April 16, 2011 – Annual Easter Celebration (From 11am ’til 2pm)
Join the merchants of the S. 9th St. Business Association for our Annual Easter Celebration. Picture with the Easter Bunny, face painting for the kids coloring, crafts and games, plus special treats for the kids!
Activities to be held at 9th & Montrose Sts at the Italian Market Piazza in front of the Rizzo Mural!
May 7, 2011 – Journeys South
About the Project:
Journeys South works as a visual archeology, excavating the public and private layers that define the evolving immigrant histories of South Philadelphia. Through multi-disciplinary art presented in a public setting. Journeys South takes the mission of the Mural Arts Program “off the wall” to bring the community-driven philosophies of mural-making to non-mural public art.
Journeys South is a project comprised of four teams of artists. Artists Michelle Angela Ortiz and Tony Rocco focused in creating artworks in the 9th Street Market. Their project entitled Journeys South: Different Paths, One Market will transform awnings from a practical workplace shelter into an outdoor gallery of Market memories.
As shoppers move along 9th Street from Christian to Washington, eight awnings will trace the stories of the historic Market families such as the Giordanos, as well as the stories of more recent immigrants – unscrolled in a collage of images and words.
About the artists:
As a mural artist, Michelle Angela Ortiz has designed and created over 30 large-scale public works nationally and internationally, in addition to exhibiting her paintings and prints in numerous galleries and museums in the United States. As an arts educator, Ortiz uses the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. Since 2008, she has led international artist residencies through the United States Embassy. She has trained local artists in public art techniques in Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico and Suva, Fiji. Ortiz was born and raised right around the corner from the Market where she continues to live. She is a child of immigrants and is the first generation born in the United States.
Tony Rocco is a photographer best known for his compelling portraits of people from his mother’s native Colombia. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as in Colombia. Rocco’s photographs are included in the permanent collections in Philadelphia, New York and Colombia. Rocco was born in South Philadelphia and resides in the Northern Liberties section of the city.
May 14 & 15, 2011 – Annual Italian Market Festival
In the open air, under our awnings,in our shops, and in our many eateries
Visit www.ItalianMarketFestival.com for full details.