As a prelude to commissioning a new mural at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia hosted a conversation about memorials and the Holocaust between WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane and scholar James Young on May 2, 2023 at Friends Select School. Many thanks to WHYY, the Friends Select School, and Creative Outfit for partnering on this event. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/GLIu4FbZ4FA
What will the mural be about?
Instead of telling interested artists what the artwork should be exactly about, we have created a thoughtful process that welcomes creative ideas from the artists, subject matter experts, and the broader public. We recognize the sensitive and complex nature of the topic and so we have allotted dedicated time for the artist to engage with the stakeholders and conduct independent research. For more information on our project goals, please see the RFQ.
How will the mural complement the Monument and other educational features at the Memorial Plaza?
The Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs is the centerpiece of the Horwitz Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza. As the first monument to Jewish victims in the country, the Monument will remain the focal point of the site. The artwork will create a unique opportunity to build on what already exists and create a new way for people to engage with the space. With its additional visual storytelling, the artwork will also draw visitors into the space. The artwork will provide a backdrop for the Plaza and all of its features.
How do I get involved?
We are glad you want to get involved with the mural project! There are several ways to get involved:
I am an artist- am I eligible to apply?
We are open to hearing from any artist who meets the qualifications outlined in the RFQ.
The application process and requirements are published in our RFQ.
How does the artist and the final design get selected?
The Steering Committee will identify a short list of artists, conduct interviews, and make a recommendation on the final artist to PHRF’s board and MAP.
The artist will be responsible for creating the design. The design process will be informed by stakeholder meetings where the broader community will be able to share their input, as well as any additional research and engagement the artist would like to conduct. The design will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and approved by PHRF’s board, MAP and relevant public agencies. We hope our partners, supporters, and interested members of the public participate in these meetings to have their voices heard.
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