On the eve of the release of The Root’s latest album, undun, comes news of another honor for the Philadelphia Hip Hop band. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced that it will honor the The Roots with an 8-month long mural project. There project will also include programs to benefit children’s arts throughout the city. Visit 215mag.com to see the photos from the Press conference of the announcement which had Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Jane Golden (Director of The Mural Arts Program), and Joette Adams (Board Chair of the South St Headhouse District) in attendance.
The Roots Mural Project will include an outdoor mural located in the South Street Headhouse District, in addition to an interactive, multi-media website and on-site programming. One of the most exciting components of the project is an education program called “The Roots 101,” created for students in the Mural Arts Program’s Art Education program. Instructors will incorporate videos, music lyrics, imagery, and other elements into a curriculum that will engage students, help them understand The Roots’ history and impact on hip hop music and beyond, and build their artistic tool chest. The course will include speakers such as Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, and other special guests. Accompanying The Roots 101 course will be an online lesson guide and video series following the “making of” the mural. Another aspect of the project is a pop-up art studio along South Street for artist workshops and public engagement opportunities.
Members of The Roots will take an active role throughout the development of the project. From participating in Roots 101 and painting with the public at Community Paint Days, the band will be present and involved throughout the eight months, including design review and the final dedication of the mural.