Request for Qualifications: Performing Artists for the 2020 Season  

PIT Performing Arts Series

a. Overview

The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is soliciting qualifications from performing artists and performing arts groups to perform during the 2020 season at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). 

A performing arts selection panel comprised of Art in the Airport Advisory Committee members and regional performing arts professionals will select a qualified pool of candidates to fill the 2020 schedule of performances. Performing arts of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, including all genres of music, dance, and theater. 

Performances last two hours (with one break), and typically begin at 11:30 AM. Performance locations include PIT’s center core stage in the airside terminal (post security checkpoint), and on the ticketing level of the landside terminal (pre-security checkpoint). Performances are compensated at a rate of $100/hour (solo artists) and $175/hour (groups of 2 or more).

b. Program Description    

Established in 2015, The PIT Performing Arts Series is part of the Art in the Airport program, which aims to enhance the atmosphere of the facilities for visitors and staff by presenting visual, performing and public art of the highest quality. For visitors that might not have a chance to experience the vibrant performing arts community that exists in our region, PIT serves as a portal to our cultural amenities. 

As part of ACAA’s commitment to artistic excellence and quality, this program provides performing artists with a competitive fee, a diverse international audience, and world-class facilities and sound equipment that include a large elevated stage, truss lighting, monitors, subwoofers, head speakers, a mixing board, music stands, microphones and stands, and all related cords. Also available is a Bergmann Heritage Series baby grand piano located at the airport’s landside terminal venue for acoustic sets. 

c. Eligibility and Selection: 

ACAA is interested in applicants who can perform two hours’ worth of original, high-quality content, and can represent our region’s robust and diverse performing arts community in a creative, professional, and family-friendly manner to a diverse audience. Eligible disciplines include all categories and genres of music, dance, theater, and performance-based art, including spoken word, puppetry, gymnastics, carnival and circus arts, and magic and illusion.   

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of Art in the Airport Advisory Committee members and regional performing arts professionals. Selections will be based on the following criteria:  

  • Quality and completeness of application materials
  • Skillfulness and originality
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary trends in given discipline 
  • Professionalism and ability to perform in a family-friendly atmosphere
  • Willingness and ability to engage an international audience
  • Ability to perform in varying conditions and settings
  • Ability to perform at least 60% original material during a two-hour performance 

All performers and affiliated personnel will be subject to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security background check prior to performing. Anyone deemed unable to proceed through the security checkpoint will be unable to perform. TSA’s decision is final and neither the Allegheny County Airport Authority nor the Office of Public Art can appeal TSA's decision. Their decision is final. You will be notified in advance of your performance of the results.

d. Approximate Timeline 

Release RFQ: Monday, October 14, 2019 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 18 at 4:00 PM 

Artists notified: Week of December 2, 2019 

e. How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted electronically through the electronic form below. 

Required materials: 

  1. Contact information for the applying group/artist, as well as information for the lead contact. 
  2. Group/artist website 
  3. A one-page letter describing the group/artist’s work, why the applicant is a good fit to perform at the airport, and any relevant accomplishments and unique experiences. 
  4. Up to 5 images that best represent the group/artist’s work  
  5. Up to three video files that best represents the group/artist’s work. 
  6. Up to three URL links to third-party streaming sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) that best represent the group/artist’s work.   

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Derek Reese at Please do not contact the Pittsburgh International Airport about this opportunity. 


The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is soliciting qualifications from individual media artists, game designers, or digital experience teams to produce an immersive experience at Pittsburgh International Airport.

This initiative is part of the Creating a Sense of Place program under the Arts and Culture department; which aims to enhance the experience of the facilities for visitors and staff, by presenting visual art, performing art, and public art of the highest quality. Temporary and diverse programming will attract attention and investment from repeat business and leisure travelers, as well as local visitors and employees.

A selection panel comprised of Art in the Airport Advisory Committee members and a representative from the ACAA IT department will select one individual or team, to produce an immersive digital experience, which will highlight an asset or group of assets from the Pittsburgh region. 

Project Description

As the gateway to the region, the Pittsburgh International Airport Art in the Airport program aims to deliver something unique with this project. The immersive experience is intended to give passengers a sense of the region – such as riding a roller coaster at a local amusement park, experiencing the incline, or similar. This integration will be located within the International Arrivals area at PIT, and will be placed adjacent to a baggage claim area, when passengers dwell. 

Once selected by the panel, the individual designer or team will be asked to submit a series of potential experience schemes, and will proceed to work the ACAA Arts and Culture Manager and IT, to refine which experience will be integrated into the space.

Approximate Timeline

The anticipated schedule represents ACAA’s best estimate of the schedule that will be followed:

• ACAA Issues RFQ:  09/27/2019 

• Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Proposals:   10/21/2019 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

• Panel Selection Completed and Projects Notified:  10/28/2019

• Contract Period Completed: 11/08/2019

• Design and Revisions Period:  12/13/2019

• Installation Completed By: 2/28/2020

Eligibility and Qualifications:

· This opportunity is open to professional digital designers and/or content managers based in the United States of America. 

· Individuals must have completed at least one digital project in the public realm.

· Teams are welcome to apply. 

· Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and Art in the Airport Advisory Committee Members are not eligible to apply. Immediate family members of Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and Art in the Airport Advisory Committee Members are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply: 

Please apply with the following online at :

● A statement of interest regarding interest in creating an immersive experience for an airport environment, which also illustrates the interest in supporting the Creating a Sense of Place program;

● Demonstrated experience to perform a project in the public realm;

● A statement regarding the availability of work or the ability to produce a site-specific experience;

● The name, title, address, email address and phone number for a reference. 

● Five to ten (5-10) images of previous and representative work; and

● A resume or CV.


Each proposal will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of Art in the Airport Advisory Committee members and a member from the ACAA IT Department, and will be reviewed for responsiveness to:

a) Quality of work presented in the images; with indication of the ability to create a high-caliber, world-class experience;

b) Responsiveness to the statement of interest; and

c) Previous experience working in the public realm.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Award and Contract

After the committee has reviewed qualifications and selects the awardee, the contract negotiation process will commence. The ACAA Arts and Culture Manager will work with the selected designer or team to complete the design process, and navigate installation planning.

The awarded artist or artist team will receive a total of $75,000. This fee will be all-inclusive to cover the design stipend, hardware, team travel costs, and any installation fees beyond what the airport team is able to provide. Hardware should be expected to perform for at least 8 hours per day, for the period of at least two years.

ACAA will provide photo documentation of the artwork. 

Questions regarding this RFQ may be sent to by October 11, 2019.

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