May 22

The Only Way Out Is Through

by: Laura Kochman

May is Mental Health Awareness Month here in the United States, which is all about educating and reducing stigma around mental health and wellness—something that we at Mural Arts are deeply committed to. For the last decade, we’ve been working with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to build our Porch Light program, embedding artists at mental health provider sites and opening neighborhood hubs for community wellness around the city. So in recognition of Philadelphians living with mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, here are eight murals from our Porch Light program that we hope will help carry you through.

The Color of Your Voice 

The Color of Your Voice by Keir Johnston & Ernel Martinez. Photo by Steve Weinik.

The North Philadelphia Beacon Project 

The North Philadelphia Beacon Project, by James Burns. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Colorful Legacy 

Colorful Legacy by Willis "Nomo" Humphrey & Keir Johnston. Photo by Steve Weinik.

The Atlas of Tomorrow 

The Atlas of Tomorrow © 2016 Candy Chang. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Contemplation, Clarity, Resilience 

Contemplation, Clarity, Resilience © 2016 Mural Arts Philadelphia / Eric Okdeh. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Sanctuary 

Sanctuary © 2016 Mural Arts Philadelphia / James Burns. Photo by Steve Weinik.

The Only Way Out Is Through 

The Only Way Out is Through © 2017 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Eric Okdeh. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Rippling Moon: An Urban Fairytale 

Rippling Moon by Meg Saligman (southern wall). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Learn more about Porch Light and our approach to public health through the arts in our recent interview with Porch Light Program Director Laure Biron and Dr. Meagan Corrado.

Last updated: May 22, 2018

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