Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Unveil East Kensington-Fishtown Community Mural

–Project concludes with a dedication ceremony before the kickoff of
the 2016 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture
Derby and Arts Festival–

Federal Credit Union
(PFCU) and the City
of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
(Mural Arts) announce the
completion of a new mural at the corner of East Dauphin Street and
Frankford Avenue in the East Kensington-Fishtown section of
Philadelphia. Project stakeholders, including some of the more than
2,000 community members who participated in the mural-making process,
will gather for a dedication ceremony to commemorate the completion of
the mural before the official kickoff of the Philadelphia
Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

on May 21 at 11 a.m.

“Since PFCU opened a branch on East Dauphin Street over three years ago,
we’ve sought ways to improve the burgeoning neighborhood by empowering
residents to achieve their financial goals and contributing to the
revitalization of the neighborhood through beautification projects such
as this mural,” said James McAneney, President/CEO of PFCU. “This mural
is a gift from PFCU to the neighborhood that celebrates the colorful
legacy of the neighborhood and is a symbol of all that the community can
accomplish together in the future.”

PFCU and Mural Arts teamed up in spring 2015 to commission a new mural
that would have significant community involvement. PFCU and Mural Arts
held a call for artists and received dozens of submissions from a
diverse and highly competitive group that lived or worked in the East
Kensington-Fishtown area. A special committee was tasked with narrowing
down the submissions to three finalists who were contracted to create an
original mural design concept. Community members cast their votes for
their favorite design, which ultimately determined artists Jeffro
Kilpatrick and Brad Carney would create the mural. Kilpatrick and Carney
led more than 250 members of the community, including PFCU members and
employees, local students, and people depicted in the mural, in the
painting process through several organized paint days.

“We’re so proud to partner with PFCU on an artwork that reflects the
vibrant spirit of the East Kensington-Fishtown neighborhood and the
pride of the people who live and work there,” said Jane Golden, Mural
Arts executive director and founder. “At Mural Arts, we believe that art
should be accessible to everyone, and this mural is a testament to that
belief. It’s a thrill that so many people got to take part in such an
open and collaborative process, from start to finish.”

The mural painted on the side of AC Auto Repairs titled, “Welcome to the
Neighborhood,” depicts past and current residents many of whom are part
of the fabric of this artistic community, including sculptors, screen
printers, dancers, and metal workers who have made the community what it
is today and what it will be in the future.

For more information about PFCU’s involvement in the community, please

About Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1951, PFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial
institution serving Philadelphia and Columbia counties. PFCU is among
the top five credit unions in the Greater Philadelphia area with 10
branch locations, more than $934 million in assets, 112,000 members and
more than 400 Select Employee Groups. PFCU returns its profits to
members in the form of higher dividend rates, lower loan rates, better
services, and investment in the community. For more information, visit
and connect with PFCU on Facebook
and Twitter.

About the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Mural Arts) is the nation’s
largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites
change. For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities
through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of
mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual
lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50 to 100 public art projects
each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration
initiative. Core Mural Arts programs, such as Art Education, Restorative
Justice, and Porch Light, yield unique, project-based learning
opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 12,000
residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has
become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and
inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City
of Murals.” For further information, call 215-685-0750 or visit
Follow us on social media: @muralarts on Twitter
and Instagram,
phillymuralarts on YouTube,
and MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook.


Brownstein Group on behalf of PFCU
Rachel Rauth, 267-238-4144
of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Nicole Steinberg
of Communications and Brand Management