Mt. Pleasant Borough to Gather Ideas for 'Restorative Justice' Project; A Nondescript Mt. Pleasant Borough Building with White Siding Will Be the Canvas for a Mural Designed and Painted by Community Members and Juvenile Offenders. [Derived Headline]

By Signorini, Renatta | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 5, 2017 | Go to article overview

Mt. Pleasant Borough to Gather Ideas for 'Restorative Justice' Project; A Nondescript Mt. Pleasant Borough Building with White Siding Will Be the Canvas for a Mural Designed and Painted by Community Members and Juvenile Offenders. [Derived Headline]


Signorini, Renatta, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A nondescript Mt. Pleasant Borough building with white siding will be the canvas for a mural designed and painted by community members and juvenile offenders.

Ideas about how the mural should look gleaned from public meetings -- the first is Wednesday -- will be combined into a design created by lead artist Bernie Wilke.

"It's a challenging job," said Wilke, an art history professor at Westmoreland County Community College. "We're looking for general themes from people and even sort of general images to use. We believe that there's going to be a fair amount of unity among the comments."

The project is the first local "restorative justice" initiative based on a similar program in Philadelphia in which former inmates are given temporary jobs producing murals. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program helps eliminate blight and reintegrates former prisoners into the community.

Area officials attended a presentation about Philadelphia's program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in February 2016. Tim Holler, assistant professor of criminal justice at the college, is moving ahead with replicating the idea here as project director of the Community Arts & Reintegration Project for Westmoreland County.

The first community meeting will include a discussion of concepts to include in the mural's design. The session will be held at American Architectural Salvage in Mt. Pleasant, which will be the site of the mural.

Westmoreland Community Action CEO Tay Waltenbaugh said the organization -- it operates American Architectural Salvage -- had been contemplating a mural on the side of the building that faces the Coal & Coke Trail. …

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