Philadelphia’s Strength-based and Community-oriented Mural about Gambling
Community-wide effort to strengthen awareness of “problem gambling” – especially amongst Philadelphia’s Asian immigrant communities
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Asian-American community – and only blocks away from Philadelphia’s casinos – the new mural, Fables of Fortune, is about problem gambling. Research suggests that the Asian American community is at higher risk for problem gambling than other communities. Fables of Fortune, the newest addition in the Porch Light series, a partnership between the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, will greet riders of a popular casino-bound trolley service with messages of wellness, hope and recovery. In addition, the mural illustrates stories of real people and the cultural aspects of luck and gambling; the challenges problem gamblers face; and the arrival of local casinos and gambling practices that target immigrant communities over the past decade. Created by Mural Arts artist, Eric Okdeh, the visual message behind the mural shows a path of recognition of gambling addiction, and the decision to overcome problem gambling for individuals and their families.
Join us on Wednesday, July 1 for the official unveiling. Greater details are below.
Jane Golden, Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Dr. Marquita Williams, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Dr. Catherine Williams, Single County Authority Administrator, Director of Program Planning & Operations, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Thoai Nguyen, CEO, SEAMAAC
Eric Okdeh, Artist, City of Philadelphia, Mural Arts Program
2300 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Remarks will take place on sidewalk North of the 2300 S 7th building