Neighborhood Time Exchange 2018–19

Artist in residence Ellen Tiberino (third from right) poses with friends and family at Neighborhood Time Exchange. Photo by Jen Strickland.

About Neighborhood Time Exchange 

Mural Arts has collaborated with the People’s Emergency Center CDC to provide West Philadelphia artists with five-month-long residencies that include free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange, each resident artist will work within the neighborhood to bring local ideas to life, making space for conversation at regular Second Friday events. From fix-ups to clean-ups, youth workshops to helping seniors, no project is too small.


Ellen Tiberino (April–July 2018)

Mosaicist Ellen Tiberino works with stained glass to capture the earth’s natural beauty. Her residency centered around intergenerational art classes, resulting in a new mosaic that was donated to PEC’s Families First building at 3939 Warren Street. Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michele Pierson (August–December 2018)

Painter Michele Pierson has focused on portraiture in her residency, using artwork to tell the stories of community members. A new portrait series shows the faces of West Philadelphia and Lancaster Ave.

Ken McFarlane (February–June 2019)

Photographer Ken McFarlane documents Black communities in West Philadelphia, showing his neighbors in moments of dignity and strength. In his residency, he plans to upend the idea that items and services offered to low-income neighborhoods are of lower value, and will produce museum quality photographs alongside free portrait workshops.

Marie Alarcon (July–November 2019)

Continuing from her work around Bartram’s Garden for our Southwest Roots project (as part of the BARETEETH collective), multimedia artist Marie Alarcon plans to explore place, connection, and gentrification through her residency. She intends to work with local youth and new technologies such as augmented and visual reality, making this media as accessible as possible.


To learn more about the project and for a full Storefront schedule, visit, email, or follow Time Exchange on Facebook.

This new iteration of Mural Arts’ residency program in West Philadelphia follows the original pilot program, which operated out of the Lancaster Avenue storefront space from January 2015 to September 2015. During that period, Neighborhood Time Exchange welcomed 15 artists for one- to three-month residencies, funding more than 20 community projects and countless studio hours.


National Endowment for the Arts
Surdna Foundation


People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation
Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy