We are agents and advocates for public art.

Njaimeh Njie, The Village, part of Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2016–2019.

Projects & Programs



This public programming series by artist Lena Chen and the Jaded Collective celebrates the art and culture of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.


Songs From the Stone Hoop

This CD of original ceremonial music composed by artist, musician, and spiritual leader Miguel Sagué Jr. of the Taíno tribe serves as the foundation for sacred Indigenous ceremonies worldwide.


Nine Mile Run Viewfinder

A portal for seeing, hearing, and smelling the waterway beneath our feet, this artwork by Ginger Brooks Takahashi brings attention to the connections between Nine Mile Run, the stormwater and sewer systems, the Monongahela River, and the water we drink.

We believe art builds community and increases social connection.

Events & Opportunities


Walk & Write: Manchester with Sarah Shotland

Friday, July 12 | 7 – 8:30 PM

Join guest prose writer Sarah Shotland as we explore the neighborhood of Manchester on foot, pen in hand.


Turtle Cove Kayak Tour

Saturday, July 20 | 9:00 AM – Noon

Join artist Monica Cervone McElwain for a kayak trip to Turtle Cove for a hands-on art-making activity using natural and found materials.


Walk & Write: Bloomfield with Robert Yune

Friday, August 9 | 7 – 8:30 PM

Explore the streets of Bloomfield with guest writer Robert Yune. We’ll think and write about history, memory, and place as it manifests in front of us.

We work at the convergence of public art and civic design.

Featured Publications

Public Art + Community: Building resilience through collaboration

From 2020 – 2023 the Public Art and Communities (PAC) program supported four partnerships between artists and community-based organizations to create temporary works of public art.

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.

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.


Shiftworks News

January 8, 2024 in News, Press Releases

Office for Public Art is now Shiftworks Community + Public Arts

The newly established 501(c)(3) organization will continue its mission of catalyzing change through community-engaged artist projects in public space.
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October 4, 2023 in News, Press Releases

Office for Public Art’s Public Art Training Camp Series Returns October 26, 2023

Public Art Training Camp will be held on Thursdays from October 26 through December 7, 2023. This six-week series is designed to empower artists and cultural workers wanting to enter…
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News from the Field

May 22, 2024 in News, News from the Field

Opportunity Fund Provides $867,750 in grants to the arts and social & economic justice

Opportunity Fund announces grantmaking support in the first half of 2024.
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