Northeast Times

Frankford artist is seeking inspiration

Cesar Viver­os, the artist who will cre­ate a series of mur­als for the Frank­ford busi­ness cor­ridor, wants to hear res­id­ents’ stor­ies about the neigh­bor­hood next Tues­day from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, 4900 Griscom St.

These per­son­al nar­rat­ives will be video­taped and put on­line as well as be­come im­port­ant in­spir­a­tions for Viver­os’ cre­ations for the city’s Mur­al Arts Pro­gram.

This will be the second ses­sion. The first was held at the CDC on Nov. 5.

It’s easy to par­ti­cip­ate. Con­tact Ne­tanel Por­ti­er, pro­ject man­ager, at 215-685-0725 or at ne­tanel@mur­alarts.org. Or, if it’s con­veni­ent, just stop by the CDC from 2 to 6 p.m. Tues­day.

These one-on-one ses­sions with Viver­os are a con­tinu­ation of the pro­cess Mur­al Arts uses in cre­at­ing long-last­ing and vis­ible art.

Two group ses­sions were con­duc­ted last month at Denby’s Sweet Sen­sa­tions on Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

Res­id­ents who gathered at the first, on Oct. 5, sug­ges­ted in­cor­por­at­ing im­ages of the neigh­bor­hood his­tory, green space, eth­nic and re­li­gious di­versity, tal­en­ted res­id­ents and ar­chi­tec­ture in­to the Viver­os’ Ima­gin­ing Frank­ford mur­als.

After gath­er­ing more in­form­a­tion, Viver­os will be­gin put­ting to­geth­er his designs, which are ex­pec­ted to be ready for pro­gram ap­prov­al in Janu­ary. Work will be­gin soon after that. In­stall­a­tion, which de­pends on the weath­er, could be­gin next spring.

The mur­als will be on Frank­ford Av­en­ue or just off the av­en­ue; some will be vis­ible from the El.

Por­ti­er has said that Viver­os will try to get a stu­dio in Frank­ford in which to do his work. She said there will be “com­munity paint days” and “stu­dio days” dur­ing which res­id­ents can take part in the mur­als’ cre­ation.

The mur­als will vary in size but will be “a co­hes­ive series of pub­lic art­works,” she said.

For more in­form­a­tion on mur­al arts, call 215-685-0750 or vis­it www.mur­alarts.org ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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