Philadelphia Inquirer features new Same Day Work program on Front Page

Philadelphia Inquirer features new Same Day Work program on Front Page

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Alvin Tull, a lead teaching artist at Mural Arts, paints a rose on the parachute cloth that will be transferred to a wall at Suburban Station as part of the Same Day Work program.

Mural Arts Philadelphia has embarked on a groundbreaking new program putting economically insecure individuals to work creating public art with partners MHP, Scattergood Foundation, and Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. Samantha Melamed of the Philadelphia Inquirer covered the story on the front page here.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square on cover of Philadelphia Inquirer’s Do This

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square on cover of Philadelphia Inquirer’s Do This

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A worker welds one of the final steel bars used to support the lanterns in the final week leading up to the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival.

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square and the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Grace Dickenson gets behind the scenes to see how it all comes together. The cover story for the Do This Weekend Section is here

Mashable: Fairmount Park Conservancy has fun with a Cheese Gritty to promote Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Very Philly Christmas

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Someone made a Gritty out of cheese, and it’s perfect

Christmas came early this Friday, when a sculpture of Gritty made out of cheese was unveiled. The Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot was crafted by expert food sculptures Jim Victor and Marie Pelton using three 40-pound bricks cheddar cheese, according to Philly Voice. We assume it had an extra sharp flavor profile – it’s what Gritty would want.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Franklin Square’s historic fountain is getting a choreographed light show

Franklin Square’s historic fountain is getting a choreographed light show

On Tuesday, Historic Philadelphia Inc., the organization that operates Franklin Square, announced the renovation of the fountain, which was built in 1837 and restored in 2006 after years of disrepair. It is the oldest functioning public water fountain in the country and the longest surviving fountain in William Penn’s original five squares in Philadelphia.

Wall Street Journal highlights work of Prevention Point Philadelphia

Wracked by Opioid Crisis, Philadelphia Braces for Tent-Camp Closures

Philadelphia plans to begin closing two encampments on Wednesday and is trying to move homeless drug addicts into shelters and treatment before police move in.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jon Kamp and photographer Dominick Reuter spent several days in Kensington, including working with Prevention Point to understand the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

A heroin user injects herself in the hand under a bridge in the Kensington neighborhood. Photo by Dominick Reuter

Associated Press Highlights Mural Arts & Barnes Foundation Partnership

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Instructor Dawan Williams talks about details of a birdhouse during a session of the “Restorative Justice” program at The Barnes Foundation Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018 in Philadelphia. The Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia are collaborating on “Restorative Justice,” a program where current and former prison inmates will work on public art projects. They will create panels for a future mural, as well as a body of work that will be exhibited at the museum. Jacqueline Larma AP Photo

Mural Arts Philadelphia and the prestigious Barnes Foundation are collaborating on a series of projects with Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. The Associated Press highlighted one of the formerly incarcerated artists leading one of the projects, as well as some of the students and how they are benefiting from the program.