Our streets. Our ideas. Our City.

Our City is a national nonprofit working to transform how people engage with their cities.

We believe in the power of art, design, and play to transform this engagement.

We envision a world where every person sees the world as changeable – then goes out and changes it.

We work to achieve this by creating large-scale public design events, installations, and workshops.

Through our work, we empower residents to imagine and build the future of their communities.

Who We Build With

Native Creatives

Residents, artists, designers, community groups

Flux Foundation
The Crucible
Tactile Workshop
NC State University
Civic Harmony

Cultural Catalysts

Museums, universities, galleries, BIDs/CBDs

Georgia Tech
CAM Raleigh
Tenderloin CBD
Oakland Central
The Goat Farm Arts Center
Hopscotch Design

Policy Pioneers

Mayors, city departments, think tanks, civic innovators

City of Oakland
Raleigh Urban Design Center
Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

Conscious Companies

Local businesses, foundations, corporations

NFL 50 Fund
Bank of the West
The James Irvine Foundation
The Awesome Foundation

Build With Us

Plan an Event

Engage residents to reimagine your city

Our City Events are celebrations of the future of the city. They facilitate the creation of new locally-made public design projects, while building momentum for broader and longer-term community action.

Build an Installation

Address a specific need in your city

Our City Installations are temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent transformations of public space. They are always fabricated locally in the city where they will be installed. We provide strategic and logistical support in helping design teams work with cities to develop and install their projects.

Host a Workshop

Convene leaders to get things moving

Our City Workshops bring together key public sector, private sector, and community leaders to incorporate public design into the planning and project delivery process for their city. Over two days, we explore key challenges facing the city and specific tactical projects to address them.

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