Category Archives: Maureen O’Connell

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

About [28] years ago a small group of artists and former graffiti writers initially worked under the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network to paint murals in neighborhoods that had fallen on hard times. … Local leaders came to appreciate the way murals … Continue reading

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Tactilely knowing what it means to be human: Aesthetic solidarity

Excerpts from Maureen O’Connell, ‘The Dance of Open Minds and Hearts: Aesthetic Solidarity as Antidote to an Anemic Solidarity’, Political Theology, 15(1), 74-87. Anemic solidarity and a failing moral imagination Christian ethicist Mary Elizabeth Hobgood notes that as more than … Continue reading

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Different eyes: economy and art

Redeeming broken relations through starting to see something of beauty in it: economy My personal experience has convinced me that no form of poverty or misery can be resolved without loving it. Only those who see something of beauty in … Continue reading

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Murals as sites of imagining being human

Excerpt taken from If These Walls Could Talk. Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (2012), written by Maureen O’Connell. Incarnating hope Murals radiate wonder and amazement in the context of otherwise ordinary cityscapes. They evoke silence in the midst … Continue reading

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