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Students at the Science Leadership Academy Wheatpaste a Mural on 22nd Street!!

February 29, 2012

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(Photos by SLA sophomores Helen Kilmartin and Isabela Aznar)

Oh my god, I’m in love with this soooooo much!!

Inspired by the Inside Out Project, which was founded by street artist, teachers and students at the Science Leadership Academy collaborated last week to put together a street art project on the JFK bridge walls of 22nd street, between the school and neighboring grocery store, Trader Joe’s.

According to SLA’s blog:

The concept of the project is to tell a story of SLA’s culture thorough black and white portraits. The mural is made up of many pictures of students from SLA making very expressive faces, along with quotes from Mr. Block’s language identity unit.

The pictures were taken at a very close range, which is meant to give the viewer a feeling of invasion, that they are entering the subject’s perspective of the world, or see them in a new light.

“It was an experience,” Sophomore Dejah Harley stated. “Putting it up made me realize that every one’s different, and people have their own ways of thinking and their own personalities.”

Seriously, more Philly schools should do stuff like this around their neighborhoods. It’s so easy, but the impact is soooooooooo great. On both the kids and teachers, and the city.

SLA even found getting permission to put the mural up was much easier than they thought, requiring only a quick call to PennDOT.

LOOOVE this!!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank permalink
    February 29, 2012 11:33 am

    Wow, It’s great, but why is Philly so far behind on trends….it’s hard to believe we are near New York, rather then in some backwards town in the south….Philly Catch up with the rest of the art world!!!

  2. February 29, 2012 11:46 am

    Frank,

    It is amazing and it is linked to JR inside out Project, Philly is getting there, people like you and Conrad and of course LSA are getting us there…

    Fabio

    http://www.insideoutproject.net/#@section=about

  3. PaperCut permalink
    February 29, 2012 12:44 pm

    this is rad.

  4. mariee permalink
    February 29, 2012 10:31 pm

    Actually this is not the first school to have done it in Philly! Kensington Culinary High School did one last school year at the end of the year http://youtu.be/Xy67_iY7tPo

  5. Lucía permalink
    March 3, 2012 12:12 am

    HEY, CAMILA, GREAT JOB!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR CLASS.
    THERE IS NO NEED OF WORDS. PICTURES ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH.
    WITH LOVE
    TIA LUCY

  6. Steve permalink
    March 5, 2012 4:09 pm

    This is the kind of work JR has been doing for a while. Just like some of his work misses a social point–I miss the social point of this.

  7. mariee permalink
    March 7, 2012 9:13 pm

    It’s about identity and making the unseen visible and the gives the voiceless voice. Teens are often cast in a negative light, and this kind of project let’s them show themselves how they’d like to be seen.

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