creating platforms for conversation and education

Hemi­spheric Conver­sa­tions: Urban Art Project (HCUAP, pronounced, “hiccup”) seeks to create plat­forms for conver­sa­tion and educa­tion about urban art produc­tion (graf­fiti, street art, and muralism, among other genres), and to explore aesthetic and histor­ical connec­tions between post-indus­trial cities.  Begin­ning in 2016 we have sustained two years of program­ming that focused on the inter­cul­tural exchange between the post-indus­trial cities of Pitts­burgh, Chicago, and León Guana­juato Mexico.


Urban Art covers a broad range of topics and issues. We acti­vate dialogue through a combi­na­tion of educa­tional outlets: public debates, day-long symposia, and parallel public-facing research with art produc­tion resi­den­cies and a series of youth art work­shops. This approach forges a collab­o­ra­tive approach to making and advo­cating for the ampli­fi­ca­tion of urban arts and artists as posi­tive mech­a­nisms for imag­ining and reimag­ining urban space.


These topics raise larger ques­tions about citi­zens’ power in shaping their envi­ron­ments; about the desired image of the city we would like to see; and about ques­tions of just devel­op­ment and commu­nity history and identity.


HCUAP program­ming is orga­nized by Caitlin Bruce, Oreen Cohen, and Shane Pilster in collab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Pittsburgh.


All events are free and open to the public.