Program evaluation related to: In 2017, the farmers market was re-named the Wilkinsburg Thursday Open Market (WTOM) and moved to a new, more visible location on Wilkinsburg's busy Penn Avenue closer to Braddock Avenue. Those attending the WTOM every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 are generally those with the privilege to have time to shop outside work hours, have transportation and funds, and have the time, interest, and knowledge about cooking fresh foods.
Increased sense of community through a shared value for healthy food.
We envision a new third space, one that isn't just about buying produce once a week, but also new social spaces where neighbors come to connect with others in the community. Reduce health gaps caused by differences in income, education, race and ethnicity, location and other factors that can affect health.
Center for Civic Arts (CCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic enterprises inspired by civic engagement, community development and social justice. Moving beyond conventional studio materials, the civically engaged artist's toolkit includes dialogue, community organizing, public awareness campaigns, and art media, with the intention to impact social, environmental, political or economic change. These participatory public art works are co-creations by the artist and the community, as equal partners in a democratic civic practice.
CCA's history of artistic enterprises include:
1. The Stoner Way Blight to Bright Project (2016) (blight remediation partnership with Allegheny County Cleanways)
2. South Fayette State Correctional Institute's Faces from Within Project (2017) (healthcare injustice stories and portraits by SCI inmates)
3. CREATE (2018) arts education based at Turner Intermediate School, Wilkinsburg
4. Wood/South Gateway Project (2018-20) (vacant lot revitalization as a green public space),
5. Public Art (2016 - 2021)
* Dream Bench, Ross Avenue bus stop, recycled material bus stop bench (2016)
* Bob Ziller and Martha Rial Stoner Way murals celebrating Wilkinsburg heros. (2016)
* Environmental public art project in partnership with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, to build public awareness about the invisible air and water pollution caused by Braddock/Rankin industry and transportation. (2018-2021)
* Gateway Project public art responding to environmental hazards. (2019-2020)
* Geometric sidewalk mural, Ross and Wood in Wilkinsburg (2018)
* Ferguson Playground: tessellation mural by children. (2019)
* 2020 planned Wilkinsburg farmers market artist in residency to bring awareness to Wilkinsburg's scarcity of healthy food options.
6. Historical Restoration and Preservation (2017-2021)
* Conservation of Wilkinsburg Civil War artifacts and WPA Mural