May 14, 2024 | 2:30pm–4:30pm EDT

Manayunk Murals Dedication

Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Manayunk Special Services District, and the Manayunk Development Corporation will dedicate two murals celebrating the history and landmarks of the Manayunk neighborhood. Join us for brief remarks at the Manayunk Development Corporation, followed by a walking tour of the two murals, with refreshments to follow at Mia Ragazza.

Manayunk Textile, by Henry Morales, with assistance from Daniel Lipshutz, is a vibrant gateway to the Main Street Corridor in Manayunk. Drawing inspiration from Manayunk’s history as a textile-manufacturing hub and his own family heritage, Morales employs a traditional Guatemalan textile-design motif to pay homage to some of the neighborhood’s natural and architectural iconography.

Industrious Light: Manayunk Canal, by Phillip Adams with assistance from Mary Henderson and Marcus Hines, takes its inspiration from the Manayunk Canal, which was the first canal begun in the United States. The imagery combines past with present: in the background we see historical images of the canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad, while in the foreground, the canal is given new life and color as nature starts to take over and rewild the waterway.