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Hopeful Billboards Installed in Philadelphia to Raise Funds for Ukraine

Marilyn Johnson

With Ukraine under siege by Russian forces, artist Charlie Hewitt and not-for-profit partner Freedom House have installed three billboards with the word Hopeful on busy highways skirting Philadelphia. In the now-familiar colors of Ukraine – blue and yellow – the signs have been installed to raise awareness and donations to evacuate human rights activists and journalists out of harm’s way and improve the safety of activists and journalists who have remained in Ukraine. This is the latest appearance of the Hopeful Project, initially created as public art sculptures to inspire optimism for Americans coping with political polarization and pandemic stress. Original Hopeful sculptures were sited in Hewitt’s home state of Maine and have since expanded along the East Coast, including the subway station in Brooklyn, the site of the tragic mass shooting earlier this month.

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Billboards with the word “Hopeful’ by Charlie Hewitt light up Philadelphia highways(Courtesy of OUTFRONT Media)
“With horrors magnifying daily in Ukraine, I felt I had to do something,” said Hewitt. “I started Hopeful to inspire optimism for Americans coping with political polarization and pandemic stress, and Hopeful has allowed me to expand the platform to show support and raise funds for Ukraine. I am honored that Freedom House, a not-for-profit that I am so inspired by, has agreed to join me in the Philadelphia Hopeful project.”

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Freedom House, a not-for-profit working to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties, shifted its efforts to evacuate human rights activists and journalists in Ukraine out of harm’s way and to improve the safety of activists and journalists who have remained in the country. To donate, please click on the following link: https://freedomhouse.org/hopeful or visit the Freedom House website.

Billboards in the Philadelphia area are on the Cottman Avenue/Academy Road exit ramp of I-95, Route 130 near the airport, and Route 1 heading into Philadelphia from the south.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, the greater Mid-Atlantic area, and beyond.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area-based food and travel writer focusing on food & drink in the Mid-Atlantic region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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