Global Philadelphia Unveils New Education Themed Mural at Saint Joseph's University In Partnership with Mural Arts School and School District of Philadelphia

WHO: Produced by: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) 

Host: Saint Joseph’s University

Sponsors: Saint Joseph’s University and Samuel Gompers School, School District of Philadelphia 

Partners: Mural Arts Philadelphia 

Artist: Arthur Haywood (son of PA State Senator Art Haywood)

WHAT: Global Philadelphia Association meets another United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) with the unveiling of new public arts mural by Arthur Haywood, celebrating SDG #4 – Quality Education at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU). Sponsored by SJU and the School District of Philadelphia, the mural will be a colorful, elegant interpretation of the goal, reinforcing their commitment to quality education and lifelong learning.  

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action set forth by United Nations for all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. This mural will reflect Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality Education- as a tool to enable upward socioeconomic mobility and act as a key to escaping poverty.

The event will include student performances by Campus Ministries, the SJU choir, followed by remarks from both the GPA and SJU teams and City Representative Sheila Hess. Concluding the speakers, the mural will be unveiled in an official artwork ribbon cutting ceremony. Other notable attendees include PA State Senator Art Haywood and his wife, Julie. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 11 AM – 1:30 PM (Event will be moved inside SJU Science Center depending inclement weather). Remarks and performances will begin at 11:00 AM. 

WHERE: Saint Joseph’s University Main Campus – SJU Science Center (5600 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395). Media can enter at the 54th Street Mandeville Hall lot entrance. 


  • The outdoor event will provide many opportunities for photography, including:
  • The new addition to Philadelphia’s public artwork community by local artist Arthur Heywood

  • Choral performance by SJU students 

  • Remarks from City Representative Sheila Hess on the importance of quality education

  • Visuals of Senator Art Haywood supporting his son’s new mural 

QUOTES: “There is no time like the present to address the many global challenges we face,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of Global Philadelphia Association, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the region’s global profile. “We are committed to fostering the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and this collaboration with Saint Joseph’s is an opportunity to further that commitment. This also connects with our Philadelphia World Heritage City Project’s mission to raise awareness that Philadelphia’s city heritage is in fact globally connected.”

"Our campus is proud to be home to one of the city's newest murals, especially one that promotes such an important message," says James Carter, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Joseph’s University. "It's been a pleasure to work alongside the talented Arthur Haywood, Gompers and the Global Philadelphia Association on this project. We hope it will inspire all who see it."

PR CONTACT:    Ally Wengel: (E) (C) 908-914-5052


About the Global Philadelphia Association:

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit website:


About Saint Joseph’s University:

Founded in 1851 in the heart of Philadelphia and in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University prepares students for a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. Through a rigorous, perspective-expanding education, Saint Joseph’s undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students are mentored by thought-leading faculty scholars, exposed to a curriculum that allows for radical program combinations and demands exploration. The 125-acre campus provides both urban and suburban experiences and is home to the world-renowned Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A proud member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Joseph’s Hawks compete in 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. The University’s 75,000 proud alumni are a powerful global network that keep alive the rallying cry– The Hawk Will Never Die.