PITTSBURGH, PA (July 14, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh plans to partner with BOOM Concepts to create a responsive social justice public art program on City-owned properties.
BOOM Concepts is a Pittsburgh-based creative hub for artists. Through the proposed program with Mayor William Peduto’s office and the Department of City Planning, BOOM will do a call for artists, help artists monetize their art works and perform a community engagement process on sites and programming.
The program is similar to a 2016 effort BOOM led in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Museum and Artists Image Resource called “Activist Print,” in which artists created works to raise awareness of contemporary issues and inspire change.
A resolution on the program was introduced to Pittsburgh City Council today. The City plans to put $5,000 into the agreement with BOOM and then seek matching funds from local philanthropies.