Our mission is to conserve and protect for permanent public exhibition the nationally recognized Maxo Vanka Murals within St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, enabling the immigrant artist’s “gift to America” to serve as an enduring catalyst for community engagement and education, inspire social and cultural dialogue, celebrate diversity, and forge connections through reflections on the extraordinary American experience.
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.
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.
Since 2009, SPMMMV has raised nearly $1.5M from generous individuals and institutions making it possible to conserve and light 12 of Maxo Vanka’s 25 stunning Murals covering the walls of St. Nicholas