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From portraits of Pittsburgh legends to community-created masterpieces, there are so many incredible murals to discover in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is home to a diverse arts and culture scene, which includes an eclectic collection of fantastic murals throughout the city’s 90 unique neighborhoods. Ranging from powerful tributes, like Kyle Hoolbrook’s John Lewis Mural or Jeremy Raymer’s Roberto Clemente, to community messages, like Janel Young’s Six Feet ApART mural Downtown and Monika McAndrew’s Bridging the Generations of Bloomfield, countless colorful, creative and meaningful murals can be found all over the city.
Read on to learn more about community mural projects in Pittsburgh.
Above: Love in the Clouds is Ashley Hodder’s first mural in the Daydream Station series. It’s located in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood on Beltzhoover Avenue.
Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood recently launched The Homewood Experience, a neighborhood initiative dedicated to preserving history and instilling pride through community engagement, businesses development, sustainability and cultural integrity. The Artwalk, an initiative highlight, invites residents and visitors to explore Homewood by way of outdoor murals.
The Artwalk currently features 11 murals created by four different artists, including The Artwalk Coordinator and Homewood native Camerin “CAMO” Nesbit. His feature pieces include the Homewood is Home and BubbleGum murals, both located along N. Homewood Avenue. The project will continue to grow as murals and artists are added.
The Sprout Fund, now dissolved, was a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects in Pittsburgh. From 2003-2010, The Sprout Fund worked with community groups and dozens of local artists to create 56 large-scale works of public art in 39 different neighborhoods. Located in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, Fabrics of the Community was designed by Jackie Kresak and inspired by her mother’s quilt with the purpose of conveying the welcoming, comforting warmth of a diverse, colorful and growing community. James Maszle’s Season of Hope in Homewood also was part of The Sprout Fund. The mural is on a massive wall, measuring more than 200 feet in length highlighting Homewood residents, iconic symbols and local landmarks. Visit The Sprout Fund website for a full listing of murals including the artists and locations.
Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire, educate and empower the youth through public art. Founded by established Pittsburgh artist and muralist Kyle Holbrook, this program aims to use public art as a means to reach kids over the summer months to do positive community work. Through the years, the project has expanded beyond Pittsburgh and into 56 cities, 27 states and 43 countries.
The beautiful, collaborative MLK Pittsburgh Murals can be found in a number of neighborhoods throughout the city. In the Hill District, you’ll find a tribute to the late Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson. The mural was created with the support of 10 students and includes each of their favorite August Wilson plays. In East Liberty, a mural honors the late Pittsburgh-native Mac Miller. In Larimer, the We Fall Down but We Get Back Up mural features portraits of East Enders, which Miller helped paint with a group in 2008. With hundreds of Pittsburgh residents engaged, the MLK Project has created more than 40 murals throughout the city, including the murals along the MLK East Busway spanning eight neighborhoods.