In 2004, ArtWell and Mural Arts Philadelphia initiated a powerful collaboration which brought together youth and community from Al Aqsa Islamic Academy, La Salle Academy, and Moffett Elementary Schools as well as neighbors and volunteers from all over the city. Through school-based and community arts workshops, we created a large-scale mosaic, Doorways to Peace, and a painted mural, transforming Al Asqa and everyone who participated in its creation.
Now, ten years later, Al Aqsa invited ArtWell, Mural Arts, and the original school partners to engage again by refurbishing the original work and creating new work to grace the walls of Al Aqsa. Led by artist Parris Stancell, we created beautiful new imagery together, deepening connections among neighbors, and tapping into the power of art to open doors to strengthened relationships and understanding.
We hope you will join us on May 21 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the work at a dedication ceremony held at Al Aqsa.