Local Muralist Training

Philadelphia Muralist Training Program 

Muralist Training Program dates and application available!

Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Dates: January 10, 17, 21, 31 & February 7, 14, 21, 25, 2023
Bonus in-person production session on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 fee to participate is $250 for local BIPOC artists, $500 for other local artists, $2,000 for non-local artists. Scholarships are available upon request and a childcare stipend is available for the in-person session on Saturday, February 25.

All participants will receive a small trial-set of mural-making supplies.

Submit your application online here by December 7, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2022
Completion of Registration by: December 23, 2022

This training program is designed for local artists who are representative of the diverse communities of Philadelphia and are interested in adapting their skills to public 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 series of eight sessions are outlined below:

Session #1 – Intro to Mural Arts Philadelphia & Project Process Overview

  • January 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #2 – Community Engagement in Project Planning

  • January 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #3 – Community Engagement in the Design Process

  • January 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #4 – Site Selection & Design to Wall

  • January 31, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #5 – Design Approaches

  • February 7, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #6 – Intro: Photoshop for Muralists (basic Photoshop skills required)

  • February 14, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #7 – Budgets, Timelines & Contracts

  • February 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Session #8 – Production & Design Critique

  • February 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (in person)

Space is limited. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the portfolio and skill level
  • Demonstrated dedication to local, regional Philadelphia, community-based work and issues

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Lived experience as or demonstrated deep allyship with Black, Indigenous, People of Color, queer, trans, disabled, and/or working-class folks in Philadelphia and the region.
  • Historical institutional exclusion from traditional spaces of artist training and education.

Community-Catalyst Incubator for Mural Artists, 2 Weeks this summer!
Schedule: Week 1 Virtual, Week 2 In Person in Philadelphia
Dates: Summer 2023 (specific dates TBD)

This training is ideal for artists and cultural workers looking to launch their changemaking, community-driven mural making practice or for muralists looking to infuse their practice with a community-centered approach. This experience is led by a team of professional artists and administrators providing Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 35+ years of experience in project planning, community engagement strategy, mural-making techniques, and more.

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


Submit your application online here by February 17, 2023
Confirmation of Registration and fees due by: March 3, 2023*
*There is a minimum number of students required for the class to take place, so please apply and confirm registration promptly.

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