October 15, 2004
About the Project
Mural Arts created two murals in a partnership among inmate-artists at the State Correctional Institute at Graterford, Victims of Crime, and Victim’s Advocates, Cesar Viveros and Parris Stancell’s Healing Walls murals depict the victims’ and inmates’ struggle to change patterns of crime within their communities and themselves.
Originally conceived as a single mural created by victims and inmates, the two groups found it impossible to unite over a single, unified design. Instead 2, similar murals were created adjacent to one another on the 3000 block of Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia.
Cindy Burnstein and Tony Heriza’s documentary film, Concrete Steel and Paint tells the story behind the creation of these murals.
City of Philadelphia
Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Development Fund
Samuel S. Fels Fund