The Meal -- Performance Art Piece _ by Philadelphia Mural Arts and Studio Orta

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Thomas Paine Plaza Municipal Services Building 1401 JFK Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States


NEW LOCATION FOR 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV

Thomas Paine Plaza
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Due to the Federal government shutdown, the planned location for 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV Independence National Historical Park is closed to the public. In the event of the Federal government reopening, the location will remain Thomas Paine Plaza. 


The Meal will feature a simple menu of heirloom produce created by Chef Marc Vetri and catered by Cescaphe Event Group.

Attend events throughout The Season to be entered into a lottery for a chance to win two free tickets to The Meal. The lottery will close on September 7th and winners will be notified by September 10th.

This project represents an opportunity to ask the difficult, but necessary, questions about food access and food quality:

  • What is the history of our food?
  • What are our cultural connections to food?
  • What can we learn from the new foods brought with people immigrating here?
  • Does a more diverse food supply offer potential for a more sustainable agriculture system?
  • How can heirloom crops be used to address nutrition and food access in the Philadelphia? 


Marking its 30th-year anniversary, Mural Arts is looking back at its history and looking forward towards participatory projects that explore the social and experimental dimension of art in public space. What We Sow takes the future of Mural Arts beyond a genre-specific format and expands on the social and civic foundation of the mural tradition by addressing the relationship between local communities, regional ecologies, global economies, and the politics of food production.

By working with contemporary artists who are at the forefront of public art, of social practice, and of community-based co-production, Mural Arts aims to catalyze new networks and new participants from all social backgrounds that have a shared interest in finding spaces for civic engagement based on active dialogue and collective experience.

With its focus on heirloom produce, What We Sow brings crucial visibility to communities of food activists, food producers, and food consumers in Philadelphia, and its outlying rural areas, that push to the forefront the increasingly central issue of food production as it impacts on nutrition and hunger.


From June to September 2013 the Mural Arts Program will host and collaborate with partnering organizations to provide opportunities for the Philadelphia community to explore the world of heirloom food.


Invitational event.
Not Open to Public _ By lottery drawn on 9/7/13
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