GPA Kickstarts World Heritage Week by Celebrating Spread Our Seal Campaign

Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) kicked off World Heritage Week on May 26 by celebrating the Spread Our Seal campaign, which fosters awareness and ownership for Philadelphia’s status as a World Heritage City. 

The Spread Our Seal campaign invites local businesses and organizations to place a static cling of Philadelphia’s World Heritage City seal on their front window, thereby showcasing their city pride. Once a business/organization displays the window cling, they are added to GPA’s World Heritage City Seal Map, which documents the locations of all the campaign participants. By engaging with local businesses at the neighborhood level, the campaign has made Philadelphia’s World Heritage City seal a common fixture of city life and ingrained Philadelphia’s world heritage in its modern culture.

As of now, 60 businesses and organizations across all 10 of Philadelphia’s city council districts are participating in the Spread Our Seal campaign, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Awbury Arboretum, the Mummers Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Northeast Regional Library, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and many more. 

GPA hopes to increase the number of Spread Our Seal participants to 100 local businesses and organizations. In striving towards this goal, GPA kickstarted World Heritage Week by celebrating the current Spread Our Seal participants and taking new participation requests on its social media channels. 

For more information about the Spread Our Seal campaign, visit GPA’s website here.

About World Heritage Week

Ever since Mayor Jim Kenney instituted World Heritage Day in 2016, Philadelphia has traditionally celebrated its world heritage on the fourth Thursday in May. This year, GPA will host five days of virtual events and festivities from May 26-30 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Philadelphia receiving its World Heritage City designation. Each day’s events will take place on GPA’s social media platforms: 

In addition to the festivities, GPA will hold a #GiveBack campaign throughout the week to raise money for its charity partner, Nationalities Service Center, to support immigrants and refugees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on World Heritage City Week, visit GPA’s website

Article written by Amelia Winger on behalf of the Global Philadelphia Association