From Oil Drilling to Oil Painting: Revitalization Through Oil City’s Artist Relocation Program

Aug 11, 2014

Joann Wheeler stands in the lobby of the National Transit Building. The lobby mural depicts big players of the oil industry, like John D. Rockefeller.
Credit Kelly Tunney / For WPSU

Oil City suffered the fate of many other Pennsylvania communities that were once driven by prominent industries. It was once the hub of the nation's oil production and home to major companies like Pennzoil and Quaker State.

But the companies moved away and the days of Oil City's prosperity are gone. Oil City has had to find ways to reinvent itself. And it's chosen to embrace art—and artists.

Read a full version of this report at the website of Keystone Crossroads, a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities.