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Background: Researching This Video Project.
We Discovered More than a Mural.
Visual Storytelling as Discursive Healing.
The process of creating this mural yielded a space for individuals to come together and discuss mental health and this figurative, discursive space is the linguistic landscape of Finding the Light Within. Everyone who occupied this space will forever be a part of the mural itself as well as the community that emerged from it. Our experience with making this video has informed us of the incredible power of murals, and we hope that the next time you walk by one you consider the literal and imagined community it represents.
About the Authors.
Dana Leonard studies Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College.
Elizabeth Teerlink is a junior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Economics and Sociology & Anthropology with a minor in Mathematics/Statistics.
**For more information about Philadelphia's MuralArts program, and how to book a tour, click here. Many thanks to our partners at MuralArts and the community supporting Finding the Light Within.