Pittsburgh Seeking Artists to Bring New Life to the City

Pittsburgh donates over $800,000 to create the largest public artwork initiative introduced in the last decade.

9770 Radical Impact Grant

More art, made by local artists, is on tap for Pittsburgh’s parks thanks to a new initiative that helps support artists as well as to create new meaning in the places where we live and visit. 

As part of the $800,000 project, which is fully funded by grants, the city is seeking qualified artisans to create public works throughout the area. 

About $500,000 of the funding was supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, which hopes to integrate more object-based sculptures, site-specific installations or landscape works within the region’s parks, including Emerald View Park, Frick Park, Highland Park, Riverview Park and Schenley Park. 

“The RADical ImPAct grant program was designed to allow our regional assets to dream big about the future of our creative landscape,” says Rich Hudic, RAD executive director, in a statement. “We are particularly excited about the Art in Parks program, which will bring large-scale works of public art into our regional parks. We look forward to this project bringing a renewed sense of vitality to our public spaces by making art a part of our everyday lives.”

Bid submissions to have artwork considered for the project are due by Tuesday, March 23, and can be submitted through Beacon under “Call for Artists: Art in Parks.” An account must be registered on the website in order to apply.  

There also will be virtual information sessions to provide support for artists throughout the application process. The workshops take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, March 15 and from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. The Zoom link and further contact information can be accessed through Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning Public Art and Civic Design website

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