Philadelphia City of Murals

Philadelphia City of Murals |  Philadelphia |  If you are visiting Philly, on business or planning to assist the upcoming PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, pay attention to the amazing street collection of mural that are all over the city, as part of the Mural Arts Program by the City of Philadelphia. over 3,000 murals which have become a cherished part of the civic landscape and a great source of inspiration to the millions of residents and visitors who encounter them each year.
The Mural Arts Program, is the largest public art program in the United States, uniting artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Their Palette of Core Values are: Art ignites change. Stories must be told. We beats Me. It ain’t about the Paint. Make promises and keep them. Take turns. Think deeply, Create fearlessly. Expect Permission / Ask Forgiveness. The Biggest risk may not be taking it. Art is an economic Engine. Yo this is Fun.
The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, an effort spearheaded by then Mayor Wilson Goode to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers and to redirect their energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting. From the beginning, Golden witnessed how mural-making changed lives and how the murals themselves began to mend the aesthetic fabric of the city.
The mural-making process gives neighborhood residents a voice to tell their individual and collective stories, a way to pass on culture and tradition, and a vehicle to develop and empower local leaders. Example of this is the Pride and Progress Mural by Ann Northrup, located just around the corner from the LGBT Center of Philadelphia. A 7,500-square-foot mural that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s GLBT community. “Pride and Progress” depicts a composite of 1960s gay civil rights marches in Philadelphia and New York, a festival on cobblestone streets with a multicultural throng and segments of Independence Mall, all under a moody sky with the hint of a rainbow. The Mural is painted on the side of the William Way Gay Community Center.
The Mural Arts Program’s success is in large part due to its faith in three simple words, three words Jane Golden herself uses as a personal and professional mantra: Art Saves Lives. It is with this conviction that the organization looks forward to continually enhancing its programs and embarking on special initiatives that will continue to challenge and inspire the many individuals whose lives are touched by Philadelphia’s murals. To lear more about Mural Arts Program and support their cause, visit

This is just another great reason and excuse to visit Philadelphia and PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts to take place at the Kimmel Center of the performing arts (April 7th. till May 1st., 2011). Art is made up of moments. Moments of inspiration. Power. Emotion. Grace. Passion. These moments collided in Paris in 1911 and changed the path of art and conventional creativity. There will be another spectacular convergence exactly 100 years later… For more information visit the official website at

Kimmel Center for the performing Arts

Kimmel Center for the performing Arts |  Philadelphia |  During my last visit to Philadelphia, I saved some time to check the fantastic Kimmel Center for the performing arts, which will be the hosting venue for PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Kimmel Center Inc.’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The building and main entrance is on Broad Street only a few blocks away from the Philadelphia’s City Hall.
Internationally-acclaimed experts in their respective fields, architect Rafael Viñoly, acoustician Russell Johnson of ARTEC Consultants Inc., and Richard Pilbrow of Theatre Projects Consultants, have assembled a dynamic team to create The Kimmel Center. The Center includes these two buildings – Verizon Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Perelman Theater, home of the chamber music, dance and drama, and Commonwealth Plaza, which are entirely enclosed by a surrounding structure of glass, steel and brick, so that the irregular spaces between and around them become a kind of indoor plaza, top-lit by day through an immense, glass-and-steel barrel vault roof.
All last minute details are being taken care by PIFA organizer and Kimmel Center, since in just less than 12 days will be the open ceremony (APRIL 7th.). Probe of this is the transformation of the Kimmel Center Plaza as an 81-foot light-bulb-filled Eiffel Tower reaches for the sky as trains and planes zoom overhead. Every day there will be French wine tastings, French lessons and French food. Followed by free nightly performances, a full service bar and lots more to keep your PIFA energy alive. CM

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The Independent Hotel Philadelphia

The Independent Hotel Philadelphia |  Philadelphia |  A boutique hotel for the independently minded. A great small and intimate boutique hotel very conveniently and strategically located right of South 13th. Street in the heart of what they call here in Philly, the Gayborhood. A fine boutique hotel for the discerning few, for those that define individuality. The Independent is a 24-room boutique hotel located in a fully restored Georgian-Revival building located at 1234 Locust Street in the vibrant Midtown Village area of Center City, Philadelphia. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Independent received an extensive renovation before opening its doors to discerning tourists and business travelers in June 2008. The hotel comes alive with style, comfort and personality. Designed by Robert Moskowitz of Rittenhouse Interior Design Group, The Independent has an air of sophistication in a world of refined details where every item was carefully chosen to capture the city’s historical roots.
Guests are greeted by the 4-story hotel lobby and lounge, which is accented by a crystal chandelier. The feature wall of the hotel displays a 30-foot hand painted work of art by local muralist, Kim Senior. The color palette of the lobby is rich and soothing, reminiscent of Historic Philadelphia.
Spacious rooms with décor that invites you to unwind and relax offer a surprise at every booking. Bathrooms are spacious and luxurious, fitted with tin ceiling tiles. Some rooms have fireplaces; others exposed brick walls, cathedral ceilings, French windows, or loft bedrooms. This elegant setting acts as a backdrop for textural and seductive fabrics and furnishings, designed to complement the dramatic architecture. (Video below is my room KING Deluxe )

All rooms offer Complimentary Light Fare Breakfast daily, Wine Reception Monday – Thursdays, WiFi Connection, Business Center. Amenities by Gilchrist & Soames. Full Kitchenettes, HD TVs and iPod Docking Stations.

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The Independent Hotel Philadelphia, is the perfect option to stay for PIFA 2011 – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2011. (April 7th. to May 1st., 2011) to be hosted at the Kimmel Center. PIFA is all about artistic expressions from across the region and around the world. And the world will be invited to join them in a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity. Art is made up of moments. Moments of inspiration. Power. Emotion. Grace. Passion. These moments collided in Paris in 1911 and changed the path of art and conventional creativity. There will be another spectacular convergence exactly 100 years later.

Philadelphia here I come

Philadelphia here I come | Philadelphia | Hey Philadelphia here I come. Invited by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. and PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, I will be visiting the city from tomorrow Monday 7th. February till Thursday. So stay tuned for my blog posts. During this visit I will be reviewing Amtrak Trains, SOFITEL Hotel, The Independent Hotel, LOEWS Hotel. Also I have been granted a VIP Philadelphia Pass meaning I will have full access to all the Museums and Attractions of the city. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from the city of New York… With Love Philadelphia XOXO. !

(*) Special Thanks to Jeff Guaracino and Bruce Yelk from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. for making this trip possible.

(**) For those interested on learning more about PIFA, please check my previous post on this HERE.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts | Une Petit Soiree in New York City Previewing what will come soon to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (April 7th. – May 1st.). Tonight we enjoy a very nice evening by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts organization, for the presentation of the upcoming month of the Arts to take place at this fantastic city. A festival to celebrate the quality, breadth and diversity of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural resources. The promoters say they will have something for everyone, and they mean it: LGBT Artists, Happening and More will perform and expose during this non-stop month of art.

Philadelphia continues its longstanding love affair with all things French, and this year goes over the top with too main events both themed around Paris. The Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 6 – 13h) and the first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (April 7th – May 1st).

Join the Moment. Over 135 Events, 1500 Artists, One Festival. Join for a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity. Featuring events, performances and creative experiences form Philadelphia and around the world. A convergence of art, ideas and inspiration that hasn’t been seen since a century ago in Paris.  The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Grounded Aerial, Les Nubians, Sharp Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Campagnie Trans Expresse, Questlove among many other will gather during this 25 days of celebration to Art. LGBT representation by Fete du Soir, Raving Beauty, A Lyric Opera Made by Two and PIFA Leadership.

One hundred years ago, artists from around the globe converged on Paris and changed how we make and experience art. In 2011 Philadelphia will celebrate that incredible era with a festival created and presented by the region’s outstanding artists and institutions, often in collaboration with artists from France and other countries. (Video above is just a modest presentation of the performance the Grounded Aerial will do during the festival).
The Kimmel Center lobby will undergo a Parisian transformation for this occasion, featuring an 85 ft. replica of the Eiffel Tower, a Bistro Cafe, and nightly live performances. Plus, a colorful street fair will fill six blocks of the Avenue of the Arts with music, crafts, food and a stunning finale featuring 18 performers suspended from an exquisite musical chandelier, high above the crowd.
Meryl Levitz – President & CEO Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, took a moment to introduced us to all the wonders that Philadelphia has to offer as a destination for any and every type of traveller. I will check this personally soon, since I will be coming to Philly to review Hotels and Restaurants previous to the festival to share with you all and give you the inside scoop on where to stay, where to eat and what to do when coming for the festival. So stay tuned. !!!!

(*) The perfect Weekend Gateway to enjoy art, gastronomy and many more things that are awaiting for you in Philadelphia. For further information on Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, purchase of Tickets and Package bookings including Train+Hotel+Festival, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at (646) 460-6045. Carlos
Now, as most of you that already know me or follow my blog might know by now, I was not going to hold back and avoid the center of attention. So I decided to try the Aerial Classes by Grounded Aerial, and show everyone in the room my former passion for gymnastics. Sorry but I could not help it.

You know you have to do what you have to do in this world to promote yourself and get your message through, or at least that is what I thought. It is amazing what two, …. ok ok three glasses of red wine do to your body and inhibitions. CM