Visual artist, Jennifer Chenoweth, visited Wilkinsburg last month to present her temporary placemaking project for the community: Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play. Through a series of meetings and events, including a pancake breakfast at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Vigil at the Train Station, Jennifer shared her project ideas and gathered feedback. The placemaking project is a two-year partnership between the WCDC, Wilkinsburg Community Art & Civic Design Commission, and the Office of Public Art, with funding provided by Neighborhood Allies.
Based in Austin, Texas, Jennifer was selected for the project through an open call to international artists to apply to be a part of a new community art project that embeds artists within communities. Selected to work in and with Wilkinsburg, she brings her active studio art and social practice to the community. Jennifer is most excited about discovering the people and architecture of Wilkinsburg. Her project, Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play, will include a variety of free community events, including artist talks, domino games, and community dances in Wilkinsburg. Additionally, she wants to explore the historic public and sacred architecture of Wilkinsburg, and make drawings and artworks to share with the community. She is interested in visiting and documenting buildings and finding original floorplans and elevations from which to make studies. Jennifer will be returning to Wilkinsburg this spring and summer. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 412.727.7855, or just stay tuned to the WCDC’s Facebook page, fb.com/WilkinsburgCDC, for updates and opportunities to connect with Jennifer and get involved!