Artists in Schools & Communities


Riverview Junior/Senior High School

We are thrilled to be partnering with Riverview Junior/Senior High School in Oakmont as part of Art Sparks, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Art Sparks aims to install a local, student-created piece of art in every Turnpike Service Plaza over the next five years. Resident Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin is working with students in Glenn Garrison’s art classes to create a ceramic mosaic mural to be installed at the Oakmont Plum Service Plaza. The school serves the boroughs of Oakmont and Verona.

The students collaboratively brainstormed about what regional history to depict in their mural, including Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania architecture, industry, sports, and people. See what local legends and landmarks you can spot in progress during Riverview’s Community Engagement Night, and visit the completed 9×17.5’ mural in mid-November!

Visit the first Art Sparks project the next time you’re in Eastern Pennsylvania – a painted mural at the Lawn Service Plaza created by students at Lower Dauphin High School with Resident Artist Meg Davis in May 2017.

Thanks to PCA&M’s Molly Duerig for the Community Night photos!

Read more about the Residency Project in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

And watch this great video on Kidsburgh about the project, hosted by KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen!