Name searched for New Kensington Community Mural


October 6 – Are you good at finding names? A mural in New Kensington needs it.

Westmoreland Community Action is accepting name suggestions for the Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue Community Mural. It’s on the side of the building housing Ashley’s Kitchen, across from Central City Plaza.

The three-story fresco was unveiled in April. This is the second project under the Community Arts & Reintegration Project, a restorative justice-based program led by Tim Holler, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg. The first mural was dedicated to Mt. Pleasant in 2018.

About half of the nearly 100 panels of the New Kensington mural were painted by residents during a series of ‘painting days’ held in 2020. Artist Bernie Wilke and other artists did the painting. rest.

It was Wilke and Holler’s idea to take suggestions for a name, said Toni Antonucci, director of development at Westmoreland Community Action, a sponsor of the project.

Wilke and Holler named the Mt. Pleasant Mural “History leaves an impression”.

The New Kensington mural contains images of the city’s history with Alcoa; the well-known graffiti tag “I (Heart) Biff; And notable citizens and community members including photographer Eddie Adams, basketball player RicQuan Johnson, Chancellor of Penn State New Kensington Kevin Snider and Police Officer Brian Shaw.

“We are really leaving this open to the community,” said Antonucci. “We want to see what people have to say. What do members of the community think he should be named? What does this fresco represent for New Kensington? What does New Kensington represent to them?

Name suggestions are taken through an online survey. They can also be sent to Antonucci by email at [email protected], or by phone at 724-834-1260, ext. 1112.

There is no deadline for submissions, Antonucci said. Suggestions will be taken from groups as well as individuals.

“Ideally, we would like to have something by the holidays,” she said.

The person whose name is chosen will get credit on the mural, provided they give their name, Antonucci said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter.

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