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Even if you’ve never heard of Janel Young, chances are you’ve seen her work. Anyone who uses Yahoo likely saw the logo the Pittsburgh artist designed for the web service’s 2021 Black History Month campaign
. But while Young has received recognition in the digital world, her work is better known in the real world, including a number of public murals she painted throughout Pittsburgh in the last year. Her work "Pathway to Joy
" on Fort Duquesne Boulevard became the centerpiece for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and she painted her first two 3D murals
as the inaugural artist for Walnut Capital of Bakery Square’s Community Public Art Program. She also used her art to address important issues — “Respect the Space
,” a mural she painted at a Downtown bus stop, encourages public transit users to social distance from fellow passengers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Plus, she’s encouraging folks to read. Young was one of four artists commissioned to create a special edition library card
for the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.