Painting a Healthy City
by Josh Spielman
Despite the foreboding weather, last Saturday, May 11, marked a successful kickoff to our 2nd Annual Painting a Healthy City event, a collaboration between the Mural Arts Program and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Painting a Healthy City celebrates the intersection of public art, public health, and agriculture.
Philadelphia is full of ghost signs, many of them on businesses that are still open. We recently teamed up with Temple's Tyler School of Art to restore a sign at Henssler Locksmith just south of 13th and Girard. The restoration itself was the work of artist Nathaniel Lee.
Our bi-annual newsletter is a labor of love at Mural Arts headquarters. Pretty much everyone pitches in with stories, interviews, photos and revisions. This issue features artists Miriam Singer & Shira Walinsky and their Southeast by Southeast project. Also included is an interview with Yis "NoseGo" Goodwin, updates on What We Sow and a much, much more.