Mural Arts Philadelphia exists to provide transformative experiences, progressive discourse, and economic stimulus to the City of Philadelphia through participatory public art that beautifies, advocacy that inspires, and educational programming and employment opportunities that empower.

Through a global pandemic, civil and cultural upheaval, and financial uncertainty, Mural Arts continues to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process rooted in the traditions of mural-making to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. However, the work we do would not be possible if it weren’t for the communities that inspire us daily with their extraordinary creativity, unyielding passion, and true grit. So, for this year’s Mural Arts Month, presented by Chase, we chose the theme of Resilience as both a recognition and celebration of the people of Philadelphia and the art that makes our city the “Mural Capital of the World.”

The New Day © 2021 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Felix St. Fort, Eakins Oval. Photo by Felix St. Fort.

Join us throughout October for an activity-filled month that will feature mural dedications, panel discussions, community events, artist spotlights, a film screening, mural tours, and more.

Some highlights for Mural Arts Month are 

  • A panel discussion and dedication for Point of Triangulation, a new mural by Michelle Jones & Deborah Willis designed to visually depict a choice that an observer has to make: whether or not to stigmatize a person based on the fact that they are formerly incarcerated.
  • The dedication of two new murals, entitled Lovely Day and Opposing Forces, painted by participants of Mural Arts’ Color Me Back: A Same Day Work and Pay Program. The innovative initiative combines participatory art-making and access to social services in a unique model, offering individuals experiencing economic insecurity an opportunity to earn wages. From October 12 through November 18, visitors can tour the SEPTA Broad Street concourse and see the work in person for free guided by a participant of the program Monday-Thursday, 12-1 pm.
  • An exhibition at Rush Arts Philadelphia of artwork from our 2021 cohort for Mural Arts’ Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists. In its second year, the Fellowship, presented by TD Bank, supported 20 artists with $2,000 each in unrestricted funding.
  • Making Home Movies, a signature project from Mural Arts’ Porch Light program, will screen a series of new short films at Mifflin Square Park. In its second iteration, the project is a community-building partnership that brings together adult and youth English language learners with filmmakers and community leaders to explore the language and imagery of home.
  • A Climate Justice Initiative mural projection at the Cherry Street Pier, fueled by the words and experiences of front-line BIPOC organizers, activists, and artists fighting for climate justice.
  • The dedication of Declaration, a poignant mural conceived by fellows of  Mural Arts’ Philadelphia Reimagining Re-Entry Fellowship.
  • All month long, Mural Tours led by professionally-trained guides allow participants to explore and learn about the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. 

Presenting Sponsor 

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Mural Arts Month Events 

Mural Arts Month Kickoff & We Are Universal Mural Dedication (September 28)

Compass Map Mural Dedication (September 29)

Climate Justice Initiative Website Launch and panel discussion (October 1)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 2)

Coltrane Unearthed: Community Workshop (October 2)

PhillyCam Workshop (October 2)

West Philadelphia Walking Tour (October 2)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 3)

Spring into the Arts Walking Tour (October 3)

Point of Triangulation: Intersection of Identity Panel Discussion (October 4)

Point of Triangulation: Intersection of Identity Mural Dedication (October 5)

Finding Our Happy Mural Dedication (October 8)

Fellowship for Black Artists Exhibition (October 8)

Masterpieces East Trolley Tour (October 9)

Coltrane Unearthed: Community Workshop (October 9)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 9)

Making Home Movies 2: Screening & Celebration (October 9)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 10)

New Bella Vistas Walking Tour (October 10)

uCity Square Mural Dedications (October 12)

Color Me Back Tours (October 12 - November 18)

“Finding Our Happy” Artist Talk (October 13)

Mural Arts Institute Presents: Panel Discussion (October 14)

Routing for You Mural Dedication (October 15)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 16)

Tacony Lab: Resident Artist & Instructor Art Showcase (October 16)

Coltrane Unearthed: Community Workshop (October 16)

New Bella Vistas Walking Tour (October 16)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 17)

Spring into the Arts Walking Tour (October 17)

Colored Conventions: Design Reveal (October 18)

Mural Arts Month Running Tour (October 20)

Messages to Our Neighbors Project Dedication (Sifuentes) (October 20)

New Freedom Theater Mural Dedication (October 22)

Coltrane Unearthed: Sharing Stories of Strawberry Mansion Legends (October 23)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 23)

West Philly Inspired Walking Tour (October 23)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 24)

New Bella Vistas Walking Tour (October 24)

Guild Graduation & Butterfly Lakes Mural Dedication (October 25)

Magic Hour Mural Dedication (October 26)

Climate Justice Initiative Mural Projection and Celebration (October 27)

Declaration Mural Dedication (October 28)

Mural Mile Center City Walking Tour (October 30)

Spring Into The Arts Walking Tour (October 30)