Where the Heart Is: An Artistic Examination of "Home" in Pittsburgh

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About the Project

Where the Heart Is: An Artistic Examination of Home is a community-led public art initiative that provides a platform for Pittsburgh residents to reclaim their shared spaces and the narratives that accompany them. Areas of residential value and civic interaction, such as barber shops, convenience stores, recreation centers, basketball courts, churches, and even abandoned lots are publicly unsung as viable community assets and/or colloquial sacred spaces. Where the Heart Is allows Pittsburgh stakeholders the opportunity to affirm and commemorate the landmarks, symbols, and stories that reflect their collective identity via public art. Through an extensive community engagement process, WonderRoot and the project artist(s) will work collaboratively with residents to identify landmarks of local value, capture individual narratives, and conceptualize artistic markers that articulate the collective vision of the neighborhood. Where the Heart Is encourages the Pittsburgh community to reexamine their eminence as valued residents as they continuously shape their shared environment.

WonderRoot is currently accepting proposals for the Lead Artist for the Where the Heart Is project. Interested applicants can download the request for proposals here and submit proposals here.

Proposal should be a result of the artist's interpretation of interviews conducted at an earlier stage of the project.

Listen to the interviews here.