Programs and Initiatives

Market Square Public Art Program

Market Square Public Art Program is the City of Pittsburgh’s temporary art initiative to enliven one of Downtown’s most important public places during the winter months. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has supported regular programming in Market Square that has enabled a series of successful events such as a farmer’s market, concerts, holiday festivities and other community events that have served to activate Market Square on a seasonal basis. The City of Pittsburgh would like to see this energy continue and be augmented with temporary works of public art that will be experienced by visitors to Market Square during the winter months between February and May.



TALKPGH was initiative of the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning in 2012, designed to engage neighbors in shaping the future of the city and informing the City’s comprehensive plan in its' art and design sections. 

During a three week period, a transparent truck served as a mobile talk show set, visiting each of the City's 90 neighborhoods, interviewing 267 residents about their opinions, histories and aspirations for their neighborhoods. 

Viewing is easy, see a Youtube playlist of all the video interviews.  From there you can click, watch, share and comment as you wish.


TALKPGH was made possible by:

Producer: Jon Rubin

Assistant Producer: Nina Sarnelle

Talk Show Hosts: Jacquea Mae, Tracy Turner, Matt Sandler

Truck Design: Margaret Cox

Funded by:

  • Colcom Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • The Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • City of Pittsburgh

Copyright © 2015 City of Pittsburgh


Uptown Public Art Program

As Pittsburgh rebuilds its economy and population, the nature of its communities is changing. Newcomers are settling in certain neighborhoods, while the city as a whole is struggling with aging populations and a lack of resources and investment. Race, age and income levels divide well-off and under-resourced communities, thus resulting in a need for community empowerment and investment. While public art can’t solve all community challenges, it can be utilized as a means of encouraging residents of marginalized and under-resourced communities to participate in community revitalization. Quality of art and design can contribute to quality of life.

Working with the neighborhood planner for Uptown, the Public Art and Civic Design Division plans to implement the Uptown Public Art Program which aligns not only with the soon to be release Art Plan but also with the goals and principles of the recently adopted Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District community plan. 

The EcoInnovation District Plan establishes a community vision for equitable and sustainable development in one of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods. There will be a series of three permanent art installations within the EcoInnovation District. Stay tuned for updates on this new Public Art and Civic Design program.

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