What's UP

Union Project uses the arts to bridge gaps between communities.

Since 2001, we’ve repurposed our historic church building to provide an affordable, safe, and welcoming home to grassroots entrepreneurs, artists, non-profits, and people of all faiths.  Positioned at the literal intersection of some of Pittsburgh’s most racially and economically diverse urban neighborhoods, Union Project is a community hub and literal and figurative common ground for surrounding neighbors. Guided by a servant leadership model, UP staff and board work together acting as intrapreneurs to connect and strengthen a network of community partners in order to nurture people's skills, spirits, and self-sufficiency.  Simply said, the foundation of Union Project is dialogue and good old-fashioned conversation between people. So let us hear from you. Become part of our ongoing project.

Visit us today to learn more about what’s incubating here, share your ideas, or let us know how we are doing.


Union Project has empowered local residents and strengthened the stability of Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods via the creation of hundreds of new jobs, micro-businesses and nonprofits, cultivated more than 35,000 volunteer hours to help renovate and improve our space, and gathers tens of thousands of diverse people to connect, create and celebrate. For more information about what we’ve accomplished over the years go to Multi-Media & Recognition.

Core Values

Inclusivity, the Arts and Artists, Collaboration, and Joy.

Inclusivity: We value diversity and are committed to making our programs accessible, affordable, and welcoming to all. We build programs, collaborations, and partnerships that offer opportunities, skills, and resources and engage people in decision-making processes that empower them to make positive social change.

The Arts and Artists: We use the arts as a primary strategy for engaging people. Through the arts, we believe we can understand diverse perspectives, create empathy, act compassionately, and learn to accept our fellow-human beings. 

Collaboration: We believe that collaboration is essential in the creation of inclusive communities. We strive to engage community members in collaborative art that results in the creation of something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Joy:We recognize that building inclusive communities and art making can be hard work and therefore approach our work with joy-filled hearts. We believe joy is contagious and must be felt in order to live out our vision.