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    Celebrate Art At Events In Philadelphia

    Philly is known as the “City of Murals” and they're going mural-crazy throughout October when the Mural Arts Program paints the entire month with dedications, tours, public painting days and special exhibitions. One of the exciting events is when they unveil of The Roots Mural Project. This project celebrates the achievements of the internationally revered Philadelphia-based hip-hop band The Roots. The mural will adorn a wall of the World Communications Charter School on South Broad Streets and will be feted with an outdoor celebration later in the month. Other highlights include the dedication of Philly Painting, which includes four streets of color block-painted buildings undertaken by Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, also known as Haas & Hahn, and the introduction of Peace Is A Haiku Song, a collection of haikus submitted by members of the public scattered throughout the city that culminate in a full-size mural honoring poet Sonia Sanchez on South Broad Street. The wonderful thing for travelers visiting the city is you can see these Murals throughout the year when you visit!

    Philadelphia offers many exciting events to join, and this Fall you can join festivities that honor the arts and films. Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the Association for Public Art lights the with artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s towering just-for-Philadelphia visual extravaganza. This event combines public art with interactive mobile technology. From 8:00-11:00 p.m., you can use a free mobile app that employs voice signals and GPS positioning to morph 24 robotic searchlights into light sculptures viewable from up to 10 miles away. If you do not have a mobile phone you can borrow cell phones from the project information center at Eakins Oval, located at 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. To learn more about this event and upcoming events call (215) 546-7550.

    Over several consecutive weekends in October over 20 different city neighborhoods in Philadelphia will open their studios to the public for free self-guided tours and meet-and-greets. Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and The Center For Emerging Visual Artists have encouraged artists to participate in the region’s most extensive open house that offers opportunities for travelers and locals alike to spectators to go behind-the-scenes in their studios. This is a great chance to meet the artists and gain a appreciation of the daily lives of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, furniture designers, jewelry makers, potters and glass artisans as they practice their craft.

    Building a Masterpiece: Frank Furness’ Factory for Art: In conjunction with noted scholar and architectural historian George Thomas, and as a part of a city-wide event memorializing the 100th anniversary of Frank Furness’ death, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will display 32 architectural drawings of the Furness-designed Historic Landmark Building. These rare, and in some cases, never-before-seen drawings document the evolution of this storied building. Related material documenting the life of the building dating back to 1876 will also be on view.

    The 7,000-square-foot Ice Box Project Space at the Crane Arts Building fills with children and parents when InLiquid, Crane Arts and ArtsRising hosts their annual community festival to raise awareness for art and environmental education and to celebrate the organizations that sustain the community’s artistic expression. The free fest brings together several dozen groups to stage interactive and family-friendly creative activities that introduce participants to art, design and sustainability. Weather permitting, outdoor activities will double the space devoted to CAFé.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    Call (215) 685-0750 or visit www.muralarts.org to learn more about the Philly Mural Arts Program.

    Learn more about the Association for Public Art and Open Air events by visiting www.openairphilly.net.

    For detail on current exhibits, events, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts call (215) 972-2031, or visit www.pafa.org.

    To learn more about the Check In to a Masterpiece and With Art Philadelphia programs, upcoming events, and other contest in the works visit www.visitphilly.com/withart.

    Photo Credits: K. Ciappa / Philly CVB