Wall-to-Wall Studios Collaborates with the URA on Urban Matters
Wall-to-Wall Studios collaborated with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) on Urban Matters. An arts and education program rooted in social justice, Urban Matters primary goal is to cultivate a more civically educated and engaged group of young people in Pittsburgh's most distressed and predominately African-American communities.
Participants in Urban Matters use research, interviews and art to create tools to help demystify urban policies and increase participation in decision-making processes that impact and shape their communities.
The URA's Urban Matters program was influenced by the Center for Urban Pedagogy in NYC, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. The W|W team was utilized to help teach program participants basic design principles and to assist them in producing product artifacts.
Over the course of 2 years, W|W assisted Urban Matters with three different projects:
- Land Banks (watch the video)
- Almono redevelopment in Hazelwood (view the website)
- Storm water & waste water in Homewood (watch the video)