City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The mural will help promote the proper care and treatment of animals across the street from the community epicenter, Anna B. Pratt Elementary School. Designed by artist Willis Humphrey, the mural was painted by students of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School, Chase & Jennifer Utley, and volunteers from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Passionate animal advocates, Chase & Jennifer Utley created the
Utley Foundation to educate the community about the proper treatment of animals and fund non-profit organizations that are active in the fight against animal neglect, pain, and suffering. Prior to the mural dedication, the
Utley Foundation and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program invited students of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School to participate in poster, essay, and photo contests.
Principal Denise Young of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School greets the guests.
This mural is so beautiful. You will recall in my post in April about how this mural came about, their was dog fighting in the school yard which was terrifying for the kids.
A crowd gathers to participate in the dedication of the mural.
Chase Utley and his wife Jennifer Utley , CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA Susan Cosby, Principal Denise Young of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School and Mural Arts Program Executive Director Jane Golden cut the ribbon with the kids from the school.
On right - Principal Denise Young of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School Chase & Jennifer Utley at the mural dedication, along with Mural Arts Program Executive Director Jane Golden (I tweeted earlier to say to my readers do you think Jen Utley is pregnant. She looks great, but she has a baby doll shirt on and she's glowing ? At one point she was hugging the kids and looking back to him like this is going to be us soon.)
hang in the playground as the kids participate in creating the outline of a dog.
Jen Utley hugs the kids in appreciations
Chase thanks the kids for participating