About 30 students joined Mrs. Long on a field trip to visit the Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale.
These paintings took on new and increased meaning as at the time they were painted, Maxo Vanka had fled eastern Europe in the hopes of escaping growing fascism and violence. At the time of the trip, it had been five days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a dark backdrop that brought increased relevance and perspective to the works.
“I think it did overlap a lot considering that we are talking about WW1 [and] WW2 right now in APUSH that definitly helped me think a lot about how this is all so similar to what is happening now, and I kind of got the feeling that people who would have looked at these murals back then would have looked at what’s happening now and been able to identify with it and vice versa,” said Zoe Trexel, a junior, who participated through an opportunity presented by the Arts and Innovations Pathway.
Photos from Luc Gilchrist and Leinala Cabrera
For more information – https://vankamurals.org/