Sep 28, 2018

Mural Arts Month, Week One

by: Laura Kochman

Mural Arts Month 2018 is a go! We can’t believe it, but we’re rolling into our first full week of thought-provoking public events. We’re keeping our energy up with plenty of berries and cream Mural Arts Month donuts from Federal Donuts—available at all FedNuts locations October 1 through October 8! One dollar from every donut sale goes to our Art Education program.

If you’ve been watching the Portraits of Justice mural installation at the City’s Municipal Services Building, join us on Friday for the kick-off event—where the artists will start “erasing” parts of the interactive mural and replacing them with creative solutions to issues in reentry. If sustainability is more of your jawn, our Art of Sustainability symposium next Saturday is for you. And if you love art, technology, and music (who doesn’t?) head out to Barnes on the Block: Remix on Sunday, October 7 for our Mural Arts Month opening party.

Here’s where you can find Mural Arts Month all week long: 

Opening night of To the Polls. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Monday, October 1 / 6–8PM
To the Polls Panel Discussion
448 North 10th Street, Second Floor

Moderated by exhibition curator Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. How can art encourage civic participation through voting?

Remembering a Forgotten Hero by Keir Johnston and Willis Nomo Humphrey. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Tuesday, October 2 / 11AM–NOON
Mural Dedication: Remembering a Forgotten Hero
Universal Charter School, 1427 Catharine Street

Gather at Universal Charter School to dedicate a new mural honoring Octavius V. Catto, early civil rights activist.

Tuesday, October 2 / 5:30–7:30PM
Monument Lab Report to the City – Release Party
Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street

Join us to hear Monument Lab curators Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum present a report on the data points collected during this fall 2017 project. Celebrate and find out about the next phase for the Monument Lab organization.

Planters designed by Basurama, with Weaving Culture by James Dunn in the background at Southwark School. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Thursday, October 4 / 9–11AM
Dedication: Weaving Culture with Basurama
Southwark School, 1835 South 9th Street

Dedicate planters and seating made out of recycled desks with artist collective Basurama, as well as a series of colorful mini-murals inspired by the interconnecting cultures of South Philadelphia.

Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Friday, October 5 / 5–7PM
Portraits of Justice Opening with Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts
Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

The Portraits of Justice initiative culminates in October, starting with a kick-off performance from poet and Reimagining Reentry Fellow Reginald Dwayne Betts in front of a mural from artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig.

Artist Stacy Levy speaks at a River Room, for Art@Bartram's. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Saturday, October 6 / 10AM–5PM
The Art of Sustainability
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation @ Drexel University, 3501 Market Street
$10 per person

How can organizations can use public art as a catalyst for community engagement, leadership, and stewardship when it comes to environmental challenges and opportunities? Registration includes coffee, lunch, and a light reception.

Saturday, October 6 / NOON–8PM
Mural Arts @ Midtown Village Fall Festival
13th & Chestnut Streets

As one of the Festival sponsors this year, look for the Mural Arts Philadelphia table and come say hello!

King Britt DJs at Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny in Malcolm X Park. October 14, 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Sunday, October 7 / 4–8PM
Barnes on the Block: Remix (Mural Arts Month Opening Party)
Barnes Foundation, 20th and Callowhill Streets

Barnes on the Block, sponsored by Target, returns to join up with Mural Arts Month for food trucks, dancing, and a beer garden in the Barnes parking lot. Guests can enjoy music from DJs King Britt and Rich Medina, plus Drum Like a Lady leading a drum cypHER featuring DJs Aura and Precolumbian. In a first for Mural Arts, we’re creating an augmented reality mural experience inside the Barnes! Plus, muraLAB continues inside the Barnes with a discussion from artists King Britt, Joshua Mays, Walé Oyéjidé, and Jill Is Black on the topic of legacy, from the conceptual to the practical.


Thanks to our Mural Arts Month 2018 sponsors: Presenting Sponsor PECO; Supporting Sponsors Nick & Dee Adams; Contributing Sponsor Lyft; Participating Sponsors the Majik Foundation, Parkway Corporation, Hankin Management Company, Relief Communications, Wawa, the Independence Foundation, and Federal Donuts.

Last updated: Sep 28, 2018

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