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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


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)

Mural Arts artist Ben Volta featured as a “Philly Original” in “National Geographic Traveler”

Check out this drop-dead gorgeous photograph of Mural Arts Program artist Ben Volta by Catherine Karnow and great short piece by Lauren McCutcheon in the upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler. I love that Ben’s work integrating art into a math and science curriculum is being highlighted. Not to mention a GORGEOUS mural! Read the piece here.


Photograph by Catherine Karnow

28th AIDS Walk Philly and CBS3


The wonderful Syma Chowdhry from CBS3 spent all morning at the 28th Annual AIDS Walk/Run Philly 5K, and filed this terrific report. Thanks for all the support!

Fox News National features two-part series on Mural Arts Program

video imageReporter Kelly Wright visited the journey2home project at the Mural Arts Program and created a two-part series for national Fox News. View Part One here (which aired on September 6), and Part Two here (which aired on September 13).