creating platforms for conversation and education

Hemi­spheric Conver­sa­tions: Urban Art Project (HCUAP, pronounced, “hiccup”) is an educa­tion and art program orga­nized by Caitlin Bruce, Oreen Cohen, and Shane Pilster in collab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh. This project 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 cities. 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. We use a combi­na­tion of public debates, symposia, youth art work­shops, short resi­den­cies, collab­o­ra­tive art produc­tion, and public-facing research to acti­vate such dialogues. Our first two years focused on the inter­cul­tural exchange between the post-indus­trial cities of Pitts­burgh, Chicago, and León Guana­juato Mexico.


All events are free and open to the public.

Fox Way Mural (2017)

Brashear High School Workshops

Assemble Workshop

Latin American and Caribbean Festival at PITT

Carnegie Library Hazelwood

Environmental Charter School Workshop

Carrie Furnace Mural / Demonstration

HCUAP Symposium 2016