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What We Sow

Mural Arts Program explores the future of heirloom foods

What We Sow

What We Sow examines the role of heirloom foods through an ongoing series of events. Credit: Mural Arts Program


June 2-October 5


In anticipation of their 30th anniversary, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is looking back at its history and looking forward to the social and experimental dimension of art in public space during What We Sow.

Taking art experiences “off the wall” and into the gardens, markets and kitchens of the city, the major new initiative w explores the world of heirloom foods through an ongoing series of workshops artist talks, tastings, cooking demonstrations, tours and more.

The event culminates in October—Mural Arts Month—with 70×7 The Meal, act XXXIV, a visual and performance art collaboration between the Mural Arts Program and internationally-renowned artists Lucy + Jorge Orta. The event will gather hundreds of people around a communal table to engage in conversation around the issues and roles of heirloom foods.

The Meal will feature a simple menu of heirloom produce created by Chef Marc Vetri and catered by Cescaphe Event group. To learn more, click the button below.



What We Sow features a wide variety of events throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Explore a few highlights, below.

Mural, Market, Garden Tours: A series of neighborhood tours in West, Southeast and Northeast Philadelphia that explore the unique neighborhood murals, gardens and farmers’ markets of the city.

Messages In Motion: Videographer Laura Deutch will be parking her Messages In Motion video van at various locations, including Clark Park and Night Market Philadelphia, to collect your heirloom food stories and recipes.

Heirloom Tasting with Fair Food: Discover new tastes at Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market during a series of seasonal heirloom produce tastings.

For dates and a complete schedule of events, click the button below.



Various locations around Philadelphia
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