Community Art Camp: Collaborative Mural Project

Join Visual Artist/Painter Alison Zapata and Aspinwall Neighbors as we turn our love of our community into a work of art!  15-20 participants (ages 16+) will work and learn together while creating a collaborative mural for the Borough of Aspinwall. 

The two-phase project will include 14 in-person sessions.  The mural design will be inspired by the greater community’s answer to the question: “What do you love about Aspinwall?”, as collected at Aspinwall’s largest community event, Aspinwall’s Big Night Out on August 11th. The discussion around the responses will inspire poetry and imagery that will be combined into designs for the colorful and content-rich mural that participants will paint on the pavilion walls located at the Aspinwall Fountain Park and Elijah Straw Playground on Borough of Aspinwall property.

  • Design Concept Sessions: Saturdays 8/13 & 8/20, 9am – 11am
  • Mural Painting: Saturdays 8/27-11/12, 9AM-Noon
  • You don’t need to be available for ALL of the sessions, but we hope you can join us for at least half. Due to weather and other constraints we may hold some Sunday sessions as well.
  • All abilities and interests are welcome. This free community art camp is open to our neighbors aged 16+

Public art adds a tremendous amount of value to the cultural, economic and aesthetic values of a community. It is well-documented that public art contributes positively to a community’s sense of pride and identity, and enhances the quality of life for the residents.

Alison Zapata, Visual Artist/Painter

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Aspinwall Neighbors and The Borough of Aspinwall selected the mural site as a result of the draft comprehensive plan created from community feedback. We hope to see more public art installed throughout Aspinwall, connecting our vibrant business districts and beautiful recreational areas through inspired art and shared experiences. If you’d like to be a part of future public art projects, please email

This project was supported in part by the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Arts in Education Partner serving Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties is Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. Additional project support was provided by Aspinwall Neighbors and its annual partners, Chad Gregorini – State Farm and UPMC St. Margaret, The District Association, The Borough of Aspinwall, and Sherwin Williams.

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