ABOUT THE PROJECT
Inspired by President Obama’s nationwide My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males of Color is a new initiative that encourages dialogue amongst men and boys of color. Through weekly workshops in North and South Philadelphia, public town hall meetings and live theatre performances around the city, Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males of Color will raise much-needed awareness of the challenges faced by men and boys of color and inspire individual and community resiliency. As part of a partnership between Mural Arts and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services’ Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) initiative, Mural Arts’ Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males of Color project will culminate in a new mural by artists Willis “Nomo” Humphrey and Keir Jonston, informed by Mural Arts’ participatory public art-making process.
The project will raise awareness of the issues men and boys of color face in gaining access to education and jobs, increase men and boys’ access to behavioral health services by reducing stigma, and build momentum toward both community and individual wellness for a diverse group of men and boys of color in Philadelphia.
ABOUT THE EVENT SERIES
This dynamic series of free public events will include performances, panels, films, and discussions designed and facilitated by Chad Dion Lassiter, president and co-founder of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc. Hosted throughout the city, these town hall meetings will be an opportunity for the wider community to contribute to the conversation and to the mural design.