inescapably affect people who live near the artwork or who pass
by it in their daily journeys. At first, the impact is physically
dramatic. Murals are big and bold; they are unabashedly public.
And then as the mural becomes woven into the fabric of the community,
the effects are more subtle. They serve to provoke thought, to
inspire dreams, to bear witness, and to remind people that they
are part of a larger world."
Jane Golden, Mural Arts Program Director
A new mural
at 45th and Sansom Streets was dedicated on October 11. The mural--Home,
by the artist Euhri Jones--celebrates the diversity of this neighborhood
and is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the playground at the
corner of 45th and Sansom Street.
The mural was
sponsored by: University City District, Sharon and Mark Hershorn
Philanthropic Trust, West Philadelphia Partnership, CDC, Travelers'
Aid Philadelphia, Spruce Hill Community Association, The City of
Philadelphia, The William Penn Foundation, John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Inc., Nathan Cummings Foundation,
and Forrest C. Lattner Foundation.
The UCD's Mural
Initiative partners with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation's
Mural Arts Program (MAP) to bring their experience and skill in
providing high caliber community artwork using nationally recognized
mural artists. The results highlight the cultural, historical, and
social diversity of University City.
For over a decade,
Philadelphia's mural program has created community landmarks in
neighborhoods throughout the City. The UCD has partnered with MAP
and corporate sponsors to create three murals with a fourth underway
October 24, 2000).
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 8, October 16, 2001
October 16, 2001
Volume 48 Number8