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Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner and Mural Arts Philadelphia are excited to announce To the Polls, a pre-election mural exhibition featuring the work of 10 Philadelphia artists in the warehouse space at 448 North 10th Street in Spring Arts. To the Polls aims to excite the electorate, encouraging civic engagement to counter historically low voter turnout for midterm elections.

Curated by’s founder Conrad Benner (aka me), all 10 artists participating in To the Polls have a history of using their work to promote activism, empowerment, and engagement:

Loveis Wise
Wit López
Willis “Nomo” Humphrey
Nilé Livingston
Marisa Velázquez-Rivas
Joe Boruchow
Alloyius Mcilwaine

Each artist has been asked to create an 8×8-foot temporary mural that rallies the Philadelphia community around civic participation through the act of voting. The exhibition will be on view from September 26, 2018 through October 3, 2018, with viewing hours and on-site voter registration from 12-5pm with the exception of September 29. Two public events will activate the exhibition space:

Wednesday, September 26, 5–8pm
To the Polls Exhibition Opening, FREE
Find the Facebook Event Page here, if you’d like to invite your friends!

Monday, October 1, 6–8pm
To the Polls Artist Panel Discussion with Curator Conrad Benner, FREE
Panelists to be announced.
Find the Facebook Event Page here, if you’d like to invite your friends!

This temporary mural exhibition will create a space for visitors to share inspiring and critical ideas with their friends, family, and loved ones, all through the lens of art. The artists have been encouraged to create artwork that explores the many complex issues affecting Philadelphians today, as well as rallying civic engagement and voter participation more generally.

To the Polls will investigate whether art can effectively illustrate the stakes of national issues, and remind people of the power of collective action. The exhibition opens two weeks before voter registration closes for the Pennsylvania midterm elections on October 9, and will act to encourage and excite Philadelphians about their capacity to influence the world around them.

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