A dedication ceremony on the morning of August 23rd celebrated the hard work culminating in the successful completion of both interior and exterior artwork at the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) building on Rising Sun Avenue. Betsy Casañas, who is an avid painter, teacher, poet, singer, and well-respected artist with the Mural Arts Program, worked alongside some determined individuals at APM, which is a Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit organization that assists families in Philadelphia in achieving their full potential. Remarks at the event were made by Nilda Ruiz (President and CEO, APM), Dr. Cheryl Pope (Deputy VP of Human Services, APM), Jane Golden (Executive Director, Mural Arts), Betsy Casañas, and Adolfo Gonzalez (Director of Behavioral Health and Quality Assurance, APM.) Attendees also enjoyed entertainment by Papo Gely.
The Porch Light Initiative at Mural Arts is a three-year program designed to improve individual and community health in the 19121, 19132 and 19140 Philadelphia zipcodes. For more information about Porch Light please contact Sara Ansell, Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, please visit apmphila.org
-Mary Kate O'Keefe