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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).

Barnes Foundation launches kids’ arts adventure app

The renowned Barnes Foundation launched a new App today, at a press event with students demonstrating the technology to media in attendance. Read Ian Bush’s story for KYW Newsradio, here.

(photo by Ian Bush)

Shepard Fairey creates mural with the Mural Arts Program in Philly

270B4306 copy covered the dedication of a brand new Mural Arts Program mural by celebrated artist Shepard Fairey.

photo by Steve Weinik for the Mural Arts Program

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.