Examining Social Justice in Art

Students in Lit City—an Upper School English elective that explores how Pittsburgh inspires and marks its writers and artists—visited St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church to study Croatian artist Maxo Vanka’s murals. These 25 murals, created between 1937 and 1941, showcase the immigrant experience in America while expressing Vanka’s passionate beliefs about social justice, injustice, and the horrors of war.