Wilkinsburg: Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play

Oct 13 2018 Come Over Come Eat Come Play event flyerIn 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” includes pop up events around the Borough: food events, domino games, dance parties, workshops and park programs.   The events are to build connections within the community and to engage residents about what is unique to Wilkinsburg: diversity, historical architecture, and a small community rebuilding trust. The artist is documenting the historical architecture in Wilkinsburg through drawings, photos, and tours. Activities occur during the Summer of 2017 and the Summer of 2018, culminating in a “Sacred Space Tour” of historic buildings with arts programming at each site. You are invited. Activities are free and open to all ages.


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