Croatian artist Maxo Vanka painted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the interior walls of St. Nicholas Croatian Church in Millvale, PA in two intense creative periods in 1937 and 1941. The images are provocative and larger-than-life representations of faith and community; the immigrant experience and sacrifice; and a call for social justice. The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka's mission is to preserve and share the unique Murals of Maxo Vanka through conservation, education and celebration.
Paint your perspective of Maxo Vanka’s Justice and learn how to “scale up” a small drawing to be a 20-foot Mural. Or — make a creative expression of your perspective on your own story, our world today or the concept of Justice.
How did Vanka — and how can you — use art to tell a story or share your perspective? How does the science behind perspective make it possible to “scale up” an image and make a bigger impact? The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, Ketchup City Creative, educational instigator and love activist Michelle King, artist and benevolent troublemaker of Busnegie Museum of Art fame, Suzanne Werder and members of AIA Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum as well as the Vanka Murals’ Docents will be working together to help participants of all ages to explore, test and respond to those questions.
This event is open to all ages and skill levels with a variety of activities. Participants will be able to view the Murals during their visit
On Display: Gift to America 2.0: Come and see how educators across the city have are interpreting and integrating Vanka’s murals and messages in and out of the classroom!