Art Ignites Change
Thirty Five Years
We started with a spark and a mission to ignite change through the power of public art. Art that empowers communities, transforms spaces, and brings people together.
Art that ignites change in people, in neighborhoods, in our city, and beyond.
In 1984, Mural Arts is established as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.
Artist Jane Golden reaches out to graffiti writers in order to redirect their energies into constructive public art projects. Mural Arts’ collective mural-making process proves to be a powerful tool for generating dialogue, building relationships, empowering communities, and sparking economic revitalization.
Well-known portrait muralist Kent Twitchell creates Dr. J at 1219 Ridge Avenue, integrating superior artwork with a subject significant to the community. This is the first mural installed using the parachute cloth method.View Artwork
Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, a private nonprofit, is incorporated to advise and support Mural Arts Philadelphia. Within the municipal government, Mural Arts is transferred from Anti-Graffiti to the Department of Recreation.Learn about our mission
Amidst neighborhood tensions in Grays Ferry, Peace Wall is painted. The mural helps residents find common ground through art, becoming a symbol of hope and unity.View Artwork
Meg Saligman paints Common Threads at Broad and Spring Garden Streets. Soaring eight stories above Broad Street, it remains one of the most iconic mural images.View Artwork
Their Royal Highnesses Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, make a historic visit to Philadelphia and spend the afternoon with Mural Arts.
Mural Arts collaborates with internationally-renowned artist Steve Powers on A Love Letter For You, a series of more than 50 rooftop murals and street-level signs along the Market Street corridor in West Philadelphia.View Artwork
Mural Arts completes a new mural project, Legendary, by Amber Arts & Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, that honors GRAMMY Award winners, The Roots.View artwork
Mural Arts celebrates 30 years of participatory public artmaking with an exhibition, events, and a special edition book.Beyond the Paint
Open Source, the largest outdoor public art exhibition in Philadelphia, engages artists from across the globe, including JR, Shepard Fairey, SWOON, the Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, and more.Learn More About Open Source
In the fall of 2017, Monument Lab presented a guiding central question to more than 20 of the most dynamic contemporary artists working in Philadelphia and around the world: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?Monument Lab
In a partnership with Mural Arts, artist Amy Sherald brought her work to Center City Philadelphia.Untitled Amy Sherald Project
Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park, a unique festival that combined audio-visual art installations and diverse music performances, all shaped by their surroundings. Above and below the city streets, the installations celebrated and imagined the past, present, and future of Philadelphia’s Rail Park.Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park