Paint a mural on Parkway to welcome Philly back, urge vaccines

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Ailisha Goodwin-Dancy has worked with Mural Arts since the age of 10 – she is 21 now. She received an email about the project and thought it would be a good idea to bring her family with her.

“For me, painting is my passion, as my specialty is art and design. So art is as if it is where it is. And I think for everyone it was very calming, ”said Goodwin-Dancy, one of the many young people painting for Mural Arts.

Ailisha Goodwin-Dancy with her sisters and cousin (they are not in the order of sisters and cousins) Aaliyah Smith, India Dancy, Stanaya Blackwell. (Kenny Cooper / WHY)

Golden hopes that the immense work of art is not only a source of beauty, but an important statement.

“I think the pandemic and the uprisings have given us a new sense of perspective, and to do our work with more intentionality, thoroughness, honesty and clarity. And I just hope this mural is a beacon of hope, ”Golden said.

City leaders such as Mayor Jim Kenney and Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole rolled up their sleeves to join in the proceedings.

“Obviously the last 15, 16 months have been a real struggle. And that kind of artwork and that kind of community involvement in the artwork really brings people into the new age – into the sunlight, ”Kenney said.

Here is a rendering of what the finished mural will look like. (Kenny Cooper / WHY)

The completed mural will be officially dedicated next Friday, just in time for the July 4th weekend.

But Mural Arts’ effort to get the city vaccinated won’t stop there. The organization also has a partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation which is looking to create 50 small murals in recreation centers across the city that spread the message to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.


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