Philly DJ Mural Project to Include Block Parties, Free RJD2 Show, and New Shepard Fairey Mural at 12th and Chestnut

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced a new initiative that will combine public art with Philly’s DJ history. The year-long “Philly DJ Mural Project” brings the city’s history of raising DJs to a new generation with youth-focused events.

Philly-raised DJ Cosmo Baker will work to include members of the DJ community into the year’s events. The project culminates in a brand new mural by world-renown artist Shepard Fairey—a DJ himself— that’s inspired by ithe DJ culture. (Fairey completed his last Philadelphia mural, Lotus Diamond, this August.)

Throughout the school year, students will work on the new mural, to be installed at 1232 Chestnut Street, and participate in educational programs with DJs at Scratch Academy. Students will work alongside DJs to learn not only the technical skills needed to bring their turntable dreams to life, but also the in-depth history of the art and its influence. (Scratch Academy has its own storied history: it was created by the late Jam Master Jay.) These lucky students will have the opportunity to show off their new skills at Philly DJ Mural Project events.

This massive educational celebration kicks off Friday, October 17th, with a free, citywide block party on 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom streets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.. It will comprise digital, interactive activities, food trucks, and giveaways taking over the block. DJ RJD2 and Philly’s own DJ Cash Money will provide the jams for this special event.

Stay tuned for more Philly DJ Mural Project events throughout the year. Future participants include DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Brit, Ill Vibe Collective and more.