09/14/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2021 07:37
WHAT: Mural Dedication for Brighten the Corners.
Join Mural Arts Philadelphia and Einstein Healthcare Network's Long-Term Structured Residence to dedicate a new mural project from Mural Arts Philadelphia artist James Burns. Brighten the Corner, on two walls in the same parking lot, is inspired by Burns' work with participants at the Residence which provides long-term care to adult patients with chronic mental illness. As part of a two-year-long residency through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Porch Light program, Burns hosted weekly art workshops and opened up conversations with patients and their families. The result is a beautiful representation of the conversations had over art highlighting themes of care. The mural features portraiture of some of Einstein's residents and staff members, along with residents from the street where the mural is located.
Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia
James Burns, Lead Artist, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Joanne Cipriano, PsyD, Director, Einstein Healthcare Network LTSR
Dr. Jean Wright, Deputy Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Birdie Busch, Artist Assistant, Mural Arts Philadelphia
WHEN: Wednesday, September 15, 1 pm
WHERE: 114 W. Queen Lane in the Germantown neighborhood
DETAILS: About the Mural
On a weekly basis, artist James Burns met with the folks at the LTSR and engaged in a series of art activities. Much of the work was made together, and as individuals, fueling design conversations and allowing for an inclusive process. After the first year's project, 'A Collection of Creative Decisions,' Burns chose to focus on care and the growth that happens surrounding that idea and its beauty and joy for the second project, being dedicated on September 15. Symbols of care, such as working together to fill bird feeders, holding an umbrella over someone else, or tending to a garden are depicted throughout the imagery.
The two new walls feature neighbors Helen Lawton (who lived across the street and was known throughout the neighborhood), Ms. Toni Rose, and Kathryn Franklin. Rose and Franklin are long-time advocates for a pocket park in Germantown with 'champion trees' called Howell Park. Also featured are many of the residents and staff at the LTSR. During numerous paint days at Einstein Healthcare Network, everyone had the opportunity to be involved, regardless of skill level or challenges. Says Burns, 'It was less about making the art, and more about making sure we all felt good about the art we were making. Ultimately, we decided together what we wanted to contribute to our community, and the resounding themes were beauty and joy.'
One resident's response, Linda, when pressed with the question, responded, 'I want people to feel happy when they see our mural.'
About the Artist
James Daniel Burns is an artist, educator, and muralist based in Philadelphia. In 1999, James received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University and later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. James has worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the Philadelphia School District as a teacher and has been a visiting artist at the University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. James has exhibited at the State Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia, and has been involved in a number of other noteworthy exhibits in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. For the last ten years, James has been working as an instructor, assistant artist, lead artist, and, most recently, Director of Design Review with Mural Arts Philadelphia. James greatly values the opportunity to collaborate with communities on public art projects that are distinctly an integral part of the Philadelphia cityscape.
Brighten the Corners is funded by The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Stavros Niarchos Foundation and created in partnership with Einstein Healthcare Network LTSR.
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