Global Philadelphia Association Announces 2024 Events in Honor of World Heritage Week – Celebrated Across Philadelphia from May 19th- May 25th

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Today Global Philadelphia Association announces the exciting lineup of events in honor of the 2024 World Heritage Week from May 19th through May 25th. World Heritage Week is a tribute to Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City. Established by the city government, World Heritage Day falls on the last Thursday of May each year, and World Heritage Week extends this celebration with a series of events highlighting the city’s global connections and cultural diversity. This collaborative effort features esteemed community partners, the Office of the City Representative, and a range of events hosted by the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA). 

FEATURED World Heritage Week Events: 
A full lineup of the week’s events, including links for how to register/attend, is available here.

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024 
FREE- Woodmere Art Exhibit- 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Through a partnership between Global Philadelphia Association and Woodmere Art 
Museum, the organizations are offering art education to Philadelphia district schools. 
Eight Philadelphia schools have participated in the program, including Esperanza 
Charter Academy, McClure, Solis Cohen, Kennedy Crossan, Spring Garden, 
Lingelbach, Shawmont, and Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences Schools, 
culminating in an exhibition in Woodmere Art Museum’s Millard Children’s Gallery 
opening during World Heritage Week.

Throughout the opening reception on Sunday, May 19, attendees are invited to 
view students’ work, inspired by the artwork of Philadelphia-based, Venezuela- 
born artist, Henry Bermudez. The artist’s multi-media paintings are filled with 
vibrant colors, patterns, and dazzling textures that convey the richness of Latin 
America’s rainforests and his respect for its cultures and mythological deities. 
Link to register here.  
Woodmere Museum of Art - 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 
TICKETED- Philadelphia Visitor Center’s Philly Opener- 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM  
The Philadelphia Visitor Center’s Philly Opener event will be an inaugural event to kick off the tourism season in Philadelphia. This event, held during National Travel and Tourism Week will take place at the Independence Visitor Center  in the heart of Historic Philadelphia and will feature the first-ever presentation of the Most Valuable Philadelphian (MVP) Award.  The event will feature a pep rally atmosphere with festive food, live entertainment, and a preview of the can’t-miss experiences around Philly this tourism season.  
Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.   
Independence Visitor’s Center - 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024 
FREE- SDG #2: Zero Hunger Mural Art Unveiling with the Global Philadelphia Association- 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
GPA, GIANT and Philabundance are working together to debut the artwork of Branche Coverdale which highlights SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Each mural project contains a grant awarded to a deserving organization doing related work. Sustainable Development Goal #2 is about creating a world free of hunger by 2030. The global issue of hunger and food insecurity has shown an alarming increase since 2015, a trend exacerbated by a combination of factors including the pandemic, conflict, climate change, and deepening inequalities. Philabundance was founded in 1984 with the simple belief that no one should go hungry while healthy food goes to waste. Their mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and to end hunger for good. This grant is sponsored by GIANT Foods.  
Link to register here.  
Budd Innovation Center- 2450 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

About Global Philadelphia Association:  
The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit the website:

About World Heritage Week:  
World Heritage Week celebrates Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City, highlighting the city’s diverse cultural heritage through a series of events and activities. Organized in collaboration with community partners and the Global Philadelphia Association, World Heritage Week aims to foster appreciation and awareness of Philadelphia’s global connections. World Heritage Week proudly collaborates with a prestigious lineup of community partners, including BUDD Bio Works, City Hall, Department of Public Health, Drexel University, Harriets Book Shop, Philabundance, Philadelphia 250, Philadelphia Parks and Rec, Philadelphia Tango Festival, Philadelphia’s Visitors Center, School District Schools Philadelphia, The Caribbean Community of Philadelphia, The Economy League, The Philadelphia Film Society, The Welcoming Center, Woodmere Art Museum, World Affairs Council.

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