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Mural Arts Opens Storefront to Support Refugees in Transition

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Sep 11, 2017

Mural Arts Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) has recently announced a new addition to the Porch Light Program, a collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services. The program, which is also organized in partnership with the Sudanese American Community of Greater Philadelphia, will use a storefront in Northeast Philadelphia to offer free arts, education, and wellness programming to refugee communities in transition.

According to program administrators, the primary focus will be on “uniting individuals of Iraqi, Syrian, and Sudanese descent through their shared experiences of immigration, language, religion, and neighborhood concerns.” The northeast hub follows the opening of a Porch Light storefront in the Kensington area of South Philadelphia.

You can learn more about the program, including details on the Northeast hub opening reception, here.

About Mural Arts Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts began in 1984 as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network’s effort to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. Since then, the organization has grown to become one of the largest public arts initiatives of its kind, producing more than 3,500 murals and providing critical art education and workforce development opportunities through its Community Murals, Art Education and Restorative Justice programs. As a hybrid of city agency and nonprofit organization, Mural Arts stands as a national and international model for arts organizations, with a 27-year track record of leveraging the community-based process of public art to catalyze true social progress and positive change within Philadelphia’s communities.

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