The 125th Anniversary Steering Committee invites Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff to attend one of two initial mural “concepting sessions” to be held on April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 200 of the Campus Center and on May 3 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Thomas 110.
The sessions will help guide the design of a mural Bryn Mawr is creating in partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program as part of the College’s yearlong 125th Anniversary Celebration, which officially kicks off at Reunion Weekend.
Mural Arts Program Executive Director and 2009 Hepburn Medal recipient Jane Golden and muralist Shira Walinsky will be on hand at the meetings to give background on the process, show examples of past murals, and discuss ideas for Bryn Mawr’s mural. Refreshments and 125th Anniversary cupcakes will be served.
No artistic training or background is necessary to take part in this project.
One of the signature pieces of the 125th Anniversary Celebration, the mural is an effort by the College to contribute to the Greater Philadelphia community through a partnership with the City. As a statement to the power of women’s education, this project will have a long-lasting impact on the West Philadelphia community in which it will be painted.
The mural is planned to adorn the Philadelphia District Health Center at 4400 Haverford Avenue and will be painted by 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.
Additional concepting sessions will be held with alumnae during Reunion Weekend, and the painting of the mural is scheduled to start in the fall. Painting will continue throughout the 125th Anniversary until May 2011, when the mural will be officially unveiled. Additional information and painting dates will be announced when known.
In addition to helping guide the creation of the mural, Golden will join Walinsky to co-teach a course on community mural projects offered by the Growth and Structure of Cities program as part of the “125th Kaleidoscope” in the fall of 2010.
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.
To find out more about the 125th anniversary of Bryn Mawr’s “Bold Vision. For Women. For the World,” go to www.brynmawr.edu/125th.