On Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 - 3 p.m., the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hosts "The Roots Mural Project Celebration," the culminating event for Mural Arts Month. Roots front man Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will be present at the celebration being held at World Communications Charter School, 512 S. Broad Street.
The highlight of this event, free and open to the public, will be the unveiling of the initial design of "The Roots Mural Project." with ?uest and Black Thought painting some of the mural panels with member of the public in attendance. The festive afternoon will also feature giveaways, paintings, food and fun, as well as entertainment by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew, Philadelphia hip hop artist Chill Moody and DJ Statik of Illvibe Collective.
Joining Thompson and Trotter will be Jane Golden, Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Mayor Michael Nutter; Ernel Martinez, lead artist, "The Roots Mural Project" and Tom Woodward, Bank of America, Pennsylvania president.
According to the organization, "The Roots Mural Project" was conceived by the Mural Arts Program to honor the legacy, achievements and role of the Grammy Award-winning band, The Roots, "in the pantheon of great American bands and continuum of accomplished Philadelphia musicians." "The Roots Mural Project tells the story of The Roots — especially Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter's founding of the band — from the genesis to the present day.
The artistic team, known as Amber Art & Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, includes artists Ernel Martinez, Charles Barbin, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Willis "Nomo" Humphrey, and Keir Johnston. The mural is being painted on parachute cloth and has involved "hundreds of individuals" who participated in the mural-making process. The mural will be dedicated in 2013.
For information on "The Roots Mural Project Celebration" or the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, call (215) 685-0750 or visit www.muralarts.org.