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Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Wall Ball Fundraiser Celebrates 40 Years of Roots & Reimagination

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mural Arts Philadelphia 40th Anniversary

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Wall Ball Fundraiser Celebrates 40 Years of Roots & Reimagination

Nation’s Largest Public Art Program will honor The Root’s Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Senator Vincent Hughes, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Estelle Richman and Amber Art & Design

WHAT: Mural Arts Philadelphia (“Mural Arts”) will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with the return of its signature fundraiser, Wall Ball. Presented by Citizens, the fundraiser will take on Mural Arts’ year-long theme – Roots & Reimagination – to honor the past and present that have helped make the organization the nation’s largest public art program, and transform the city of Philadelphia into the “Mural Capital of the World.” During the celebration, Mural Arts will honor the following individuals who have made a lasting impact on art and culture in Philadelphia:

  • The Roots’ Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter – 2024 Visionary Artists Award Recipient
  • Amber Art & Design – 2024 Visionary Artists Award Recipient
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes
  • Emmy-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Estelle Richman, Executive Director of the Civic Coalition to Save Lives

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy live mural making, creative food and decor by Catering By Design, and music by DJ Skeme in a free-flowing and mingling centric atmosphere. The event will be emceed by Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Other entertainment throughout the evening includes: R&B/Funk/Soul sounds of Ryan Gilfillian and Friends, music by Kyon Williams, a hip-hop performance by TAMEARTZ, the West Powelton Drumline, and live painting by mural artists Akira Gordon, Priscilla Bell, and Cody Stuhltrager, and spray artists Distort and Calo Rosa.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.muralarts.org/events/wallball2024/.

WHEN:        Friday, May 3, 2024

                        6:30 – 10:30 pm

6:30  | VIP Entrance 

7:15   | Program

Awards presented to honorees: Amber Art & Design, Senator Hughes,  Sheryl Lee Ralph, Estelle Richman

**Note, Sheryl Lee Ralph will accept her award via video

8:00 pm |  General Entrance


8:45  pm | Music by Ryan Gilfillian and Friends 

9:00 pm | The Roots’ Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter Arrival 

9:30 pm | Presentation of 2024 Visionary Artists Award & 

     West Powelton Drumline

**Media interviews with Mural Arts and honorees to be conducted in advance of Wall Ball due to timing constraints **

 WHERE:     2300 Arena

2300 S. Swanson Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19148

About Mural Arts Philadelphia 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary with the theme Roots & Reimagination, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating over 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to mutual understanding through projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public arts preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, earning Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “Mural Capital of the World.” For more information, call 215-685-0750 or visit muralarts.org.


May 3
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm