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The Oval Opens for Summer 2016

http:// The pop-up park on the Parkway, The Oval, returns for summer 2016 created by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation with help from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. CBS3’s Jan Carabeo previewed the project on opening day.

Google Trekker to capture Philadelphia’s Parks and Trails

The launch of the Google Trekker project in Fairmount Park Belmont Plateau May 16, 2016

The launch of the Google Trekker project in Fairmount Park
Belmont Plateau
May 16, 2016

Philadelphia Magazine highlighted the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation partnering on capturing Philadelphia’s trails and parks with the Google Trekker, on loan from Google.

Philadelphia Inquirer Cover of Weekend Section for Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square drew over 90,000 people in 7 weeks to Franklin Square, kicking off the 10th Birthday Season with an exciting event. Natalie Pompilio wrote a cover story for the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Weekend Section about the spectacular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Judith Porter, pioneer in needle exchange, honored at AIDS Fund’s Black-Tie GayBINGO

photo by CBS3

CBS3’s Cherri Gregg produced a wonderful segment highlighting the pioneering work of Judith Porter who has been working with drug addicts for over 25 years to provide education and needle exchange to avoid getting HIV. CBS3 and KYW Newsradio spotlighted Judith’s work since she will be receiving the Favorite Straight Person of the Year Award at AIDS Fund’s Black-Tie GayBINGO on March 19. Watch the video here. Special thanks to Prevention Point for opening their doors to enable an important story to be told.

Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project featured in Newsweek

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The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created a project called “Open Source” which brought together 14 artists from around the world to create public art. The month-long outdoor exhibition and celebration was covered by Max Kutner for Newsweek.

The street artist MOMO has created a 22-story mural for "Open Source," a monthlong exhibition organized by the Mural Arts program in Philadelphia. STEVE WEINIK FOR THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA MURAL ARTS PROGRAM

Pope Francis Signs Mural Arts Program mural, The Sacred Now, Covered on CNN

MuralPopeSign_BradleyMauleThe City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created a beautiful new mural, “The Sacred Now,” in honor of the September visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. Artist Cesar Viveros and some children presented Pope Francis with the final panel and he signed it, “Francis” to become a permanent part of the mural, created in partnership with the World Meeting of Families. CNN commentator Bruce Feiler talked about the mural during the live presentation.

photo by Bradley Maule for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Philadelphia Inquirer covers Future Storytellers during 10th Anniversary of Once Upon A Nation

On the story telling bench at the Betsy Ross house, Joanna Harris and "history maker" Meredith LaBoon who portrays Betsy Ross, exchange stories. ( ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

Natalie Pompilio from the Philadelphia Inquirer covered the new Future Storyteller program created by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. for the 10th Anniversary of their Once Upon A Nation program.

On the storytelling bench at the Betsy Ross house, Joanna Harris and "history maker" Meredith LaBoon who portrays Betsy Ross, exchange stories. ( ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

6abc Features Mural Arts Program’s Fathers and Children Project

Artists from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program worked with inmates at Graterford Prison and their children to create a mural that depicts the bond between father and child. 6abc featured the project on Father’s Day for their 6abc Loves the Arts segment.

Teens Encouraged to Visit Cultural Institutions for Free by Other Teens

l_img_5448WHYY’s Peter Crimmins visited with teenagers from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to hear the audio tours of museums created by teens for other teens and available for free. The youth gave inside tips on what they found interesting at several cultural institutions where STAMP members can visit for free.

Students who created audio tours (from left) Asia Kaiser, Academy of Natural Sciences; Asef Khurshan, The Barnes; and Sharon Shania, Eastern State Penitentiary, gather at The Barnes for a press event. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia celebrates 100 renovated homes in Mantua

rebuildimg Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has renovated 100 homes in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer featured a story about Delores Clark, the homeowner, and an additional story about the wonderful volunteers who make the work happen.

Adonis Hernandez, 18, (left), and Isaiah George, both of Mercy Vocational School, carry a new water heater into a home. (Michael Wirtz, Philadelphia Inquirer)