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Harlem Mural Dedication
October 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Planet Harlem Mural Dedication
Thursday, October 20th, 2022 from 6-9pm
321 Malcom X Blvd New York, NY 10027
Designed by renowned Harlem artist Paul Deo, this mural is already a popular tourist stop and neighborhood favorite in Harlem. In December of 2018, the mural was cited in New York Magazine’s 14th Annual “Reasons to Love New York” issue. Given how well known the mural is, and how it’s been so well received, it will continue to be an educational and cultural hub where educational tours and cultural tours utilize its portrayal of the great Harlemites.
Planet Harlem is Paul’s tribute to the black community; a vehicle for telling and sharing its stories and a potent and much needed tool in the quest for empowerment and well-being during these uncertain times. As this neighborhood continues to gentrify, it’s deeply important to Paul to engage its local residents in the collective effort to preserve its rich cultural heritage. Beyond this, he hopes that the demonstration of this process will serve as a beacon of hope for all who understand the power of activating a deeper sense of connection to our own heritage and creative legacy. Perhaps this is why Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. placed Planet Harlem as the last scene in his The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – PBS documentary.
Paul Deo is a Harlem-based multimedia artist and muralist whose black Indian indigenous roots are strongly embedded in his work. Paul’s unique and often thought-provoking cultural lens encapsulates his murals which merge history, spirit, and technology to create sacred art spaces for communal dialogue. He engages and inspires communities through his work, bridging familiar subjects with the world of possibilities and inspiration.