If you’re a Flyers fan looking for something to do this weekend, there’s a cool event happening that you should consider checking out. Mural Arts Philadelphia will be holding a dedication in conjunction with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation for a new mural Snider Hockey: Inspiring Our Youth on Saturday, October 5 at 12PM. The dedication will take place at 2037 S. 10th St. (at Snyder Avenue) in South Philadelphia. Per their press release, the mural, “Features the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and celebrates the life and legacy of its founder and the visionary behind the Philadelphia Flyers, the late Ed Snider. The design, created by artist Jared Bader, highlights how Snider Hockey builds lives and unites communities through its on-ice and off-ice initiatives, including mentorship, tutoring, life lessons, and academic support in attending and graduating college.”
For those who are unaware:
Snider created Snider Hockey in 2005 as a personal commitment to teach children important life lessons. The mission of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is to build lives and unite communities. It uses the sport of hockey to help educate young people to succeed in the game of life. Snider Hockey services are targeted for inner-city boys and girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn to skate or to play ice hockey. The program includes over 3,000 students.
The following are expected to be in attendance at the ceremony:
- Mark Squilla, City Councilman, City of Philadelphia
- Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Parks and Recreation, City of Philadelphia
- Sarena Snider, daughter of Ed Snider
- Virlen Reyes, Alum, Snider Hockey
- Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia
- Jared Bader, Artist
We're celebrating the completion of a new mural, titled, "Snider Hockey: Inspiring Our Youth" this Saturday! This new work by Jared Bader features participants of Snider Hockey and celebrates the legacy of its Founder, the late Ed Snider. https://t.co/Y2LGp6RdnB pic.twitter.com/yN6SAEeCTU
— Mural Arts (@muralarts) October 2, 2019
More on the artist and organization after the jump:
Bader was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his life in the area. After graduating from Tyler School of Art, Bader attended graduate school in Memphis, TN where he met his wife. He started assisting other muralists through Mural Arts Philadelphia in 2002 and quickly began painting his own mural designs. After gaining exposure and experience in Philadelphia he has branched off, creating public art/ mural projects in other cities and states. When approaching new projects, he has always tried to create designs that most inventively and uniquely explore the ideas and images he is asked to represent. Styles and themes of his work have ranged from historical architectural re-creation, abstraction, narrative/allegorical painting, and figurative and historical painting, depending on the project’s particular theme. Among his top goals as a public and private artist is the potential to fulfill the needs and wishes of those invested in the mural as well as the surrounding community.
Mural Arts Philadelphia
Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating nearly 4,000 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.” Follow along on social media: @muralarts on Twitter and Instagram, phillymuralarts on YouTube, and MuralArtsPhiladelphia on Facebook. To stay up on the latest news on Mural Arts, please visit www.muralarts.org.