Muralist selected to transform building into work of art in Olde Town Altoona

The Altoona Arts and Culture Commission, along with a selection committee of local leaders, business owners and city staff, have selected the artist who will transform the wall of the Borseth Law Office in Olde Town Altoona into a work of art. The mural will be the highlight of a pocket park for the vacant lot in the historic neighborhood, with work planned to be underway this summer. Once completed, the pocket park will welcome visitors from the nearby bike trail into the historic neighborhood. This project is one of many phases of several private and public projects to revitalize Altoona’s Olde Town.

Meet Mila Sketch
Mila_Sketch_Headshot - CopyThe Altoona Arts and Culture Commission underwent a call for artists for the mural in early 2024, resulting in 66 artists from around the world submitting design ideas. From these artists, a selection process resulted in the committee choosing artist Mila Sketch, from Austin, TX, to create the mural. Mila is a contemporary artist who is renowned for her work, and who has a diverse portfolio of global murals and other art displays. Her work can be found worldwide in several countries, including France, Greece, the United Kingdom, and across several states in the United States.

Mila’s winning design submission is titled Altus and combines assets and points of interest from past and present Altoona, while highlighting a nod to the future of our community. “Her work stood out immediately as unique. We’re excited for Mila to arrive in town later this summer and begin work on this one-of-kind project. Her stunning design inspires a great sense of community pride, you can really tell she went into painstaking detail to commemorate so many of the great things that Altoona is home to. We can’t wait to unveil this design to our community and feel it’s something we’ll all take great pride in.” shares Altoona Communications Specialist, Rachel Simon.

Pocket Park Project
Now that the Altoona Arts and Culture Commission and the selection committee finalized its choice of artist, and the Altoona City Council approved the decision, work will move forward to finalize the design with Mila. Later this summer, Mila will arrive in town to create the mural. Once she’s arrived, the city will notify residents so that they can stop by and watch Mila hard at work on her design. Following the completion of the mural and accompanying pocket park, an opening celebration will be held for the community.