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Upper Darby, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: A new mural brought renewed activity and improved safety to Upper Darby Township's downtown. Volunteers -- including older adults, artists, students and art teachers -- designed and created the 135-foot mural, which is located in a breezeway connecting a parking lot to retail and entertainment options. Its design incorporates greetings in 60 languages -- reflecting community members' native tongues -- and older adults' input helped ensure its imagery reflected the region's history. Project organizers also added new lighting and seating to the breezeway. Community response has been positive. I really enjoy the walk from the garage to the office building, one local worker said. It is cleaner and well-lit. The colorful mural provides an uplifting view and I believe that it encourages people to care a bit more about the area...There is such diversity in culture here. Going forward, the Township plans to use the site for small pop-up events, such as a Music at the Mural performance.

Quarryville, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: The Borough of Quarryville set out to beautify a blank wall at a public park. To prepare the wall, Borough staff power washed it and scrubbed it down. A local business donated painting supplies. Then a local artist -- helped by volunteers from the community -- painted the mural, which depicts children interacting with nature. The mural's artist intended the artwork to act as a visual scavenger hunt, with a variety of animals, insects, birds and reptiles hidden in its imagery. The mural's success sparked other works of public art throughout town, including installations along the local rail trail.

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Pittsburgh, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: This project will train people how to advocate for their neighborhoods to receive traffic calming improvements to protect cyclists and pedestrians, as well as people with disabilities and older adults.

Pittsburgh, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Micromobility enhancements/management

Description: This project will provide seven accessible bikes specifically suited for older residents and people with disabilities, which will be available for rent in Pittsburgh's Southside neighborhood along the Great Allegheny Passage.

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