This week, our Civic Media class time was dedicated to going into the city and finding our prospective murals for our midterm assignment.
With this assignment, we are tasked with creating a visual analysis essay, complete with 10 photos of the mural we choose, as well as an infographic relating data about the community. I am looking forward to engaging with a community mural while learning more about the community of Philadelphia as a whole.
The mural that Liv and I will be visiting is located at 13th and Ludlow streets and is titled, “Finding Home.” I love murals and I find it such a blessing to go to school in Philadelphia, known for being the “city of murals.”
Murals have the power and ability to communicate deeper ideas and concepts about the community in which they are placed. For example, last week we discussed the Baltimore Slumlord Project in which community members engaged with leaders to create change and enact a call to action. Specifically, they wished to call attention to the abandoned and run-down buildings that line their streets.
Philadelphia’s murals communicate a range of ideas, many of them pointing to deeper social issues. The mural we will be visiting, “Finding Home,” will focus on the issue of homelessness and housing insecurity, but other murals are centered around restoration, youth, or restorative justice. You can take a look at many of these murals through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Guide.
I look forward to sharing my insights and perspective on this mural! Taking the time to visit these murals and learn more about their background enables us to also engage with the community surrounding them.
I hope that “Finding Home” enables me to learn something more about Philadelphia and the issue of homelessness within the city…
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