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Temporary Public Art & Placemaking Pilot

The Temporary Public Art & Placemaking Pilot serves to reduce the challenges of blight, harness creative cultural potential, and help reenergize and reshape how residents imagine their neighborhoods.

Call for Communities JPG“Placemaking” is defined as a community-based approach to reimagining existing places and creating dynamic shared spaces.  The ultimate goal of placemaking is to capitalize on existing cultural and community assets to improve health, happiness and well-being by building agency into the community, increasing the sense of belonging, and changing the narrative and imagination about what community is and can be. Arts and cultural activities, such as this program’s public art installations and cultural events, can serve as the catalyst to animate and enliven public space. Placemaking has the power to rejuvenate structures and streetscapes, strengthen local businesses, enhance public safety, and bring people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds together.

The Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Pilot Program will produce multiple public art projects throughout Neighborhood Allies’ six target neighborhoods. It will serve to reduce the challenges of blight, harness creative cultural potential, and help reenergize and reshape how residents imagine their neighborhoods. The projects themselves will vary, dependent on the interests, needs, aspirations, and vision of both the artists and communities.

Neighborhood Allies will work with lead partner, the Office of Public Art to manage collaborative project teams of artists and community-based organizations and help facilitate community engagement surrounding the creation of these temporary public art projects and, on a greater scale, the surrounding placemaking efforts.

To build the capacity of the community organizations and artists engaged in the program, Neighborhood Allies and Office of Public Art are partnering on the development of the Placemaking Academy, which is part workshop, design studio, and training session. The Placemaking Academy will train and coach artists and community-based organizations on the process of implementing temporary public art and placemaking projects throughout the city of Pittsburgh. The entire process will give organizations and artists the necessary knowledge base, networks, and training to execute future neighborhood public art and design projects.

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