Pennsylvania-born graffiti and visual artist, social activist and cultural icon Keith Haring was a prolific artist, first known for his ubiquitous New York “subway drawings” in the early 1980s, and later creating more than 50 public art pieces between 1982 and 1989 in dozens of cities around the world.
In Philadelphia, Haring collaborated with CityKids of New York and the Brandywine Workshop to create the incredible mural We The Youth at 22nd and Ellsworth streets in 1987. With its use of bright primary colors and the quintessential Haring image of the running man, the mural absolutely embodies the artist’s significant body of work and his philosophy of making art accessible to all.
After falling into disrepair in recent years, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program was tapped in 2012 to restore and maintain We The Youth by the Haring Foundation, thus preserving Haring’s only collaborative public mural to remain intact on its original site.
Now, the painstaking many-month restoration by a team of artists led by Kim Alsbrooks is complete, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with Neighborhood Gardens Trust and Composite Inc. have transformed the adjacent garden, too.
This Saturday, November 2, join Mural Arts’ executive director Jane Golden, restorer Kim Alsbrooks and the whole Point Breeze neighborhood for an afternoon-long shindig, which is also the concluding event of Mural Arts Month and part of an ongoing series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mural Arts Program throughout the next year.
From 1 to 3 p.m., come to groove to tunes from DJ King Britt, snag eats from such Philly food trucks as Pitruco Pizza, Chewy’s, The Dapper Dog and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and cupcakes by Pamcakes.
Plus, check out a performance by The CityKids Foundation and bring the wee ones for family-friendly activities.
The celebration is free and open to the public, but folks can RSVP here.
Join in this festive celebration of an amazing piece of public art.
We The Youth Rededication Celebration
When: Saturday, November 2, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 22nd and Ellsworth streets
More info: www.muralarts.org