Al Aqsa Islamic Society invites Philadelphia to paint a mural

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    Community members help fill in the decorative elements of what will become the 'Windows of Peace' part of the mural. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    Community members help fill in the decorative elements of what will become the 'Windows of Peace' part of the mural. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    In this ZIP postcard, producer Alex Lewis visits Al Aqsa for a joyous, interfaith event — the communal creation of a new mural.

    The Al Aqsa Islamic Society in Kensington, in partnership with Mural Arts and ArtWell, hosted the first of two community paint days on Jan. 9. Back in December, Al Aqsa was desecrated when a pig’s head was thrown on the sidewalk outside the building. 

    In this ZIP postcard, producer Alex Lewis visits Al Aqsa for a joyous, interfaith event: the communal creation of a new mural. 

    “It’s about community,” says Mural Arts’ Parris Stancell. “It’s about peace. It’s about inspiring people.”

    The Al Aqsa Islamic Society hosts its second community paint day Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. More information here.  

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