OPA Live! Call for Hosts

OPA seeks applications from Pittsburgh-based cultural producers interested in hosting a session of OPA Live! in April and May 2022.

Infographic for OPA Live! on Instagram. There are two headshots in the center of the graphic. One of Kirsi Jansa that overlaps the top left corner of one of Cheryl Clean. The background of the graphic is bright red and has white text that reads Kirsi Jansa & Cherly Slean "Changing Stories, Healing Climate". There is a dark blue border along the left side of the graphic that has red lettering that reads "OPA Live!".
Infographic for After Dinner Conversations with host Kilolo Luckett and guest Jessica Lynne.

OPA Live! provides viewers an opportunity to listen to two colleagues discussing cultural moments in real time.

New for 2022

For 2022, the Office of Public Art is seeking applications from Pittsburgh-based cultural producers (hosts) to host an OPA Live! session.

Hosts will be asked to facilitate a conversation with a colleague of their choosing from another locale (guest). Each host will be asked to propose a topic and craft a series of five to ten questions. Topics can range across the humanities, but should be grounded in contemporary visual culture. Discussions might include contemporary art practices, a studio tour of current work by the guest, recent film or television productions, or discussion of emerging fashion trends. OPA Live! provides viewers an opportunity to listen to two colleagues discussing cultural moments in real time, and how visual culture is evolving and being influenced by the current circumstances and beyond. The conversations will be archived and available for later viewing via OPA’s Instagram.

To date, OPA has organized 13 OPA Live! sessions. The sessions average 10 – 20 viewers during the live event, but boast a strong afterlife resulting in nearly 2,000 views on Instagram. The conversations are short, lasting thirty minutes, and should demonstrate a strong rapport between the hosts and guests.

Applicants should be savvy with technology and have a functioning smartphone or tablet; participation cannot occur via a desktop computer. Hosts and guests must have access to reliable internet. Please note that Instagram must be downloaded as an app on the host’s and guest’s devices. The host will utilize OPA’s Instagram account, but the guest is required to have their own Instagram handle to be able to participate. Please note that there can only be one host and one guest.

Who Can Apply?

Cultural producers, including artists, performers, curators, and writers, ages 18 and above, living and working in the Pittsburgh region. While hosts are required to be based in the Pittsburgh area, it is strongly encouraged that guests be located outside the region.

Applicants are encouraged to consider this as an opportunity to utilize OPA’s platform as a way to help promote your projects or to delve deeper into a topic.

Application Details

OPA will commission four hosts and guest pairs in April and May of 2022.

Deadline: Applications are due by Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Budget: The budget for each session is $250 that will cover the honorarium for the host and their guest.

Please note that the application does not have a “save draft” function and must be completed in one sitting. To help you prepare, we have provided a list of materials that you should have ready prior to starting your application.

  • A recent headshot of yourself
  • A recent headshot of your guest
  • A brief (100 word maximum) bio for yourself
  • A brief (100 word maximum) bio for your guest
  • The proposed topic(s) of your conversation (200 word maximum)
  • Five to ten questions that you will be asking during your session
  • Your contact information including social media handles and website (if applicable)
  • Your guest’s contact information, including social media handles and website (if applicable)

View Previous OPA Live! Sessions

Infographic for OPA Live! with Alyssa Kail and Elizabeth Chin Start. Two rectangular images are side by side in the center of the infographic. The left image is of Alyssa Kail hugging an oversized pickle character. The image to the right is of Elizabeth Chin Start standing next to a dress form wearing a dress of hers that is made out of aluminum can tabs.

Alyssa Kail and Elizabeth Chin Start

This session focused on the topic of the Intersection of Art and Environmentalism. It originally aired on June 22, 2021.

Lena Chen and Aino El Solh

This session focused on the topics of Caring, Healing, and Mothering. It originally aired on February 27, 2021.

Bekezela Mguni and Mi'Jan Celie

This session focused on the topic of Storytelling. It originally aired on September 22, 2020.