny Overlook will feature local food vendors, weekly performances, and much more.
The centerpiece for the park is a new street mural created by PCC Roster artist Janel Young, and commissioned by the PDP and Three Rivers Arts Festival (TRAF).
Residency at the Allegheny Overlook
Beginning in June 2021, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps will take residence in the Allegheny Overlook pop-up park, located on Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Seventh Street and Stanwix Street. The Corps will use a shipping container studio as a home base for its activities, ranging from artist residencies to community movement and dance classes to writing workshops and office hours with staff from the Office of Public Art.
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio is a retrofitted shipping container, located at the Allegheny Overlook near Seventh Street. The exterior of the container will feature a mural created by Roster artist Matthew Carroll, in collaboration with Fran Flaherty and Max Gonzales.
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio will serve as a home base for the artists in residence and Corps team members as they activate the Allegheny Overlook and the riverfronts throughout summer 2021. Stop by to learn more about upcoming programming, pick-up a copy of the Office of Public Art’s Art in Public Places guidebook to Downtown, the North Shore, and the North Side, or to see artists at work.
During summer 2021, Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster artists Maritza Mosquera, Curtis Reaves, and Lindsey Scherloum will be featured as artists in residence at the Allegheny River. Each artist will spend three weeks in residence at the river, and will be based out of the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio. Artists will gather narratives from Downtown’s community members, with a special focus on the riverfronts. These collected narratives will inform future programs and projects for the Corps and its partners, including the development of self-guided walking tours, and other public programming.
Pittsburgh Creative Corps at the AO
To support community reconnection, the Corps will host a series of free classes and workshops with local dance studios, yoga studios, writers, and artists. Sessions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. Social distancing and masking will be in place, and class sizes limited. Registration is required.
Office Hours with the Office of Public Art
Interested in learning more about opportunities to work in public art? Have questions about how to become a Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster Artist? Schedule a thirty minute in-person appointment with staff from the Office of Public Art at the Allegheny Overlook. Weather permitting, meetings will be held outside the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Studio. In case of inclement weather, sessions will be held in the studio, but with doors open and CDC guidelines followed for social distancing, masking, and air flow.
Not available to meet in person?
You can also set up a virtual meeting with OPA project manager Derek Reese.
AR-t in the Public Realm
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps team is commissioning five Pittsburgh-area visual artists to create Snapchat geolocated filters for sites along the riverfronts in and around Downtown Pittsburgh. The filters encourage users to engage with the city through a different lens and provide a different perspective on familiar sites. Explore Downtown and its riverfronts to find these moments of augmented reality!
Temporary Public Art
Throughout 2021, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps will commission artists to develop temporary public art projects that activate Downtown and its riverfronts, while encouraging community engagement and reconnection. Stay tuned for more information as projects are unveiled!