Artful Gifts in Honor of MLK Day of Service

The Pieces of Peace collaborative quilt mandala sponsored by Community Arts Center.

The Pieces of Peace collaborative quilt mandala sponsored by Community Arts Center.

I am a huge proponent of volunteering so I was pleasantly surprised to read on philly.com that Philadelphia holds the largest Martin Luther King Day of Service in the nation. Many of the activities that took place around our area included community clean ups, renovations of church or community buildings, and packing of food for needy families, but my favorite activities would have to be those that revolved around the arts. Here are a couple artful events that were worked on as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service:

Widener community members joined members of the Chester community at the Yes We Can Achievement and Cultural Center (YWCACC) to create personalized Martin Luther King Jr. Day T-shirts and to participate in the Pieces of Peace Mural Project sponsored by the Community Arts Center of Wallingford. The Pieces of Peace collaborative quilt mandala was created throughout the morning by community members. Fun fact – Martin Luther King Jr. came to Chester in 1948 the same year that the Community Arts Center was founded.

The National Museum of American Jewish History presented a special art activity, “Your Words in Color,” where visitors worked alongside Philadelphia muralists Keir Johnston (coincidentally, he’s the artist that was painting the mural at the Made in America Concert this summer that I met and blogged about) and Ernel Martinez to turn their words into colorful art. The drop-in workshop was created by Fleisher Art Memorial and Amber Art Collective and inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the evolution of freedom.

Know of, or participate in, an artful project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.? Tell us about it.

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