“Larimer Stories” by John Peña in collaboration with The Larimer Consensus Group and The Larimer Senior Group with sponsorship by the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program of Neighborhood Allies and Office of Public Art.
In 2016, The Larimer Consensus Group and artist John Peña began working to create a community-engaged public art project in the Larimer neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA. Peña spent the first phase of the project interviewing and recording personal stories from long-term residents. He began with one-on-one interviews, then moved to group interviews/workshops in which the group collectively built an informal history of the neighborhood.
Peña and The Senior Group with the help of Donna Jackson began meeting regularly to select compelling quotes from the interviews that communicated a history of the neighborhood as told through the experiences of the residents. The Senior Group and Peña then designed a prototype and hired a fabricator to make a metal display structure that would present these narratives to the neighborhood.