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Philly’s Mural Arts Program Unveils A “One World” Message

(photo by Karin Phillips)

(photo by Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program celebrates the end of Mural Arts Month with its latest public work of art, outside a school in center city.

The new mural, “One World,” covers a 50′ x 40′ wall that overlooks the new playground at the Independence Charter School, at 16th and Lombard Streets.   It pictures diverse rural markets of the world in a celebration of the diversity and communion of the world’s peoples.

Members of the school’s surrounding community, inmates at a state correctional facility, and artists from Mural Arts Re-entry program helped create the mural.  Tjai Abdullah was one of them:

“Mural Arts is one of the programs that you have a benefit of being in prison, working with them, but when you come out they still care. “

Mural Arts month wraps up on Saturday with a “community paint day” at 44th and Haverford.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio.