Pittsburgh’s ‘art car’ starts road trip at Randyland
Amy Scafuri and her daughters are taking their “art car” for a spin through 90-neighborhoods in effort to promote communal arts
By: Neil Strebig
A lack of sunshine didn’t stop Amy Scafuri from embarking on an art-inspired road trip.
Her first stop? Randyland, of course.
“What better way to start a road trip than the happiest place in Pittsburgh,” said Scafuri.
Scafuri will be taking her “art car” – a 2015 Subaru Outback decorated with a colorful tarp – around 90 neighborhoods throughout the course of the year offering free, pop-up craft workshops in an effort to promote “community, family, and creativity.”
“Basically, I’m using what we have and doing what I can,” said Scafuri who works as a community art teacher.
The tarp that turns an average four-wheel drive vehicle into a vibrant, four-wheel art emissary was hand-crafted from sheets that Scafuri and her three daughters sewed together after participating in an art car workshop with Cheryl Capezzuti. Originally, the goal after Capezzuti’s workshop was to celebrate the art cars, like Scafuri’s, during a New Year’s Eve parade through downtown’s cultural district. However, Scafuri had other ideas.
“I have this beautiful tarp and I can’t wait a year, so I’m going to bring it everywhere,” said Scafuri. “There are parts of Pittsburgh I’m hoping to discover on this cute little trip.”
Following Randyland, Scafuri’s next stops will be Saturday, April 21 at the fountain in Highland Park and then follow Saturday, April 28 at Millvale Community Library for a poetry and handmade journal workshop with Girls Write Pittsburgh. In addition, Scafuri will be at the new Millvale food truck part each third Saturday of the month.