As part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Bryn Mawr College’s “Bold Vision. For Women.For the World,” the College is partnering with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to create a mural in West Philadelphia highlighting advances in the education of women.
“This project allows us to do two important things in connection with our anniversary,” says Bryn Mawr president Jane McAuliffe. “Through our partnership with the City, we’re reaching out and contributing to the Greater Philadelphia community in a meaningful way and we’re creating a testament to the power of women’s education that will last far beyond our year-long celebration.”
One of the signature pieces of the 125th Anniversary Celebration, the mural is planned to adorn the Philadelphia District Health Center at 4400 Haverford Avenue and will be painted by Shira Walinsky with the help of Bryn Mawr students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. Joining the Bryn Mawr community on the project will be members of the surrounding community, including students from nearby Parkway West High School, where Bryn Mawr students serve as classroom assistants to teachers, tutor and mentor individual students, and engage in community-based research projects.
In addition to leading the creation of the mural, Walinsky will join Mural Arts Program Executive Director and 2009 Hepburn Medal recipient Jane Golden to co-teach a course on community mural projects offered by the Growth and Structure of Cities program.
Members of the College community are meeting with Golden and Walinsky in the next week for “concepting sessions.” Painting of the mural is scheduled to begin in the fall. Painting will continue throughout the 125th Anniversary until May 2011, when the mural will be officially unveiled.
As the first U.S. women’s college to offer students the chance to pursue a Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College has had since its founding in 1885 a bold vision for women and for the place they should occupy in the world.