WXPN, Mural Arts Program Unveil Healing Power Of Music Mural

posted November 14, 2008

WXPN, Mural Arts Program Unveil Healing Power Of Music Mural

WXPN, the member-supported public radio station from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Mural Arts Program are hosting a dedication ceremony for their Healing Power of Music mural on Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. at 17th and Cambridge Streets. This mural is part of the Sounds of Philadelphia Mural Series, a collaboration of WXPN and The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia.

The mural serves as a visual representation of the station's WXPN Musicians on Call program, a non-profit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients' bedsides. The mural depicts painted images of healing through music and is appropriately located near St. Joseph's Hospital. Tile mosaics are featured prominently throughout the art.

"This mural is another demonstration of music's positive energy," said WXPN on-air personality Helen Leicht, spokesperson for WXPN Musicians on Call. "Music's ability to heal is real and powerful. This mural is absolutely beautiful and it's a great addition to our Sounds of Philadelphia Mural Series."

The ceremony will feature live entertainment from local musician Matt Duke and comments by WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay, Mural Arts Program Executive Director Jane Golden, muralist Parris Stancell, ceramic artist Mike Smash and Leicht.

As part of the dedication, WXPN will present a CD Pharmacy to St. Joseph's Hospital for patients' listening pleasure. The Pharmacy will include a complete CD listening library and CD players for patients' use. Dr. Scott A. McNeal, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs will accept the donation.

WXPN began its partnership with the Mural Arts Program (MAP) in 2004 by creating the Sounds of Philadelphia mural series. This mural series pays tribute to both Philadelphia's musical heritage and the growing cultural influence of music in the region. Details on the previous five murals are available on the XPN website at http://www.xpn.org/community-outreach/mural-arts-collaboration.

The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network and has a mission of youth development and neighborhood revitalization through the arts. Since then, the program has produced over 2,800 murals throughout Philadelphia-more than any other city in the world.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN (yrockonxpn.org) as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.