Four Corners of Pittsburgh Mural Project

Four Corners of Pittsburgh Mural Project

United States
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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 The Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project will collaborate with youth from several neighborhoods around Pittsburgh to create a mural depicting a singular vision of Pittsburgh. Participants will be identified from youth organizations which we have collaborated with in the past such as, the Kinsley Association, Hill House Association, Hosanna House, Father Ryan's Art Center, and the Sara Heinz House. Youth from the Lincoln, Larimer, Homewood, the Hill District, Wilkinsburg, West End, and North Side will work together to share their ideas about their environment in a visual form. They will have time to work with the communities they live in to gather ideas from the public about their region's history. They will use digital cameras to gather photo references from around their neighborhood, while also researching on the internet and in the libraries, the history of their neighborhoods. Together they will use the images they have gathered to work with professional artists, teachers, and managers from the MLK Community Mural Project staff to create a singe piece of art. They will create this art at the Hill House Association on a large canvas banner mural. The banner can then be transported, and presented publicly, throughout the year in each of the neighborhoods.  

About You
Location
Project Street Address

1835 Centre Avenue

Project City

Pittsburgh

Project Province/State

PA

Project Postal/Zip Code

15219

Project Country
Innovation
What is your idea? What makes your project innovative? Why is it important?

Our idea for an innovative mural project is to gather kids from very separate neighborhoods and bring them together to share their vision of a unified Pittsburgh. Their ideas will be translated into imagery on the wall for the public to experience and enjoy. They will use digital photography to collect images from their surroundings, which will become the references for their art. The entire process will be documented because, as with most of our projects the art is only part of the story, the exploration and execution of their ideas becomes the center of their experience and growth. Documentation of the process will be displayed on mlkmural.com. They will have opportunities to share with each other their own personal experiences and compare the differences and similarities of their own living environments. The youth will also get chances to engage the public in the community process. They will have opportunities to ask the public what images they would like to see representing their region of Pittsburgh and also explain to the public their final concepts.

Impact
What will be the impact of your idea?

The group of youth that work on this project will find a new positive views of their community and City. They will have learned the skills of team work by actualizing the project together, with diverse youth from different neighborhoods to create a singular vision. They will have opportunities to explore their thoughts and feelings about their environment. They will have collectively made an impact on their neighborhoods and each other.

What will it take to launch your idea? How will you secure community support and youth participation?

We will partner with youth organizations which we have partnered with in the past such as the Hill House, Kingsley Association, Father Ryan's Art Center, Hosanna House, and the Sara Heinz House to identify youth.

Sustainability
We are looking for ideas from people who can make them happen. Tell us about yourself or your team.

We will partner with youth organizations which we have collaborated with in the past such as the Hill House, Kingsley Association, Father Ryan's Art Center, Hosanna House, and the Sara Heinz House to identify youth.
MLK Community Mural Project has done the most murals in Allegheny County history having made an impact on dozens of communities, hundreds of youth, and hundreds of thousands of Pittsburgh locals. Similarly, with this project, by engaging youths in bettering Pittsburgh they will feel ownership in their city and in turn respect it in a different manner.

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