Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.vankamurals.org

Mission Statement

Restoration and lighting of the Maxo Vanka Murals in St. Nicholas Church, together with curatorial, education and outreach efforts to communicate to the public the murals' unique historical, cultural and artistic value to the Western Pennsylvania Region.

Main Programs

  1. Docent Program

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Service Areas

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SPMMMV welcome visitors from all over the world as visitors to St. Nicholas Church in Millvale, PA to see Maxo Vanka's Millvale Murals. Over 2,000 visit the Murals each year and receive the organization's newsletters and other communications.

ruling year

1991

Managing Director since 2016

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Ms. Anna Doering

Keywords

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Maxo Vanka, Murals, Croatia, Art Preservation, St. Nicholas, Gift to America

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Also Known As

SPMMMV

EIN

25-1659238

Physical Address

15 Maryland Ave

Millvale, PA 15209

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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SPMMMV has raised more than $300,000 in its $650,000 Campaign to Preserve the Murals of Maxo Vanka. The campaign will be used to clean, restore and light the murals. After more than 73 years with little or no action, cleaning and restoration are necessary to repair some damage and preserve the work for the future. SPMMMV has also increased public awareness of the murals and marked a significant increase in the number of annual visitors with the expansion of its docent program, the institution of regular visiting hours and an enhanced website.

Programs

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Program 1

Docent Program

Trained volunteer docents provide regular viewing opportunities for the general public. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, visitors may view the murals, hear the fascinating story of how they came to be painted and why they remain a significant work of art. Arrangements for private showings can be made by calling the number on the website.

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Budget

5000.00

Service Areas

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National

SPMMMV welcome visitors from all over the world as visitors to St. Nicholas Church in Millvale, PA to see Maxo Vanka's Millvale Murals. Over 2,000 visit the Murals each year and receive the organization's newsletters and other communications.

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Funding Needs

SPMMMV's funding priority is the cleaning, restoration and lighting of the 22 murals painted by Maxo Vanka that cover 11,000 square feet of the interior of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. The addition of dedicated lighting for the murals marks the first time the paintings have been properly lit since their completion in 1941. To date, ten panels have been completed with 15 remaining. It is remarkable that over the seven decades since the murals' creation, thousands of art lovers have visited and been awed by them despite inadequate viewing conditions. The Society proposes to install state-of-the-art, museum quality artificial lighting, and employ a combination of indirect and direct sources to control long-term effects on the murals. We will protect and preserve the light sensitive surface of the murals with a commitment to energy conservation. SPMMMV has also implemented Phase I of the state-of-the art lighting design by Clear Story with the permanent lighting of Justice, Injustice, Prudence and Mati 1941 in honor of their 75th Anniversary.

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Managing Director

Ms. Anna Doering

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Julia Bubanovich

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Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

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