Citywide Mural Project “This We Believe” / by EricOkdeh

I recently was selected to be a finalist in the "This We Believe" Citywide Mural Project.
This will be a groundbreaking new project that incorporates a series of workshops across the city to gather info for a Mural design all of Philly can get behind.

I put together an artist team of myself, and fellow muralists Michelle Ortiz and Kien Nguyen. Kien and I are currently in collaboration for a mural that will be displayed in Rockefeller center for 2 months this spring (but thats another blog for another time). Our team will be in competition against another group of artists. Once our designs are finished, everyone will get an opportunity to vote online and in person on thier favorite design.

The winning team gets to paint the mural with the involvement of volunteers across the city. The final 35' x 120' mural will be displayed at 30th St. Station, then moved and displayed for a period of time in the Gallery. In the end the mural will eventually be broken up into sections and permanently installed on buildings across Philadelphia.

The workshops begin tomorrow in South Philly. I will attach the email thats been going out, it has all the dates and times. More on this as it develops!

This year is your chance to be part of an historic & uniquely Philadelphia project

In celebration of twenty-five years of art education, mural-making and working in communities, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program invites you to participate in our first city-wide mural project.

Centered around the theme "This We Believe," this initiative will provide the opportunity for you to share what you believe about our city. Facilitated community forums in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia will give audience to your voice, which will in turn direct and inspire two teams of artists who will interpret your vision to create two proposed mural designs. These community-driven designs will be put to a city-wide vote, with the winning mural becoming the canvas for a series of community paint days. The finished mural will be temporarily hung in central locations in Philadelphia, with pieces ultimately being installed all over the city.

Between February and July, there will be opportunities for you to participate in community forums, vote for your favorite mural design, and participate in a paint-day with your family, friends and neighbors.

The Mural Arts Program is partnering with Leadership Philadelphia on this exciting initiative. Over eighty participants from the Leadership Philadelphia Core Class are volunteering on this project and assisting with community organizing and outreach.

Dates and locations for meetings:

Tuesday, February 24
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Church of Philadelphia
17th and Snyder Streets

Wednesday, February 25
6:30 - 8:30 pm
John Perzel Community Center
2990 St. Vincent Street

Thursday, February 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
WHYY Independence Mall West
150 N. 6th Street

Monday, March 2
6:30 - 8:30 pm
St. Martin's Church
8000 St. Martin's Lane

Tuesday, March 3
6:30 - 8:30 pm
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Rosenberger Hall
600 South 43rd Street

Monday, March 9
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Project H.O.M.E.: Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs
1936 Judson Street

Tuesday, March 10
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Meyers Recreation Center
5800 Chester Avenue

Final Culminating Meeting:
(all are invited to attend)
Thursday, March 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Daily News/Inquirer Building
Broad and Callowhill Streets

During this final meeting, representatives from all of the community forums will help present the information from their area of the city. This will be the final meeting before the artists begin their design phase.

Artist Teams:

Team 1: Kien Nguyen, Eric Okdeh & Michelle Ortiz
Team 2: Phillip Adams, David Guinn, & Damon Reaves
To see work by the artists, we invite you to look at our new site

Check here at the end of April/beginning of May for the two designs. You will be invited to vote for your favorite design.

Paint Days
Beginning in June and continuing into the summer, we will be holding paint days for people of all ages to come and join us in painting the winning design!

Dedication and Celebration
The dedication of the mural is planned for September 2009, as part of our 25th Anniversary. More details to follow.

Sponsors and Partners

The Mural Arts Program is very grateful to the following sponsors and partners:

Chris Satullo
Executive Director of News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY
Harris Sokoloff
Director of the Penn Project for Civil Engagement
Daily News

In-kind donations:

Amtrak at 30th Street Station
PREIT & the Gallery at Market East
Make your donation to the Mural Arts Program today!

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