MURALS can change the way a neighborhood looks -- and the way a neighborhood looks at itself. And the Sprout Fund, a non-profit organization that’s trying to connect young people to Pittsburgh communities in all sorts of ways, has been coordinating a “public art” program since early 2003, bringing life and color and imagination to bare and forgotten or overlooked walls in various places around the city.
WQED Producer Rick Sebak says he first learned about the program because of the mural that went up in his own neighborhood of Regent Square in 2002. “It’s a bird’s-eye-view of my neighborhood,” says Rick, “and I really like it, even though it doesn’t include my house. I just think it's an intriguing and fanciful addition to the local landscape, and I wanted to know more.” Rick soon learned that his WQED colleague Minette Seate had been part of the mural approval process through the Sprout Fund, and Minette introduced Rick to Morton Brown.
Morton Brown has painted murals (and other works of art) in his home state of Arkansas, as well as in the Philadelphia area where he worked with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He has been coordinating the Sprout Fund’s public art program since 2003, bringing together interested communities and skilled artists, always hoping to show that both groups can work together for everyone’s benefit, making neighborhoods more lively and visually delightful.
RICK'S FAVORITE LINKS
Learn more about the Sprout Fund and its public art program.
A little history.
Learn more about what’s happening in art-filled Pittsburgh.
How old do you have to be to paint a mural?
A Post-Gazette article from 2003.
Some partly Cloud-y thoughts on murals in general.