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First 100 Days: Artist-created Posters Demanding Action from Biden/Harris

January 24, 2021

So excited to launch First 100 Days today​, a new art project designed to engage the public around policy issues that could be addressed in the new presidential administration!

I’ve created/curated this project with 13 Philly artists and support from Mural Arts Philadelphia because the first 100 days of a new administration are crucial. The first three months set the tone for the next four years and show us where the priorities lie for our new president and vice president. It’s exactly the time that our united voices can work to push change.

Why posters? It’s simple: messages in the public space can work to influence the discussion. That’s why we have commercial outdoor advertising. And in a city as walkable and densely populated as Philly, our home windows can also work as a quasi-public billboard space. I’m sure you’ve also noticed the uptick in folks using their windows to display campaign and protest signs.

#First100Days offers you free artist-created and community-inspired posters to display in your windows for the first 100 days of the Biden/Harris administration to talk about your policy hopes. Each poster highlights a priority that our artists think President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should address during the first three months in office.

Click here to go to our Mural Arts page where you can not only get the free files to download and print any of these 13 posters, but there you’ll also find information on how to stay in contact with your representatives in DC to keep inquiring about action on the issues you care about.

Before you go though, hear from the artists themselves about why they choose their policy issues:

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Street Art Project Raises Bail Money to Free Black Mothers by Mother’s Day

April 26, 2021

Since 2018, the People’s Paper Co-op have collaborated with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund on their annual Mama’s Day Bail Out campaign. Each year they organize exhibitions, parades, press conferences, and events to raise awareness and funds for the project, while sharing the stories, dreams, and demands of formerly incarcerated women with thousands of Philadelphians. In that time, their poster and t-shirt sales have raised over $125,000 to free Black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day. And this year, they’re aiming to raise $90,000!

The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is a women led, women focused, women powered art and advocacy project at The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. The PPC looks to women in reentry as the leading criminal justice experts our society needs to hear from and uses art to amplify their stories, dreams, and visions for a more just and free world.

“Cash bail is the modern-day debtors’ prison,” reads President Biden’s 2020 campaign website. “The cash bail system incarcerates people who are presumed innocent.” Biden and Harris ran on ending cash bail because it keeps people in prison solely for fact that unlike their wealthier counterparts many folks can’t afford their freedom. Ending cash bail is only the just thing to do morally and ethically, it’s a winning policy as well. And a policy change we must hold Biden and Harris accountable to. But right now, there’s women who need your help.

The mural photographed for this post was installed last Friday, April 23 at Ridge Avenue and Spring Garden Street. It’s just one of several installations going up around town right now to promote the 2021 Mama’s Day Bail Out Campaign webstore where you can buy art and tee shirts with 100% of proceeds go directly to the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund to free Black moms and caregivers for Mother’s Day. Please don’t wait y’all, your purchase needs to be made as soon as possible to free folks in time for Mother’s Day. Go buy the artwork now, it only takes a few minutes!

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Camden Launches Exciting Public Art Project to Call Attention to Illegal Dumping

April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day, y’all! This year in celebration of Earth Day there’s an incredible project launching just over the Delaware in Camden, New Jersey that’s bringing artists and public space together to call attention to illegal dumping and its impact on Camden’s community. Called A New View, the six-month-long exhibition features six, one-of-a-kind and family-friendly public art projects designed by nationally recognized artists. And I’m super excited to tell you that Streets Dept is joining the initiative as a media partner to help highlight the project’s goals and artwork! 

A New View features a massive feline designed from repurposed automobiles, a 15-foot-tall steel trash collecting creature, a machine that utilizes mealworms to eat Styrofoam packaging from e-waste, and more. The creations were specifically designed to raise awareness about illegal dumping of bulk waste in Camden, which costs taxpayers over $4 million annually. 

“This project is all about envisioning a future for the city, with art playing a central role in reinforcing Camden as a place for creativity and innovation,” says Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “The sites chosen for the project have long been dumping grounds, literally or figuratively. A New View will transform them and generate interest among community members and visitors to explore different Camden neighborhoods.”

The Project is a partnership between the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, and is funded by a Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge grant.

The six central installations will be augmented by creative works from two New Jersey artists, Tom Marchetty and Erik James Montgomery. Local woodworker, third-generation factory machinery specialist, and owner of The Factory Workers, Tom Marchetty will add to each site’s overall transformation by designing and building “pod parks” (unique seating areas) at each of the sites. Camden-based photographer Erik James Montgomery’s viral photography series, Camden Is Bright Not Blight, will continue to shine a light on illegal dumping. The photo series, originally launched in fall 2020, was displayed on abandoned buildings throughout Camden, keeping much-needed attention on illegal dumping during the pandemic.

A map of the six site locations can be found here. Below you can find out more information about each installation! 

“Invincible Cat” by Don Kennell and Lisa Adler (DKLA Design)

Location: 1489 Pershing St, Camden, NJ 08104

Invincible Cat is a 36 foot long, monumental panther made from repurposed black car hoods. The sculpture has a steel armature that allows elements of the piece to function as sturdy urban furniture. DKLA Design sees this animal as a symbolic protector of the space it occupies. Panthers are rare creatures and hold a mythic place in popular imagination. They are strong and agile, revered and respected. The sculpture embodies these qualities and engages the imagination of its viewers. 

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Center City Wall Gets Egged by Playful New Yarnbomb Installation

April 17, 2021

New yarnbomb installation yesterday by Nicole Nikolich (aka Lace in the Moon) invites you to “take it (over) easy.” Featuring a roughly 6′ by 5′ yarned egg art, the installation can be found now on Walnut Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets in Center City.

On her Instagram, the artist adds: “Before you troll me, yes, I know this is actually a sunny side up egg – but just go with it! I have been having so much fun playing with my [artwork] lately, so I thought I’d try something new. This piece is more 3D than my usual work. The yolk pops off the wall (it’s stuffed with recycled bags.) I’m literally obsessed and excited to continue to play with my medium in new fun ways.”

I love this so damn much, Nicole! I hope you continue playing with your medium like this too, because this brought me so much joy today and I’m sure it’s doing the same for some many more folks just randomly running into it.

See past works of art from Nicole Nikolich around Philly here, and read our 2019 interview with the artist here!

Baltimore Artist Reed Bmore Installs New Work in Philly Also Shaming Minor Figures

April 17, 2021

Today Baltimore-based street artist Reed Bmore came to Philly to join many others in questions the really terrible marketing tactics of oat milk brand Minor Figures, who destroyed a bunch of local art in Philly this week. Reed’s installation lives at 12th Street and Washington Avenue in South Philly. It’s really nice to see neighboring city artists come to our defense too!

See past works of art from Reed Bmore around Philly here, and read our 2020 interview with the artist here!

Kid Hazo Clowns “Woke” Oat Milk Company Minor Figures for Destroying Local Art

April 15, 2021

This morning, Philly’s own street art legend Kid Hazo installed Major Failures, a new wheatpaste calling out the London-based oat milk brand Minor Figures for destroying the work of local street artists and muralists around Philly this past weekend.

Kid Hazo installed at 7th and Bainbridge Streets, one of several locations around Philly that this poorly-thought-out marketing camping tried to co-opt for their advertising. For the wheatpaste, Hazo mocked the oat milk company’s branding, replacing their questionable logo with a clown’s head sporting a crossed out “woke” tattoo above its left eye. Under this clown head Hazo has in text, “Major Failures, Clown M*lk”.

While the kind of “guerilla marketing” that Minor Figures is implementing here in Philly and around the US is not uncommon, this by far is the worst example I’ve ever seen of a brand seeming to not care at all about local art. Minor Figures offered a sort of apology on their Instagram yesterday in which they tried to place the blame on the local company they hired to install their marketing concept. But soon after posting that, more artists from other cities including Los Angeles, Portland, and New York (so far) started commenting that they also destroyed local art where they live. So that excuse seems to not be the full story. From my point of view, this isn’t the fault of anyone they hired in any of the cities affected, this is clearly the result of their terrible marketing strategy at the top.

To get the full story of what Minor Figures did here in Philly, please check out the great reporting this week in both WHYY’s Billy Penn and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

See past artwork from Kid Hazo around Philly here, and read our 2019 interview with the artist here!

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