Join Drexel's Arts Administration & Museum Leadership program for another installment of the Fall Cultural Leadership Guest Speaker Series focusing on Climate Justice, featuring Netanel Portier & Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman of Philly Mural Arts, Mural Arts Institute on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 pm ET.
The Mural Arts Institute is dedicated to advancing research on and development of socially-engaged public art practices. Their work is in service to a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. They bring the Mural Arts model to other change-oriented cities and leaders across the globe to help build their capacity and sustain community-driven public art projects and participatory practices. They work with artists, activists, planners, organizations, cultural institutions, municipal governments and more with the goal of igniting change through equitable and accessible participatory public art practices. The Mural Arts Institute is supported by the JPB Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Netanel Portier (she/her) is the Director of the Mural Arts Institute, an initiative of Mural Arts Philadelphia that advances research and development of socially-engaged, participatory public art practices by bringing the Mural Arts model to other cities across the country. Portier has over 15 years of experience bringing diverse artists and communities together for transformative public projects and programs, not only as a project manager but also as an artist, teacher, curator and médiatrice culturelle. She is devoted to promoting social engagement, meaningful action and, through her work with Mural Arts Philadelphia, has developed and managed diverse, complex socially engaged public art projects. As Director of the Project Management Office, a role she held prior to her current position, Portier led the design and implementation of project management processes and tools for the Mural Arts program and model. In her current role as Director of the Mural Arts Institute, Portier leads learning engagements across the country and internationally with individual artists, administrators, institutions, and cultural and community-led organizations. Netanel is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, France.
Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman (she/they) is a cultural and social worker caring for people and the planet, she engages in meaningful creative inquiry with Mural Arts Philadelphia as Manager of the Mural Arts Institute and curator at 12Gates Gallery. She stewards projects that explore the role of artists, cultural workers, frontline communities and more just futures. Sepideah formerly served as the Program Director of UC Santa Barbara’s MultiCultural Center, and supported various international humanitarian organizations including the United Nations, Relief International, and Seeds of Peace. In Philadelphia, she organizes with the Philly DSA’s Racial Justice Committee. Sepideah engages with healing arts and trauma-informed modalities through her training as a liberatory community herbalist through Rootwork Herbals and as full spectrum doula through Bronx Doulas; she received a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, and dual-degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Religious Studies from American University.