The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.
When we create art with each other and for each other, the force of life can triumph.
Art heals, art unites, and art changes minds in a convincing fashion. Art drives the agenda. Great art is never silent, can't be ignored, and serves poorly the status quo.
The sublime power of narrative drives our lives. Stories well told will shine transformative light into dark corners.
It's simple. We work in conspiring teams whose goal is gestalt. Everything we do is by and for the community. There's no "I" in mural.
What we do is deceptively complex. What drives us is the opportunity to help life triumph over the forces of despair. We just happen to be good at painting murals.
We're an antsy bunch, and proactively committed to the commitment to be proactive. When we walk into a room , we walk in ready to make great things happen. And when we say we will, we will.
There is no such thing as not my job. We expect to take on unexpected burdens when it's our turn to do so.
The surface is something to get beyond. And because we have each other's back, we go beyond in bold fashion.
Bureaucracy has its place. Just not in our mindset.
Why look back on a life not lived? We see our chances and we take 'em.
This is not art for art's sake. Our institutional wisdom and intellectual property have value, add value, and are valuable. There's no shame in earning fair compensation for unique professional expertise.
We're from Philly. We're for Philly. And we're having a hell of a good time.
"The mural tour was the unexpected highlight of my family’s visit to Philadelphia."Carol from New Jersey
"I needed direction in my life, and I found it with Mural Arts."Eric, Art Education Student