Sacred Spaces Tour I

Jennifer Chenoweth, from Austin, Texas, organized the first Sacred Spaces Tour as part of a public art project. She served as Wilkinsburg’s artist in residence over a two-year period. Upon arriving in Wilkinsburg she was impressed with the historic buildings, including many churches. She told a reporter for the Post-Gazette, “The buildings are so sculptural and impressive. They just don’t make buildings like that anymore.”

She met many residents active in working for the good in Wilkinsburg. “ ‘ I wanted to create events to bring these people together so they could meet each other. I wanted to respond to the beauty and potential of what I saw in Wilkinsburg and help seed conversations that create relationships.’ ”

Arts Schedule

◾ Wilkinsburg Train Station, Hay St. at Ross Ave.
Hello from Jennifer Chenoweth, Poetry by Ken Chute, 11:00 a.m.

◾ Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church, 905 Mifflin Ave.
Eli Alfieri and Friends Music, 11:30 a.m.

◾ Second United Presbyterian Church, 300 Hay St.
David Westfall, Organist, 12:00 p.m.

◾ St. James Church, 718 Franklin Ave.
Michael Kearney, Organist, 12:30 p.m.

◾ Mulberry Community Church, 601 Wallace Ave.
Godfrey McCray Jr. Music, 1:30 p.m.

◾ Covenant Fellowship Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1300 E. Swissvale Ave.
A cappella psalm singing, 2:00 p.m.

◾ St. Mark A.M.E. Church, 1409 Montier St.
Original Play about Story of Job, 2:30 p.m.

◾ Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave.
Barrels to Beethoven, repeats 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

◾ South Ave. United Methodist Church, 733 South Ave.
CMU Creative Expression/Mayor Marita Garrett, 3:30 p.m.

◾ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 600 Pitt St.
Neighborhood Youth Outreach Project, 4:30 p.m.

◾ St. Mark A.M.E. Zion, 807 Ross Ave.
Music, 5:00 p.m.

◾ Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS), 809 Center St.
Student art and Gershon Mitchell speaker on Human Dignity, 5:30 p.m.

◾ Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, 748 Wallace Ave
Frank Hightower Visual Art, 10.000 Villages Shop: prints by Artist George E. Miller II, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ Yingling Mansion, 1300 Wood St.
Amy Fisher Historic Church Photography, Zoe Welsh, John Shook, Sarah Jacobs, Aubrie Milich, Adam Linn, Nicole Santella, and Enso33, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ First Spiritualist Church, 1318 Singer Place
Art and furniture collection, photography, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ A Peace of Mind, 620 Wood St.
Natiq Jalil, Artist, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Ave.
James Shipman, Sculpture, 40-year Retrospective, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ Gethsemane Holiness Church of God in Christ, 744 Ross Ave.
Flowerhouse Visual Art, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

◾ Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS), 809 Center St.
Reception, DJ Gusmuvee, 6–8 p.m.

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Fisterra Projects is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization.

“Come Over, Come Eat, Come Play” by Jennifer Chenoweth in collaboration with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation and the Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission with sponsorship by the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program of Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art of Pittsburgh.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Heinz Foundation and Hillman Family Foundation.

We are grateful for the support of Preservation Pittsburgh’s Religious Architecture Heritage Committee for its help in outreach, and the Rotary Club of Wilkinsburg/Regent Square with its help with the Reception, hosted by the Pittsburgh Urban Christian School.


Deana Carpenter, “Wilkinsburg readies for tour of historic sacred spaces, ” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 6, 2018.

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Information on the 1st and 2nd Sacred Spaces Tours, Fisterra Projects,