July 2009

AMP conducted its Pennsylvania state project with Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (and now an AMP advisor), and eighty 13-to-18-year-old students from MCG’s summer program in Pittsburgh.

The inspiration for the project was the Quincy Jones quote “You have to know where you come from to know where you’re going.” Digital arts students took video and audio clips while students in the ceramics, design arts, and photography studios sculpted clay, made drawings, and took pictures that expressed who they were and what they loved about Pittsburgh. Then they etched the work onto aluminum plates that from a distance will appear to be a 14-foot-tall steel beam in a section of the mural depicting steelworkers on New York’s West Side Highway.