The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka stands in solidarity with the Black community and against the violence, racism, social injustice and abuse of privilege that we continue to witness in our country and the world that have taken the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more.
Maxo Vanka’s murals includes universal and timeless commentary on societal issues. His paintings tell many stories, but they were also meant to illuminate and challenge painful truths, to call-out injustice, to provoke difficult conversations, and to inspire change. It is disheartening to acknowledge the extent to which their relevance has yet to fade.
Stewarding and sharing the Vanka Murals are not enough. As an organization, we must commit to the hard work; the inward and outward facing actions that help us live, grow and honor the power and meaning of the Vanka Murals. We must and we will:
actively listen and help to amplify the voices that need to be heard now and in the future.
increase inclusivity among our Board, Advisory Council, staff and volunteers.
ensure that diverse perspectives and lived experiences are reflected in our interpretation of the murals.
collaborate to create community conversations inspired by current events and themes within the murals that lead toward honest recognition of injustices and produce positive strategies and actions.
expand revenue-sharing and awareness-raising partnerships with community organizations working on issues that resonate with the themes of the murals such as social and economic injustice, immigration, violence and more.
Our eyes, ears, hearts and minds are open to other ways we can contribute to our community and beyond and help make positive change happen. SPMMMV stands as a partner that will advocate for and work toward creating a more just society.