Pittsburgh Creative Corps

Designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh Creative Corps (PCC) initiative engages artists and creative workers to activate the public realm while providing economic opportunity. An initiative of Riverlife and OPA, the PCC 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.

A critical part of the PCC initiative, the PCC Roster is a list of pre-qualified creatives gathered through an open call for artists. The Roster will engage a broad pool of artists in southwestern Pennsylvania for various public art opportunities in 2021 - 2022. The final Roster will be selected by a panel of artists, art and design professionals, and community stakeholders.

How will the Roster be used?

The Roster is designed to make the artist selection and vetting process for individual projects more equitable and time efficient, allowing the PCC initiative to more quickly commission artists. Artists on the Roster may receive invitations for temporary and permanent public art projects managed and/or commissioned by the PCC initiative. The roster will also be made available to other public agencies, private businesses, and organizations seeking to commission artists for projects in the public realm.

Applying to Join the Roster

For more information or to apply to join the Roster, visit the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster Artist Opportunity:

Funding and resources for Pittsburgh Creative Corps are provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Riverlife, and Office of Public Art.

Image credits

Gallery, top:
(1) Camerin “Camo” Nesbit works on the Black Lives Matter mural project on the Allegheny River, photo courtesy artist; (2) TBD Pop-Up Gallery with students from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, photo courtesy Maranie Staab for Riverlife; (3) Handwashing station, artwork by Ally Lush, photo courtesy Anna Leisher for Riverlife.