PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Mural Arts Project has announced a new, two-year initiative that will focus on workforce development in Philadelphia.

Citizens Bank has donated $200,000 to the project, called “How We Fish,” which reflects the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

The project will include a summit on workforce development, a series of community meetings, and will end with creation of a mural on North 8th Street, near Cherry, that will celebrate work and its history in Philadelphia.

“A project like this is all about what are the issues facing Philadelphia, facing this country,” says Mural Arts director Jane Golden (second from right in photo), “and then we look at it through our particular lens and say what’s our responsibility, let’s use art to its fullest advantage.”

During the announcement, a symbolic fishing net was cast, with participants (including Mayor Nutter, below) attaching their ideas as to why work is important to the individual and the community.

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Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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