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First Friday September 2021 –Street Mural Celebration

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm


Bethlehem, PA (September 3, 2021) – Join us September 3rd at 6pm in the SouthSide Arts District, as we cut the ribbon and celebrate our new street mural entitled Connected by Kindness.  Inspired by the story of David James, an Australian who went viral for handing flowers to complete strangers as an act of random kindness, the design features hands offering various flowers to passersby. The artists, Sarah Karess and Mounir Mulhem noted, “Within any community, the cornerstone to wellness and quality of life is driven by kindness, and we all have a hand in helping each other grow. This mural intends to remind the Bethlehem community to be kind to each other and to oneself. By doing so, we will be well together.”The ribbon cutting celebration will begin promptly at 6pm, outdoors at Third and Adams Streets, followed by a reception at Color Me Mine with musical guest Not for Coltrane. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be completely indoors at Color Me Mine, located at 25 E. 3rd Street.

The SouthSide Arts District, an initiative of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, works to improve the economic conditions for the businesses of South Bethlehem. Their Design committee works to do that through streetscape improvements projects, like public art. “Each year our Design Committee strives to add innovative public art to our streetscape. This year, with the help of the City of Bethlehem, The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Northampton County and Lehigh Valley Health Network we are not only adding the first street mural in Bethlehem to our Urban Arts Trail, but we are also working to calm the traffic at this busy intersection,” said Missy Hartney, the SouthSide’s Downtown Manager. “Traffic calming is certainly one of the goals for this project, as well as building a sense of community, with an emphasis on health, wellness and walking. We were extremely fortunate to receive over 10 applications from local artists for this project, but it was Sarah Karess and Mounir Mulhem’s proposal that reflected the vision the best.”

The ribbon-cutting celebration will include a speech from Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s President Bob Begliomini, Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation Director, Alicia Karner, as well as mural artists Sarah Karess and Mounir Mulhem. The reception will feature a video produced by Lehigh Valley Health Network, highlighting the journey of the street mural from concept, to working on the street, to the finished work.

The night will also include music from Keith Quelet and Friends at Dinky’s Ice Cream Parlor & Grille from 7pm – 9pm and Chelsea Lyn Meyer from 8pm – 10pm at the new F&A Groghouse, as part of the First Friday celebration.


September 3
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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