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Kidsburgh: Turnpike Unveiling Mosaic Created By Riverview High School Students

Way To Go!!!
Riverview Students Team Up With Art Sparks to
Create First Western PA Turnpike Plaza Artist Mural

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, The PA Council for the Arts (PCA) has created “Art Sparks”. The program’s goal is to make use of high school student created murals as Turnpike Service Plazas exhibits throughout Pennsylvania over the next 5 years. Along with Art Sparks, PCA utilizes a nationally recognized Arts in Education program pairing experienced teaching artists with educators and students. The Arts in Education (AIE) program will work with Art Sparks to create these student murals throughout the state. In addition, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is partnering with PCA’s AIE to serve Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties.

Riverview School District was selected to create the first Western PA student artist mural at the Oakmont Plum Service Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike! Students created a ceramic mosaic with Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Ms. McLaughlin, worked with Riverview students for 20 afternoon sessions and assisted students with experiences related to conceptual thinking, visual and creative skills, and team work. Students researched and chose the subject matter of the final piece, which highlighted subjects specific to the Western Pennsylvania region.

Through the project, participating students also had the opportunity to visit exhibits and create their own studios at the Center for the Arts.


Community members were invited to a special community involvement night on October 4th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Riverview JSHS Cafeteria where refreshments were served, student musicians entertained, and a chance for all attendees was provided to assist with the creation of the 9' by 17.5' Riverview student created mosaic artwork. 

The unveiling/reception of the mosaic took place at the Oakmont Service Plaza on November 9, 2017.
September 1, 2017
Day 1 of 20 sessions with visiting
Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin
October 4, 2017 
Community Engagement Event
November 9, 2017
Unveiling at the Oakmont Plum Service Plaza 
The first Art Sparks Mural was created by Lower Dauphin High School in May 2017.

Riverview has been selected to create the Second Art Sparks Project.

Our Mural will be installed at the Oakmont Plum Turnpike Service Plaza.

Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin will be working with the students.

RSD's Mural will be a ceramic mosaic mural.

The Mural is created in 21 pieces. Each piece is 30" x 36". 
The finished size is 9' x 17.5'.
A plaque about the project will be hung next to the Mural.
After the Mural is complete, 45 participating students will take a field trip to the Center for the Arts to create in their studios.

Color post cards of the Mural will be printed.
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