PRESS RELEASE: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) will unveil Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)# 1 – NO POVERTY public art mural created by artist Gabe Tiberino

Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) will unveil
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)# 1 – NO POVERTY
public art mural created by artist Gabe Tiberino
on Thursday, October 14th
4 pm – 5 pm
Unveiling Ceremony at Park West Town Center, 1575 N. 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 


Media Contact: Graziella DiNuzzo 609-680-7670 

Philadelphia, PA….October 7, 2021…GPA will unveil its third public art, SDG#1, No Poverty, as part of its Sustainable Development Goal campaign. The mural, created by renowned Philadelphia artist Gabe Tiberino is on a  wall of Brown’s Shoprite, located in the Park West Town Center, 1575 N. 52nd Street and Jefferson, Philadelphia, PA 19131. The unveiling will take place from 4 to 5 pm. Open to the public.

The SDG#1 No Poverty project is sponsored by John Smith and his wife Susan. John Smith, a former partner at Reed Smith LLP, and former GPA Board Chair, currently serves as GPA Board Emeritus.

John and Susan Smith 3-minute video on why they chose to sponsor SDG#1 No Poverty

“Philadelphia is beset by the very real scourge of poverty, but in his wonderful painting Gabe Tiberino challenges us to imagine that it can be solved.  It will take individual responsibility, family cohesion, and support for the many agencies working to overcome it.  We are honored to play a small role in this effort,” state John and Susan Smith, sponsors of the SDG#1 No Poverty Goal. 

The non-profit Education, Culture Opportunities Foundation (ECO) will receive a grant as part of the SDG project plan. 

“The sustainable development art project is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of Philadelphia - artist, murals, communities and philanthropy. We are so pleased to be celebrating the third of seventeen global goals in Philadelphia,” says Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director, Global Philadelphia Association.  

About Artist Gabe Tiberino 

Artist Gabe Tiberino
Gabe explains he had no choice but to become an artist. "From the time I was born I lived in an environment erupting with a multitude of artists and creativity." After attending the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, he became a student at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There, in May of 2005, he received his certificate and won the award for the Best Figurative Painter in the Student Exhibition. In 2008 PAFA bought his painting, "Tioga Street" for their permanent collection. Since 1998, he has been a part of the Mural Arts Program where everyone in the city and visitors can see and experience his inspiration on a grand scale. "It is important that my art resonate immediately with people, in their hearts and in their minds. For this reason, I will continue to paint for the rest of my life." Moe Brooker, one of Philadelphia's most recognized artists both nationally and internationally, says of Gabe. "His talent as an artist is far more mature than his years. He is young, yet he handles paint like a much older painter. His insight, visually, is beyond his years. I think you are going to hear a great deal from him in years to come."
About the GPA Sustainable Development Goal Project 

Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States and the first city to dedicate public art through the completion of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nations developed the 17 Goals to “Transform Our World” and as a “call for action by 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. The 17 Goals include: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Partnerships for Goals.
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 the World Heritage City Project

Philadelphia joined the Organization of World Heritage Cities in November 2015, thereby becoming the first "World Heritage City" in the United States. The city achieved this designation because it has a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Independence Hall, because of its many contributions to the nation and the world, and because of its rich array of historic buildings and cultural sites, including 67 National Historic Landmarks.
GPA’s World Heritage City Project builds on this designation with a range of initiatives centered on four core missions - preserving and celebrating Philadelphia’s historical and cultural assets; building World Heritage City awareness and ownership; educating global kids with roots; and extending Philadelphia’s global reach.