Families Belong Together

Families Belong Together by Ian Pierce (Artes Ekeko). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Project Images 

  • Families Belong Together mural dedication. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • The mural design by Ian Pierce (Artes Ekeko) was printed as a poster and distributed at the Families Belong Together rally on June 30, 2018 in center city Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Artist Ian Pierce (Artes Ekeko; second from right) and Mural Arts Guild alumni during installation of Families Belong Together. Far right: Shaun Durbin. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Families Belong Together mural dedication. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Families Belong Together mural dedication. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Artist Ian Pierce (Artes Ekeko) at the dedication for Families Belong Together. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Families Belong Together by Ian Pierce (Artes Ekeko). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Families Belong Together 

In neighborhoods across the city, families and individuals are feeling the immediate and lasting effects of harsh immigration laws. Inspired by recent national events, Chilean artist Ian Pierce (also known as Artes Ekeko) created a mural that explores Philadelphia’s identity as a sanctuary city, working together with local artist Cesar Viveros on this bright, textured design. The mural features a family making their way to a new home, just like the Fairhill neighborhood where it is located, in homage to Fairhill’s predominantly Hispanic and Latinx community. The immigrants who are a large part of the fabric of Philadelphia deserve to feel at home, to be valued and respected, and that starts with representation.

Funder 

City of Philadelphia

Partner 

Providence Center