May 14 | 11:30am–1:30pm EDT

Flight: Public Community Discussion

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A new series of portrait murals titled Flight by renowned artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, will be painted across Philadelphia this spring. Flight explores what it would be like if Black people could fly—flying as liberation, escape, and imagination—and builds on a legacy of Black cultural production in this vein. Each mural will feature Black figures rising off the ground and floating in the air, the largest of which will be painted at 13th and Spruce Streets, high above the streetscape. Paired with each mural will be text excerpts from notable Black writers like Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler that articulate the poetics of flying.

Join us for a public program that includes readings by local poets and writers, hear the artist discuss the project, and share your own work and thoughts about what it could mean to fly. Fazlalizadeh will also be photographing attendees who are interested in becoming potential subjects for some of the murals. Come and be a part of this exciting new project!

This program is co-produced by the African American Museum of Philadelphia in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Light refreshments will be served.

When on-site we ask that visitors age 3+ present with a face mask upon arrival; however if you happen to forget, 1 single-use face mask will be available upon entry. Your cooperation with our new admissions policy helps us reduce person-to-person contact and ensure that we are adhering to capacity limitations. Learn more about how we are keeping you safe and what you can do to help by viewing our Safety Tips online prior to your visit.

Purchasing museum admission and proof of vaccination is required.

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