Mural Arts plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2009
To mark the occasion the organization begins developing a Citywide Mural Project, which it describes as “one of its most ambitious initiatives to date.”
Mural Arts begins building partners and sponsors for the Citywide project
Leadership Philadelphia, an early partner, planned to mark its 50th anniversary in 2009 by working with local public media station WHYY on a radio series called “This I Believe.” Building on this connection, organizers named the Citywide Mural Project “This We Believe.”
At first, organizers called the Citywide project “City of Believers.” Planning documents show that they changed the name to “This We Believe” in order to be “more inclusive” and “forward thinking.”
Citywide Mural Project launches
Mural Arts issues a Request for Qualifications that invites applications from teams of artists who want to participate in the project.
Review the RFQ
Mural Arts announces two teams of artists selected for This We Believe
Team One: Eric Okdeh, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Kien Nguyen
Team Two: David Guinn, Phillip Adams, Damon Reaves
Community forums, led in collaboration with the Penn Center for Civic Engagement, ask people across the city to share their stories of life in Philadelphia
Community Forum – South. Tuesday, February 24, 2009.
Church of Philadelphia. 17th and Snyder Streets.
Community Forum – Northeast. Wednesday, February 25, 2009.
John Perzel Community Center. 2990 St. Vincent St.
Community Forum – Center City. February 26, 2009.
WHYY. Independence Mall West, 150 N. 6th St.
Community Forum – West. Tuesday, March 3, 2009
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Rosenberger Hall. 600 South 43rd St.
Community Forum – Southwest. Tuesday, March 10, 2009.
Meyers Recreation Center. 5800 Chester Ave.
Community Forum – Northwest. Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
St. Martin’s Church. 8000 St. Martin’s Lane.
Community Forum – North. Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Project H.O.M.E. Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs. 1936 Judson St.
Artists Develop Preliminary Mural Designs
Their images build on ideas from the community forums as well as additional research, conversations, and site visits. Mural Arts team members provide feedback during design review meetings.
Preliminary design. Team 1: Eric Okdeh, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Kien Nguyen (2009).
Preliminary design. Team 2: David Guinn, Phillip Adams, Damon Reaves (2009).
Philadelphians voted for the mural design that they wanted to be produced. People could cast a ballot in person at their local library or online.
Winning Team Announced
Based on a tally of more than 4,500 votes, Philadelphians chose Team 1’s mural to be fabricated.
Over the summer Mural Arts invited Philadelphians to participate in physically making the mural.
Sunday, June 21, 2009: Paint Day – Northwest. Allens Lane Art Center. 601 W. Allens Lane. 10am-1pm.
This We Believe Celebration and Dedication
This We Believe was unveiled and dedicated at 30th Street Station, a transit hub that serves Amtrak passengers as well as local and regional travelers. It remained on display there until October 11, 2009.
This We Believe Moves to The Gallery
After appearing at 30th Street Station, This We Believe is reinstalled at The Gallery, an indoor shopping mall connected to a different train station in Center City.
This We Believe at Wall Ball
This We Believe is the striking backdrop at Wall Ball, Mural Arts’ annual celebration.