Wilkinsburg: Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play

In 2016, The Office of Public Art of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council announced a call for artists to be artists in residence within a community. I was selected by Wilkinsburg, one of 6 neighborhoods selected for the project in Pittsburgh.

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The Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program is an initiative of Neighborhood Allies and Office of Public Art. During the pilot, a series of six temporary works of public art are being created in each of Neighborhood Allies’ target neighborhoods: the Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Millvale, Wilkinsburg, and the Southern Hilltops (Allentown-Beltzhoover-Knoxville).

The projects are the result of in-depth collaboration between the artists and the community-based organizations (CBOs) selected to participate in this program. The vision, form, location, installation duration, and materials for the projects have been determined through the collaboration of the artists and communities.

“Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play” by Jennifer Chenoweth in collaboration with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation and the Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission with sponsorship by the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program of Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art of Pittsburgh.

“Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play” will include creating drawings of the historical architecture in Wilkinsburg, and displaying the drawings as a moving exhibit with free community activities from open drawing sessions to domino games to breakfast parties to dance parties all around the Borough. Activities will occur during the Summer of 2017 and the Summer of 2018. You are invited. All activities are free and open to all ages.

Read an article in the Wilkinsburg Sun about the project here.

For the summer of 2017, I will be at the Wilkinsburg Thursday Open Market sponsored by the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce from 3-6pm Thursdays through August 3. Collaborating with the Borough of Wilkinsburg’s “Park It!” program, I will be leading drawing activities of historical architecture on July 3, 17, and 31 at 1:00 pm at Ferguson Park for kids (and everybody).

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This program is supported by generous funding from the Hillman Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. THANK YOU!