Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Art House an Unoccupied Home in Homewood Is Filled with Kids, Art and Noise for a Few Hours Each Week

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Art House an Unoccupied Home in Homewood Is Filled with Kids, Art and Noise for a Few Hours Each Week

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The Art House, at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Hale Street in Homewood, is a yellow brick home owned by Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corp.

Vanessa German has filled it with paper, paints, brushes, picture frames, archival boxes, oversize T-shirts used as smocks and children, who stop by two or three days a week to make art. There is a painted "Art House" sign outside, as well as yard signs that say, "Stop Shooting -- We Love You."

The walls are filled with art made by Miss Vanessa, as she's known, and the children. On one wall are "Art House Rules" the children came up with on their own. Some samples:

* Be nice

* No hiting

* Don't say 'I can't do it.' You try it.

* Be respectful. Respectful.

* We can be nice

Ms. German, 36, is an artist who grew up in Los Angeles. …

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