Upcoming special Event:

CMOA: Performers at Play

Our residency at the Carnegie Museum of Art continues with two Social Ceremonies, open to public participation. What are social ceremonies? Here’s a description from the Master of Ceremonies, Connor Sites Bowen.

As social animals, our perceptions are tuned to human interaction. Humans are amazing communicators - we use all our senses to make our thoughts and intentions known to each other. Furthermore, we can coordinate our actions and activities into civilizations. The social senses can be developed by communities to create holidays, rituals, and celebrations to knit us closer to each other.

Join City of Play and Connor Sites-Bowen for two Social Ceremonies this summer - secular ritual games, played as a group within the walls of the museum. Together, we have immeasurable ability. Families welcome, though players may be asked to separate from the group they arrived with. Engage your senses, befriend new neighbors, explore the museum’s collection, and cultivate mindfulness August 29th and September 7th.

August 29th, 6pm

September 7th, 10am

at the Carnegie Museum of Art

we are Play merchants

City of Play shows up for public gatherings, neighborhoods, workplaces, festivals, and private groups. We know that every event is different, and we are happy to work with you to find the right games to play. That said, we have some standard options…

Pop up Playground


Our minimum offering is a 1-4 hour curation of the existing games in our inventory with two play-workers to assist your players. These could be board games, street games, adult games, shark-jumping games, whatever suits your fancy. We set up the games and play with your guests.

pervasive games


For those seeking a more intense, more facilitated experience, we have a number of pervasive games at our disposal. Here’s a link to a list of pervasive games if you’re curious. These are big games taught to big groups. Everybody gets the low-down, everybody plays together, and everybody celebrates at the end.

Experience Design


If you really want to work with us, we can design and produce original experiences together. You tell us your vision and we’ll make it playable. We’ve designed board games, car-chasing games, immersive theater, civic ceremony, steampunk parades and even a wedding or two. We require at least one month advance notice for original experiences.

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Have a vision that desires to be created?

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