A mural painted by Rashidah Salam, an adjunct professor in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, will be on display in September in Old City. The Interfaith Center and Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia selected Salam to paint the mural, which will be part of the city’s “Dare to Understand” public art initiative.
Upon completion, the initiative will offer opportunities for events and programming, furthering the Interfaith Center’s goal to use public art to create spaces for education, conversation and the celebration of diversity.
“I recognize the task of understanding and appreciating differences is filled with ambiguity and tension,” said Salam, who was born and raised in Malaysia. “In this mural, I hope to balance the joys and trials of life, through the creative interplay of layers, colors and motifs. For this mural, I have responded to cultural, religious and racial differences and interjected my artistic passion and commitment to turn art into the instrument through which differences can be embraced, celebrated and tolerated. I would like this mural to serve as an advocate for a world where cultural and religious diversity is not a barrier but characteristics to be celebrated.”