Jun 15

Light and Color at the Fillmore

by: Laura Kochman

Last week, we came together at the Fillmore in Fishtown for our annual Wall Ball gala. Sure, it’s a fun night, but to us at Mural Arts, it means so much more. Wall Ball is the night that we raise funds to keep our work going all year long, and it’s the night when we get to recognize the big picture. This year, we highlighted the great work of our Porch Light program and listened to Porch Light participant Al Tull speak about the way that art has changed his life. We honored our outgoing Board chair, David Pudlin of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, our outgoing COO Joan Reilly, and artist Michelle Angela Ortiz.

We bid on a silent auction full of art from talented Philadelphia-area artists, curated by photographer Morgan Smith (Phobymo). We ate dishes representing the wide variety of immigrant and refugee communities that Porch Light works with, and we mingled with crocheted performers by Olek, a recent artist collaborator. We rededicated ourselves to building community through public art, to equity, fairness, and progress, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you for joining us at Wall Ball 2018—we can’t wait to see you again next year.

Wall Ball 2018 Flipbook 

  • Members of BAOP Multicultural Program perform at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Wall Ball 2018 honoree David Pudlin (left). Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A performer wearing a crocheted body suit by artist Olek takes in the art auction at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Kid-friendly refreshments at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Henna artist Noor Azizah, who works with the Porch Light hub in the Northeast, at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • DJ Dame Luz plays a set at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Partygoers try their luck at the ring toss for Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Eddie Einbender-Luks.

  • BAOP Multicultural Program on the step-and-repeat at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • Getting excited about the art auction at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Eddie Einbender-Luks.

  • Jane Golden (left) and Michelle Angela Ortiz (right) at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • DJ Eagle and the dance floor at Off the Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • Making faces for the photobooth at Off the Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Eddie Einbender-Luks.

  • The crowd at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • The art auction, curated by Morgan Smith (Phobymo), at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • Porch Light participant Al Tull speaks at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • The entryway at the Fillmore for Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Paul Loftland.

  • Art auction curator Morgan Smith (left) talks about her photograph at Wall Ball 2018. Photo by Eddie Einbender-Luks.

  • Wall Ball 2018 honorees Joan Reilly (center left) and David Pudlin (center right). Photo by Paul Loftland.


Thank you to our Wall Ball Presenting Sponsor, Citizens Bank; our Off the Wall Ball Presenting Sponsor, LYFT; and our Off the Wall Ball Supporting Sponsor, Protiviti. For a full list of sponsors, click here.

Last updated: Jun 15, 2018

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