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Input Sought for Planned New Kensington Mural

SHIRLEY MCMARLIN | Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:10 a.m.

Community members are being invited to share their ideas for a mural planned for the side of the Walt’s Deli building in New Kensington.

The mural is a project of the Community Arts and Reintegration Project (CARP), administered by the Center For Applied Research at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in collaboration with Westmoreland Community Action. Funding for the project is provided through a grant from the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Creativity.

“Community members can contribute to the conceptual design by uploading their memories about New Kensington, their favorite picture of the New Kensington community or drawings they would like to be part of the design discussion process,” CARP director Tim Holler said.

“The thoughts, ideas and images generated via the online submission process will be used in a virtual town hall design meeting. The discussion during the virtual town hall meeting (the date of which will be announced in the near future) will then be used as the basis for the design of a large-scale community mural,” Holler said.

Current and past residents of New Kensington are asked to submit ideas, photos, sketches and suggestions for the community mural via a digital portal. Community members will be invited to help paint the panels that will make up the mural.

This is the second community mural initiated by CARP. The first mural, designed with the assistance of Mt. Pleasant residents, is installed on the side of the Architectural Salvage building at the entrance to the Coal & Coke Trail in Mt. Pleasant.

CARP’s restorative justice element brings together community members, organizations and youth on probation with the Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Department to develop and construct murals to be installed on buildings in targeted cities throughout the county.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter .

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