The new Highland Park Artists in the Park attended the Sept 2021 HPCC Community Meeting to share examples of their work and get feedback from the community. Marlana Vassar’s presentation is here and the Urban Conga’s presentation is here. The Urban Conga also did an interactive survey during the meeting and an interactive workshop at the park the following Saturday. Additional information about both artists, including links to their websites and EngagePGH’s pages, are provided below.
The City’s Arts in the Park program is made possible by the RADical ImPAct Grant, which was launched in celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 25th anniversary.
The Arts in the Park program intends to fund bold, forward-looking, creative projects that will have a radical impact on the region; see https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks for more info. The two artists selected to create pieces for Highland Park will join the HPCC Community Meeting on Sept 16 to share their past work and get input from you! The artists selected for Highland Park are:
- Marlana Adele Vassar: Marlana Adele Vassar is a Pittsburgh artist exploring ways to share her art that will enhance the City. She has 15 years of experience across a variety of mediums and her current focus is on creating distinctive public art with a balance of style and substance. Her artistic philosophy is “art is everywhere, and the ordinary has the potential to be extraordinary.” Marlana’s website is here: https://marlana.me/ and you can provide her feedback here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/marlana-adele-vassar
- The Urban Conga: The Urban Conga is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. They are made up of a diverse group of creatives focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play. They achieve this by putting the community first in the design process by hosting a series of participatory design workshops to develop multiple concepts for the artwork. The workshops arwill be focused on sparking a playful dialog around the past, present, and future of Highland Park. They will be starting this dialog at the next council meeting on Sept 16th and will be hosting a workshop at the park on Sept 18th (details coming soon). The Urban Conga’s website is here: http://www.theurbanconga.com/ and you can provide them feedback here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/urban-conga
Meet the artists at the Sept HPCC Community meeting, 7 pm, on Zoom. You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.
On Saturday, Sept 18th from 11 am-4 pm, The Urban Conga will also be hosting a participatory workshop on-site to the left of the Highland Park Entry Garden. This will be an opportunity for people to stop in and share with us their thoughts about the past, present, and future of the park and community. Also, if anyone can’t make it that day they can also leave feedback digitally to help with the process here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/urban-conga and the city is also in the process of making a Facebook event page as well that they will be sharing out.