May 16, 2018


Schuylkill Haven Community Mural

Schuylkill Haven, PA – In partnership with the Walk in Art Center (Schuylkill Haven) and Jump Street (Harrisburg), Philadelphia Mural Artist Jonathan Laidacker has been mentoring students in Schuylkill Haven High School’s art classes as part of an arts-in-education residency to create a three-story mural to be featured on Main Street, Schuylkill Haven.  Created during a 10-day arts residency, the mural will depict local history and arts-based themes that represent the local community. This cross-curricular project encourages students to learn elements of art and history, as well as practice skills that emphasize research, historical accuracy, communication, teamwork, and project management.

Jonathan has been employed with Mural Arts Philadelphia for more than 11 years, holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has more than 50 public mural projects throughout the United States. Member artists of the Walk In Art Center have the opportunity to learn from Jonathan and mural painting techniques utilized by the Mural Arts Philadelphia program.  

The community has two chances to meet the artist and paint part of the mural at two Community Paint Days.  

  • Tuesday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schuylkill Haven High School’s Art Show, 501 E Main St, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
  • Wednesday, May 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Support for the community mural is provided by Dr. Herman Zwerling through a grant written by the Walk in Art Center. The residency program is made possible by a cooperative partnership between Jump Street, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 and the Schuylkill Haven School District, under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Arts-in-Education program.

For more information about the mural, please contact Walk in Art Center studio artist Mike McCord at (570)490-8369 or

For more information about the artist residency, please contact Associate Director Amy Beaver at (717)238-1887 ext. 1105 or


Jump Street has been serving the Harrisburg Capital Region for more than 40 years, providing arts programs for students and adults; arts grants to artists and organizations; arts-based community service programs; and technical assistance to artists and organizations. As an Arts-in-Education Partner, Jump Street receives arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.