Every Thursday in October, Mural Arts will head to the Yards Brewing Co. for a special mural-inspired happy hour from 3 pm – 6 pm. Each week, Mural Arts will invite an artist to mingle with guests and join in beer, fun, and conversation, offering behind-the-scenes views and inspiration of their mural found in the Philadelphia community.
Featuring artists Donna Grace Kroh & Rachael Reyes Vazquez of YEAH Philly – Voices of Expression located at YEAH Philly
Artists Donna Grace Kroh & Rachael Reyes Vazquez are behind the soon-to-be-dedicated mural YEAH Philly – Voices of Expression on the facade of YEAH Philly’s home located at 5257 Walton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143. This is the first mural by artist Donna Grace Kroh, who was introduced to Mural Arts by volunteering for a paint day activity at The Oval. Kroh’s design includes the colors teal, black, white, and yellow and also notes inspiration from people, including Malcolm X – and themes of self-advocacy. The mural focuses specifically on the concept of protesting–but Kroh wanted to ensure that it was not shown as negative, aggressive, or violent–rather beautiful, positive, and a means to provide voice. YEAH stands for Youth Empowerment For Advancement Hangout (YEAH) and is a Black-led, community-based nonprofit that works with teens and young adults in West And Southwest Philadelphia ages 15 to 24 who have been impacted by violence. Understanding the correlation between poverty, opportunity, and violence, YEAH provides services to address the short- and long-term needs of teens in the evenings when violence is most prevalent. Official mural dedication to be hosted following this Mural Mingle on Friday, October 14, 2022 at its new home at YEAH Philly.