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Marisa Velázquez-Rivas Wheatpastes “Thank You” to Critical Workers in Philly

April 14, 2020

Philly-based street artist Marisa Velázquez-Rivas installed a new wheatpaste yesterday thanking critical workers, often called essential workers, at 9th and Montrose Streets on the Italian Market in South Philly! And given what I’ve been seeing on different local artists Instagram Stories this week, I think we’re going to start seeing more of these thank you artworks over the next few weeks and months.

Ironically, or not, despite the apparent distrust of their fellow Philadelphians on the behalf of too many Philly businesses, there’s a lot of storefronts around town right now that offer these perfect plywood canvases for artists to use! And I suspect by the end of our quarantine all the plywood on these boarded up businesses will have a ton of art on them, including wheatpastes like Marisa’s sending love to those keeping the city functioning right now.

See past works from Marisa Velázquez-Rivas around Philly here, and read our 2018 oral history interview with the artist here!

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