Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka


To save, preserve and share the unique murals of Maxo Vanka through conservation, education, and celebration.


Serving as an enduring tribute to the immigrant experience, Maxo Vanka’s Millvale Masterpiece is recognized as a destination for art, conservation, and culture.


The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka was incorporated in 1991 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to raise awareness and educate the public about the murals and their significance to Pittsburgh’s history, and their depiction of America’s immigrant experience.

Because of the Society’s efforts, the murals have received historical designations by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the National Register of Historic Places. SPMMMV also manages the volunteer docent program that offers regular Saturday tours and responds to special requests for tours from individuals, organizations, schools and other private groups. The organization is also responsible for the fundraising effort to facilitate immediate conservation and lighting of the murals. SPMMMV also prioritizes the ongoing development of a diverse audience — local, national and international — with the intention of sustaining the murals for the enjoyment and education of generations to come.