The Mural Arts Program includes members of the community in every step of the mural-making process, from selecting a theme to collaborating on a design, to creating the mural and celebrating its completion. Because of this extensive community engagement process, neighborhood murals become a living part of the community long after the project is completed. Many of murals actually start as requests from communities through the mural request form. You can fill out the form online, or download a paper copy here.
We strive to have our mural projects represent collaboration. The mural-making process builds lasting community relationships, bringing together people whose paths might otherwise never have crossed. When diverse community members have joined together to promote the community, the finished mural celebrates their collective creative force.
"Art heals, art unites, and art changes minds in convincing fashion. Art drives the agenda. Great art is never silent, can’t be ignored and serves poorly the status quo."Mural Arts Core Value
"We’re an antsy bunch, and proactively committed. When we walk into a room, we walk in ready to make great things happen. And when we say we will, we will."Mural Arts Core Value
"What drives us is the opportunity for life to triumph over the forces of despair. We just happen to be good at painting murals."Mural Arts Core Value
"You have to work for your neighborhood. You can make a good thing happen. If you do it first, then other people will follow you."Therese, Art Education Student
Discover more about our community engagement process with the story of our Heart of Baltimore Avenue mural project.
Our three-year initiative to improve individual and community health in North Philadelphia.
How do you bring together a wall, an artist, a community, and a message to create a mural?