Local Muralist Training

Community-Catalyst Incubator for Mural Artists  

Virtual orientation on July 12, 2023
In-person program in Philadelphia, July 17 – July 21, 2023
Virtual follow-up session on July 26, 2023

Join Philadelphia’s leading muralists and community arts leaders for a unique hybrid learning experience. This training is intended for artists and cultural workers interested in expanding their socially engaged artistic practice to include mural-making, and for muralists seeking to root community-centered approaches into all aspects of their work.

Led by a team of professional artists and arts administrators providing Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 40+ years of experience in project planning, community engagement strategy, and mural-making techniques, this cohort-centered experience provides 4 full days of in-person learning in Philadelphia in addition to a series of virtual instruction sessions.

The fee to participate is $2,500 per individual and includes a trial set of mural-making supplies.


Submit your application online here by: April 14, 2023
Confirmation of Registration and fees due by: May 5, 2023

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Muralist Training Program 

The 2024 Muralist Training Program schedule, dates, and application link will be posted in the Fall of 2023.
This is an 8-week program held annually in the Winter.

This application-based opportunity is subsidized by other training offered by the Mural Arts Institute with the goal of building the capacity of artists in Philadelphia.

The Muralist Training Program is designed for local artists who are representative of the diverse communities of Philadelphia and are interested in adapting their skills to community-based mural-making. It offers a cohort-based experience where artists learn and explore together:

  • A comprehensive overview of the community mural-making process – from contracts and developing a community engagement strategy to design approaches and mural production.
  • Instruction on mural-making techniques, the “cloth” (polytab) method, production materials, and promising practices.
  • An opportunity to acquire hands-on skills and share your work.

The fee to participate is $250 for local BIPOC artists, $500 for other local artists, $2,000 for non-local artists, and includes a trial set of mural-making supplies. Scholarships are available upon request.

The Muralist Training Program connects all the dots, puts faces to names with resourceful information.

- Khalid Dennis, MTP 2023 participant

This is a short, thorough, and sweet spot to learn from practitioners who know a lot.

- Lili Razi, MTP 2023 participant

What I loved most about the Muralist Training Program was learning different ways to engage the community while co-creating with them to bring visibility to issues I'm passionate about, like women's mental health and making an impact through art.

- Chanelle René, MTP 2023 participant