Families Belong Together

By Mural Arts Philadelphia

 In neighborhoods across Philadelphia, families and individuals are feeling the

immediate and lasting effects of harsh

immigration laws. Inspired by recent

national events, Chilean artist Ian Pierce

(also known as Artes Ekeko) created a

mural that explores Philadelphia’s

identity as a sanctuary city, working

together with local artist Cesar Viveros

on this bright, textured design. The

mural features a family making their way

to a new home, just like the Fairhill

neighborhood where it is located, in

homage to Fairhill’s predominantly

Hispanic and Latinx community. The

immigrants who are a large part of the

fabric of Philadelphia deserve to feel at

home, to be valued and respected, and

that starts with representation.

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Our core program areas—Art EducationCommunity MuralsEnvironmental JusticePorch Light, and Restorative Justice—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

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