• Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     

I recently had the opportunity to take a mini version of the Philadelphia Mural Arts program walking tour. Did you know, Philadelphia is home to the world’s largest outdoor mural collection? As a native to the city/area I didn’t; there are 3,800 of them! We saw about 10 on our abbreviated tour—all different, all with a very unique story behind them.

From a child’s mural allowing kids to express their creativity, to the one honoring Philadelphia native and former executive director of city planning, Edmund Bacon (yes, Kevin Bacon’s dad!). From one honoring Philadelphia’s long history of music and arts, to one helping and working with the homeless. I learned that the Eagles help paint them and that all citizens can too, plus so much more! Many are in parking lots because they offer such great space and views, but the parking lots must be emptied while painting and the mural arts program needs to pay the lots for lost revenue. In addition to expenses like these, the cost of the paint is extraordinary due to the special paint needed to keep them vibrant and weather resistant as long as possible.

The largest mural can be seen at Philadelphia Airport. It’s a fascinating tour that gives you great insight into Philadelphia’s robust history, arts and social causes. There are two different methods used to create these fascinating murals, but I’ll leave that out to entice you to sign up for the tours. You can choose from a walking or trolley tour and in different sections of the city. They offer self-guided ones, but I highly recommend a tour guide as they are well versed and give great sidebars into the murals themselves. If your next meeting or event needs an activity for your group, give the Philadelphia Mural Arts program a go—you or your attendees won’t be disappointed! 

This creation is one of the distillery’s most requested drinks and perfectly refreshing in the summertime.

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
— .25 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
— .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
— .75 oz. Penn’s Woods Syrup*

*Combine 40g fresh dill, 20g fresh basil and 10g dried coriander into one quart of simple syrup. Blend mixture, strain, and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

 

PCMA’s flagship event, Convening Leaders, brought industry professionals from 36 countries to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. “We built this conference around the theme Disrupt + Deliver because that’s what the industry needs and wants,’’ says PCMA President and CEO Sherriff Karamat. “We leave here with a greater commitment and better understanding of how business events can and must drive economic and social progress.’’

 

These properties are contemporary, quirky and rich in local flavor.