Oct 17

Talks, games, and paint days galore for week three of Mural Arts Month

by: Carly Rapaport-Stein

Mural Arts Month, week three. We’ve had over two weeks of nonstop activity, ranging from arts activities around town to fascinating panels to the haunting Unsung at the Rail Park.

But we’re not done yet. This week is full of crafty and creative ways to experience the city, ranging from a neighborhood trash sort to a family-friendly paint day. You can also celebrate the work at two dedications, or take a deep dive into Mural Arts’ roots and risk-taking by attending muraLAB. Read on below for more details!

Explore daring artmaking and the origins of Mural Arts on October 18 at the return of muraLAB Live. Tuesday’s stellar lineup features a series of artists, performers, and speakers who exist at the intersection of creativity, social practice, and artistic risk-taking: Jon Rubin, Tayarisha Poe, Jesse Krimes, Catzie Vilayphonh, Rocco Albano, and more.

Treasure your trash on Thursday at Trash Academy’s trash party.  Join the folks behind Trash Academy—a “collaboratory” between Mural Arts, LandHealth Institute, artist Margaret Kearney, and South Philly community residents—for games with the Trashmobile, a hands-on trash sort with Maurice Sampson (Clean Water Action), and a presentation by RAIR. In between trash-happy happenings, check out information about trash advocacy and trash interventions in your neighborhood.

Paint Day, February 2016. Photo by Steve Weinik.

This Saturday, join neighbors and friends as we remember Lt. Joyce Craig, the first female firefighter to be taken in the line of duty in Philadelphia. Lend your time and talent at this community paint day at Lawncrest Rec Center, helping to breathe creative life into a new mural honoring Lt. Craig and her impact on the City of Philadelphia. The family-friendly paint day will also feature arts and crafts projects, information about fire safety prevention, and fabulous fall activities.

Eddie Lang (design) © 2016 Jared Bader.

Enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon, and stop in for a tuneful dedication of a new mural, Eddie Lang: The Father of Jazz Guitar, happening during the Eddie Lang Day celebration. Swing to snappy music from the 1920s and 30s, grab a bite to eat, and honor the legacy of this influential Philly musician.

Bloom (installation), September 7, 2016. Photo by Steve Weinik.

On Monday, October 24, help dedicate Ben Volta’s Bloom. The blossoming branch, formed by hundreds of drawings intertwining across the 166-foot mural, reflects themes of home, connection, belonging, and growth, and was created in conjunction with Russell Craig and members of the YVRP Guild. Can’t make the event? Watch our story on ABC News!

Last updated: Oct 18, 2016

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