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Mural Arts Comes To The Fillmore Philly

By Michael Cerio

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The walls of The Fillmore Philly are covered in legendary poster art. It is a tradition that celebrates the club's namesake and original incarnation in San Francisco. With that, it only makes sense to add some art to the outside as well.

Fishtown got a little prettier today as Philadelphia's newest music venue unveiled a new partnership with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and a new mural adorning its exterior. Every couple of months a new mural will be featured on the Richmond Street side of the building, greeting bands as they arrive. The first in the series is from artist Anthony Torcasio (pictured above).

"Partnering with Mural Arts is a natural extension for The Fillmore to welcome the acts that are performing with amazing street art, and to connect with the community and support local and national artists" says The Fillmore Philly's General Manager Jason Bray.

"It's a space where we're looking to be experimental" explains Jane Golden, Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. "We look forward to sharing our deep relationships within the artistic community and artists throughout Philadelphia and beyond."

Also a part of today's unveiling was the addition of a plaque commemorating the legacy of the now historic site. Formerly the Ajax Metal Factory, the building was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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