A new light art installation — part of Philadelphia wall artsThe Kensington Verse program will be unveiled on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Kensington.
As part of the Kensington-based Poetry Project, the new facility is intended to be a “beacon of strength, hope and healing through poetry in the Kensington community”.
The unveiling of the new art installation will feature the poem “Our Story of Us,” and the poem will be featured via a neon sign, displayed on a rooftop at 2400 Kensington Ave.
During the unveiling, posters featuring several poems will be present. Participants are encouraged to take these posters home and hang them in windows throughout the Philadelphia neighborhood.
These poems have been submitted throughout the year by various writers, some of whom will be present at the unveiling. A collection of these poets will also recite their work.
Over the past year, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta B. Mayson has held poetry workshops with East and West Kensington residents alongside project curator Ryan Strand Greenberg.
The workshops were aimed at elementary school students and others affected by substance use and housing insecurity. Poetry was used in the workshops as a way to reinvent new methods of healing.
Following the unveiling of the art installation, a new website will be launched. The new site will allow community members to submit their own poetry and read the works of others.
During the unveiling, a paper submission station will be present under the art installation.
This year has been extremely impactful for Mural Arts Philadelphia, following a successful Mural Arts Month and many more new mural installations throughout the year. Many of these facilities are in and around the neighborhoods hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and all it has brought.
The efforts of the city’s longstanding and historic public art program will not continue until the new year.
The unveiling of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s latest light art installation will take place at 2400 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.