Revolutionary Philadelphia is a collaborative artwork produced through a process of research and discussion. Over five sessions, nine student participants from across Philadelphia explored local figures and groups who have made revolutionary contributions to civil rights, criminal justice, racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights, health, arts and culture, and more.Through a series of presentations, analysis, and hands-on creative work, participants offered their contributions and made a section of the composition that represents their voice. 

Contributors: Rubee Carter, Abdullah Conway, Malaysia Oliver Gass, Zenaya Mason, Jess Munz, Ishmael Kesselly, Mark Reid, Samir Ross, Vashti Valentine

Lead Artist: Mat Tomezsko

Special thanks to: Adesh Dasani, Liyanni Smith


The class was offered through University Community Collaborative, a media-based social justice initiative that provides leadership programming for high school students in Philadelphia.  It is based in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

The class was supported in part by a grant from the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.
The mural was supported by Global Philadelphia and Temple University.

Read more about the composition and process here:

Photography by: Ryan S. Brandenberg

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