“This is the coolest car!” exclaimed a 10-year-old girl as she walked up to the Honda Fit “Pocus” car wrapped in Benjamin Volta’s We Are All Neurons. The girl proceeded to pose for numerous pictures with the car for her mother and besieged Volta with a number of questions between smiles.
At the September meeting of the Mural Arts Advocates and after six years as Board Chair, I passed the gavel to my able successor, David Pudlin. While good nonprofit governance requires an orderly succession plan and new leaders with new ideas, I exit reluctantly because I have loved being Chair of this incredible organization. Yes, it was hard work – early morning meetings; major crises and creative solutions; financial roadblocks; and always balancing the artistic big-vision agenda with the pragmatic and obtainable.
Reporter Kelly Wright of the Fox News Channel recently profiled the Mural Arts Program and our journey2home project in West Philadelphia as part of his Beyond the Dream series for the America's News Headquarters program.
The 2-part series has drawn national attention to issues of housing insecurity and its impact on young people in Philadelphia. Watch the series in the videos below...