Strip District MLK Mural unveiling


ENJOYING THE FINISHED PROJECT—From left: Micci Hutterer, Caren Miller, Edward Rawson, Charles Kikrsey, Charles Smith, Portia Hornick and Berry Breene pose in front of the mural.

Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK Mural)  created a new mural at 2852 Penn Ave., in the Strip District, in partnership with Neighbors in the Strip, and with a group of Pittsburgh youth who were paid to participate as part of their summer job experience through the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.



The unveiling and ribbon cutting of the mural took place Sept. 18. All were asked to join MLK Mural and Neighbors in the Strip in celebrating this new addition to public art in the Strip District. “Pittsburgh jazz artists have helped to shape the course of jazz history and we are delighted to honor that tradition with this new mural,” commented Becky Rodgers, executive director of NITS.



RIBBON CUTTING—Workers, partners, business owners and participants of the MLK Mural Project cut the ribbon to the mural. (Photos by J.L. Martello)


The mural celebrates the rich history of jazz music from the city of Pittsburgh. Such local jazz legends as Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown, George Benson, Roy Eldridge, Erroll Garner, Art Blakey and Lena Horne are depicted on the mural.

MLK Mural is dedicated to the healing and inspiring power of creating public art in partnership with local youth and the support of communities. The young people had a unique opportunity to work with incredible artists from MLK Mural and allow them to create a long lasting piece of public community art.



EDWARD RAWSON, COO of MLK mural, poses in front of George Benson.


Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project (MLK Mural) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, which focuses on the arts, youth development, and education. Find out more at



CAREN MILLER, owner of CJ’s and Art’s, in front of her favorite part of the mural, “Letta Horn.”


Neighbors in the Strip is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1999 to promote economic development opportunities while preserving the personality, integrity and character of the Strip.  

Members include businesses, residents, non-profits, and art/cultural organizations located and/or doing business in and around the Strip. More information can be found on the Strip website, www.neighbors­in­the­ or by contacting Becky Rodgers, executive director, at 412-201-4774.


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