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Mural Arts hosts symposium on issues around mass incarceration

The Mural Arts Program hosted a regional symposium, “Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration," on April 15.  The symposium brought together different voices to examine issues from all sides.  It also focused on ways in which art can help inmates adjust to life after prison. Vernon Clark from The Philadelphia Inquirer attended the event.

John Wetzel (left), Pennsylvania secretary for Department of Corrections, Tony Heriza (center), filmmaker and moderator, and El Sawyer (right) filmmaker, participate in panel discussion during a gathering of criminal justice advocates, students, artists, former inmates and others at Community College of Philadelphia for "Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration" hosted by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Mural Arts Program highlighted in Huffington Post

“Mural Arts is changing the way neglected or distressed neighborhoods see themselves, and the results are astronomically beneficial,” said Malerie Yolen-Cohen in the Huffington Post.

AIDS Fund Honors 17-Year-Old Twins

Natalie Pompilio profiles Keisha and Kevin Diggs, 17-year-old recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award from AIDS Fund at this year’s Black-Tie GayBINGO event.  The twins have been volunteering since they were three years old. Here is the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mom Terrie Hawkins (center) and twins Keisha Diggs, (left) and Kevin Diggs volunteering at GayBINGO. The 17-year-olds will be honored this weekend as "Volunteers of the Year" by the AIDS Fund for their years of service. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

Mural Arts at 30 on Fox29

The Mural Arts Program’s 30th Anniversary was featured on Fox29. The new book, Mural Arts @ 30, debuts on March 25 at the Free Library. Artist Diana Gonzalez was interviewed about her work with the program. 

Mural Arts Program announces new rowing mural project

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced a brand new mural project to reflect Philadelphia’s long history of rowing on the Schuylkill River, to be seen along the river. The Philadelphia Rowing Mural will consist of two murals, one on each side of the Schuylkill, facing each other under the Girard Avenue Bridge. The project was featured in a front page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The project was featured in a front page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wayne Roberts works along with a room full of other artists to paint by number the mural sections that will eventually be placed under the Girard Avenue Bridge. The murals are the first to be installed in Philadelphia’s illustrious Fairmount Park. (MICHAEL BRYANT/Staff Photographer)

New board chair at Inglis featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Lauren DeBruicker, recently elected as the first wheelchair user to head the Inglis Board of Directors, was featured in a lovely profile in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Natalie Pompilio.

Lauren DeBruicker with Brian Woznicki, a resident of Inglis House who is using eye-tracking software to type on a computer. (Michael Bryant/Staff)

Franklin Square debuts Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

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Franklin Square debuted a brand new seasonal attraction: Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. CBS3 had a live weather report here showing off the new lights.

Mural Arts Program restores Keith Haring mural

The Mural Arts Program restored the only remaining collaborative mural created by pop artist Keith Haring. Kathy Matheson and Matt Rourke from the Associated Press came out to cover the story. 

 

The 1987 mural titled "We The Youth" by artist Keith Haring, seen Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia, has gotten a makeover. The city’s Mural Arts Program has worked for months to restore the only collaborative public mural by Haring that is still intact and at its original site. Haring died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 31. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

27th Annual AIDS Walk Philly

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The 27th Annual AIDS Walk Philly raised funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. NBC10 reported live from the event, see the video here.

Mural Arts Program Restorative Justice work featured on CNN

Mural Arts Program and Michael Whittington

The Mural Arts Program does really amazing work in the Restorative Justice field, helping those in or coming out of the criminal justice system find a new path. The story of Michael Whittington is told here on CNN.