Student & Teacher Programs

The Vanka Murals provide an immersive and unique context for learning about the intersection of history, art, and social justice, as well as the story of Pittsburgh and its place in history. We use the themes of love, social justice, empathy, and community in a range of ways that you and your students can engage with Vanka’s murals – onsite at St. Nicholas, in your classroom, or online.

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School & Youth Field Trips

Visit the murals of Maxo Vanka with your middle or high school students. Skilled educators facilitate discussions and activities using the imagery and themes of the murals, while leaving plenty of opportunities for student-led exploration. Visit our Field Trips page to learn more.

Professional Development Workshops

Programs for teachers and educators focus on building a community of learners to share stories, inspire ideas for student learning, and reflect on the meaning of love and justice with the Vanka Murals. Options for day-long and half-day professional development workshops are possible, and can include space in the basement for meeting, food, and activities. Costs vary, email to discuss options.

“Best PD I have been to in a long time. I loved the small group feel.”
“I had such a great time today. That was the best and most well-planned PD that I have ever been to. Thank you for your hard work in putting it together.”

– Pittsburgh Public School teachers following a day-long Professional Development

Virtual and In-Classroom Opportunities

We recognize there may be various barriers to accessing on-site programs at the Murals. To reach those audiences for whom in-person tours are not possible, but who still want the conversation, community, and learning opportunities, we are piloting programs for local groups by providing off-site and virtual programs. To learn more, and inquire about participating in a potential pilot program, email


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