1984

In 1984, Mural Arts is established as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.

Artist Jane Golden reaches out to graffiti writers in order to redirect their energies into constructive public art projects. Mural Arts’ collective mural-making process proves to be a powerful tool for generating dialogue, building relationships, empowering communities, and sparking economic revitalization.

Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network (PAGN) team painting over graffiti at Broad and Spring Garden streets.

1989

Well-known portrait muralist Kent Twitchell creates Dr. J at 1219 Ridge Avenue, integrating superior artwork with a subject significant to the community. This is the first mural installed using the parachute cloth method.

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Dr. J by Kent Twitchell. Photo by Jack Ramsdale.

1997

Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, a private nonprofit, is incorporated to advise and support the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Within the municipal government, Mural Arts is transferred from Anti-Graffiti to the Department of Recreation.

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1998

Amidst neighborhood tensions in Grays Ferry, Peace Wall is painted. The mural helps residents find common ground through art, becoming a symbol of hope and unity.

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1998

Meg Saligman paints Common Threads at Broad and Spring Garden Streets. Soaring eight stories above Broad Street, it remains one of the most iconic mural images.

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Common Threads by Meg Saligman

2007

Their Royal Highnesses Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, make a historic visit to Philadelphia and spend the afternoon with Mural Arts.

Photo by Jack Ramsdale

2009

Mural Arts collaborates with internationally-renowned artist Steve Powers on A Love Letter For You, a series of more than 50 rooftop murals and street-level signs along the Market Street corridor in West Philadelphia.

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A Love Letter For You. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.

2013

Mural Arts completes a new mural project, Legendary, by Amber Arts & Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, that honors GRAMMY Award winners, The Roots.

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Legendary by Amber Art & Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Photo by Steve Weinik.

2014

Mural Arts celebrates 30 years of participatory public artmaking with an exhibition, events, and a special edition book.

Beyond the Paint
Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

2015

Open Source, the largest outdoor public art exhibition in Philadelphia, engages artists from across the globe, including JR, Shepard Fairey, SWOON, the Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, and more.

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