Mural Arts Philadelphia: COVID-19 Impacts

Mural Arts is monitoring impacts to its community engagement processes.

Mural Arts is monitoring impacts to its community engagement processes. 

Last updated: Monday, May 4, 2020

To our Mural Arts community & supporters,

We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) across Philadelphia, and the health and safety of the many communities we work with is our top priority. 

In an effort to limit the pathways for disease transmission in our community, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our public events for the foreseeable future.

This includes all community events and meetings, which will be cancelled or rescheduled for later dates.

We will be sharing updates on this throughout the coming weeks, so please continually visit this page for up-to-date information regarding our programming.

Please also stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as our Events webpage which is continually updated.

We will continue to defer to the City of Philadelphia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other public health agencies to determine the safest course of action for our community engagement opportunities. This situation continues to evolve quickly, and we will be monitoring it closely.

We strongly encourage you to opt-in to receiving emergency messages regarding any potential City closures by visiting the City’s site dedicated to the COVID-19 outbreak, phila.gov/covid-19 and opting into text messages by texting COVIDPHL to 888-777.

For information not available on the website, please email info@muralarts.org. Responses may be delayed but we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Here’s how Mural Arts is working to ensure the communities we impact are protected: 

  • New requests for murals are temporarily suspended until August 1, 2020.
  • Community Meetings & Events: We have decided to postpone all community meetings and public events for the foreseeable future. We will be working to reschedule these engagements and will stay in touch with those involved as the situation evolves. Continually monitor this page for regular updates and more information.
  • Storefronts & Hub Spaces: Our storefronts, public hubs and programming are closed UNLESS noted below:

    • Same Day (Suburban Station)
    • Southeast by Southeast (2106 South 8th Street, 1st Floor Philadelphia, PA 19148)
      • You can find COVID-19-related messaging translated to Nepali, Burmese, Chin, Karen, and Spanish, on our YouTube channel.
    • Northeast Passage (The Exchange at Oxford Circle, 6434 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149)
    • Kensington Storefront (2774 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134) 
    • Tacony LAB (6981 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135). Summer programming will be in session this year with a suite of COVID-19 precautions.Adult Open Studio Sessions and Adult Classes
      Adult programming will be in session with a maximum of two staff and twelve adult participants at any time. We will maintain capacity by encouraging pre-registration via Eventbrite and telephone. Walk-ins are welcome to the point that we reach our 12-person limit.

      Children’s Programming/Summer Camp
      The Tacony LAB Summer camp will be in session with a maximum of three adult staff and ten children per 90 minute session. Whenever possible, the sessions will take place in the Tacony LAB backyard which is fully fenced and not publicly accessible except through the building.

    • Workshops at our provider sites: Susquehanna Park, Morris Home and Einstein LTSR
  • Art Education: In line with the School District of Philadelphia’s closure, we have closed our Art Education programming until further notice. The District is coordinating with the City’s Office of Children and Families, Parks & Recreation, and many other departments and nonprofit partners to provide meal service and activities in safe spaces throughout the city – more information is available here.
  • Tours: Walking tours are back! Join us Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays for a 90-minute walking tour. To ensure the safety of our tour guests and guides, masks are required and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
  • Wall Ball 2020 has been postponed until October 8, 2020, of respect for the health & safety of our supporters. Our largest and most crucial fundraising event of the year, we felt it was important to protect our over 600 annual attendees and cancel our May 14 plans. As we continue to focus our important work around our 2020 theme of Hope & Healing, we prioritize the wellbeing of the many communities we impact. We look forward to gathering in October.