The Adult Swim Mural Project in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Three Black Philadelphia-based artists,  Branche Coverdale, Zeinab Diomande, and Nazeer Sabree, have been selected to create original murals across the city as part of the Adult Swim Festival Block Party. The three-day event for fans will be held in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, and will feature more than 15 music and comedy performances.

The Adult Swim Mural Project in Philadelphia

The Adult Swim Mural Project, first launched in 2020 in the brand’s hometown of Atlanta, GA, was created in partnership with local nonprofit Living Walls. The project was created to produce large-scale murals and train new artists in mural-making while gaining experience in the full scope of creating public works of art.

The goal of the Adult Swim Mural Project is to start conversations about the role of the artist in the public space today and gives a spotlight to local up-and-coming Black artists and creators. The project provides artists with a platform to freely express themselves, in addition to gaining hands-on experience. To date, 12 original murals have been completed and featured in Atlanta and New Orleans, with Philadelphia being the latest city to join the list.

For the Philadelphia expansion, Adult Swim and Living Walls partnered with Ginger Rudolph, a curator for Mural Arts' Fellowship for Black Artists, and Conrad Benner of Streets Dept to recruit the three local artists.

The Philly mural installations have started at their respective locations. The artists will be teasing their work in progress on their personal social media channels with the final reveal of the festival's week. 

The Adult Swim Festival Block Party makes its Philadelphia debut from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7 in the city’s popular Fishtown neighborhood with live music, comedy, live panels, outdoor screenings, food trucks, attractions, and much more at the Fillmore Philly, Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia, and Punch Line Philly.