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In the News

Promoting Resiliency Through the Arts - International Organization on Arts and Disability

October 2019

Art therapy breaks down barriers at Trinity North

Post Gazette May 18, 2019

Art Expression is finalist again for national award

Washington Observer-Reporter, June 28, 2017

Strip District exhibit features artwork of homeless young adults 

Post Gazette, October 2, 2015

Student with tough time communicating? Art Expression helps

Pop City, January 22, 2014

An innovative school based approach

AATA Newsletter, Winter, 2010

Creative therapy finds place in South Allegheny schools

Tribune-Review, November 26, 2009

Ukuleles bring connections - Somerset Magazine

July 2019

Arts Loud and Clear 

Post Gazette December 19, 2018

Charleroi program promotes creativity

Mon Valley Independent, July 25, 2016

Mt. Lebanon teen combines art, mentoring for Girl Scout Gold Award project 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
May 1, 2015

Teaching self-esteem to children with art 

Post Gazette, May 2, 2013

Art Expression at Keystone Oaks

K.O. Connections, Autumn, 2010

Art Expression: Markham pupils learn social skills inside and out 

Post Gazette, November 1, 2007

Several grants result in Art program for students - Greene County Messenger

May 31, 2019

Award-winning art program lauded for engaging students

Tribune-Review, July 3, 2017

Formerly homeless artist raised $1000 with Goodshop 

The Goodshop Blog, October 22, 2015

Dormont after-school program blends art, movement

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
April 24, 2015

South Allegheny students learn to recycle trash into artistic creations 

McKeesport Daily News,
May 21, 2011

Everybody's welcome

Mt. Lebanon Magazine, June, 2010

Press Releases

Art Expression, Inc. Awarded Support from Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation and Blick Art Materials 

January 23, 2019

Art Expression Honored as 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit

September 12, 2018

Washington Financial funds Art Expression programming in Trinity Area elementary schools

March 2, 2016

Benedum Grant Press Release

November 12, 2014

Art Expression, Inc. Receives EQT Foundation Grant

October 10, 2018

Art Expression, Inc. Celebrates National Arts in Education Week

September 9, 2018

Art Expression's Night Out at the Ballpark

August 13, 2015

Art Expression, Inc. Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

October 8, 2018

Jack Buncher Foundation awards Art Expression $20,000 for after-school programming in two school districts for 2018

February 27, 2018

Arts in Motion Press Release 

March 30, 2015

McKeesport Community Mural


In the fall of 2016, Art Expression teamed up with more than 25 children and adult volunteers from Youth C.A.S.T. (Communities and Schools Together) and Jan Catalogna of the McKeesport Art Group, who donated their time to create a community mural in McKeesport, PA. The mural features bright, positive symbols and imagery to convey two main themes: solidarity with groups who have been victims of recent violence; and the unity and pride of the people of McKeesport.

The mural consists of two parts: a lower wall with a rainbow theme representing the Monongahela River flowing toward McKeesport, and a taller main section that represents McKeesport itself, a proud city working toward renewal at the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela Rivers. Both panels also feature representations of the many groups of people who have been recent victims of violence: the LGBT community, the African-American community, law enforcement, and other groups. The two parts of the mural will be linked by the image of a rainbow, each color representing groups of people with whom solidarity is being expressed.


The volunteers developed sketches of their own ideas and experiences that were incorporated into the mural’s imagery using sketch books and other art supplies donated by Blick Art Materials.

The mural is part of a larger project called Green Playces, an initiative of GTECH Strategies, whose mission is “to work with people to transition land-use liabilities into community assets and improve the economic, social, and environmental health of our communities.” GTECH designed the Green Playces program to take action against blight, connect young people to fun, open green spaces and use those spaces as a platform for environmental education. The third of six Green Playces, the McKeesport site is located in a lot next to, and owned by, Trinity Church of God in Christ under the guidance of Deacon Joseph Lawrence. Additional project partners include Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time, the City of McKeesport – Mayor’s Office, and McKeesport Area School District. Funding is provided by The Heinz Endowments. For more information about Green Playces, please click here.


You can view the mural flyer here.

Contact Us

Art Expression has many community partners including, community and professional organizations, school districts and foundations. If you are interested in helping children through a partnership with Art Expression please contact us.

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