“Not only will these projects support our artists, but they also provide an opportunity to creatively reflect the values, character and identity of our communities," said Mayor Bill Peduto.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The city is investing $800,000 in public art this year and is seeking artists for more than a dozen projects across Pittsburgh.

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There will be 18 projects across 18 neighborhoods, and the Department of City Planning Public Art and Civic Design announced there will be a call for artists in 2021 to commission new public artwork.

It’s the largest introduction of new public art in the city for decades, a press release says.

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“We are excited to announce these upcoming opportunities to enhance public art throughout the city,” said Mayor William Peduto in a statement. “Not only will these projects support our artists, but they also provide an opportunity to creatively reflect the values, character and identity of our communities.”

A big part of the funding, $500,000, is from a grant provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District Art in Parks program.

The decision comes after the Department of City Planning Public Art and Civic Design completed a survey of artists to hear about how the city’s public art opportunities and processes can be involved.

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