Global Philadelphia Unveils New Public Mural at The Academy of Natural Sciences, Promoting Accessibility to Safe Clean Water & Sanitation Sources

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Nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Philadelphia’s global profile debuts a new community mural in association with The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

WHO: Produced by: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) 

Host: The Academy of Natural Sciences

Sponsor: The Academy of Natural Sciences

Partners: Mural Arts Philadelphia 

Artist: Miriam Singer

WHAT: Global Philadelphia Association meets another United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with the unveiling of a new public art mural by Miriam Singer, celebrating SDG #6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.  The mural unveiling is sponsored by The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and promotes increased access to safe, clean water sources and sanitation for all. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action set forth by United Nations for all countries – poor, rich, and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection.  

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Remarks will begin promptly at 3 PM. 

WHERE: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (19th Street wall)

  • 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

VISUALS:   The outdoor event will provide many opportunities for photography, including:

  • The new addition to Center City’s public artwork community by artist Miriam Singer

  • Presentation of a large-scale, $3,000 grant gifted to The Patrick Center for Environmental Research

  • Remarks from prominent Philadelphia civic and community leaders, including:

    • Glen Abrams, Deputy Commissioner- Communications, Philadelphia Water Department

    • Saleem Chapman, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Philadelphia

    • Scott Cooper, President & CEO at the Academy of Natural Sciences 

    • Marina McDougall, VP of Experience and Engagement, Academy of Natural Sciences

    • Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of GPA

    • Miriam Singer, artist 

QUOTES: “At GPA we are committed to fostering the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and this collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences is an opportunity to further that commitment,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of Global Philadelphia. “This new mural by Miriam Singer not only adds a beautiful new backdrop for our city but also represents the message of building a better, more sustainable Philadelphia.”  

“One of the great challenges we face as a global community is how to balance our immediate human needs for clean drinking water with the long-term health of aquatic systems. Drawing attention to this issue through accessible public art is a fantastic way to enlighten and engage a wide range of people,” said Academy President and CEO Scott Cooper.

PR CONTACT:    Ally Wengel: (E) [email protected] (C) 908-914-5052

About the 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 website:

About the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University:

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to informing and building a movement of environmentally engaged communities for a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. Our mission is to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it. Since its founding, the Academy has sponsored expeditions; conducted seminal systematics research; built an irreplaceable collection of 19 million biological specimens; led critical water and environmental research; transformed global understanding of freshwater ecology; and established a peerless natural history library and archive. The Academy has offered public education for more than two centuries and today welcomes thousands of visitors as a top cultural attraction in Philadelphia. 



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