Art Ignites Change Podcast

Inviting you to be part of the change

Welcome to Art Ignites Change, a podcast by Mural Arts Philadelphia. 

This podcast explores the history and future of public art in Philadelphia, and around the world. We’ll be looking at public art projects and programs from current and historical perspectives to build a greater understanding of the transformative power of creativity.

Art Ignites Change has been the mantra of Mural Arts Philadelphia for the last 35 years. With this podcast, we invite you to join us in being part of that change!

Episode 6: To the Polls 

To the Polls 2020 is a temporary mural project in iconic LOVE Park aimed at exciting Philadelphia’s electorate. And today, we talk with two of the project’s participating artists, as well as one of the artists from our To the Polls 2018 iteration, about their murals and the value of civic public art. Meet artists Kah Yangni, Candy Alexandra González, and Blur!

Episode 5: What Does Justice Look Like? 

As the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia, artist James “Yaya” Hough worked to humanize people living and working within systems of criminal justice by cultivating relationships and connections through his artmaking. In conversation with curator Paul Farber, Hough explains the creative process behind the resulting work, Points of Connection, which raises the question: “What does justice look like?”

Episode 4: Murals in Memphis 

Meet Lauren Kennedy, the Executive Director of Memphis, Tennessee’s UrbanArt Commission! The UrbanArt Commission is a non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for artists and neighborhoods to connect and shape spaces through public art, and the Mural Arts Institute was lucky to collaborate with them in 2019. In today’s podcast, we talk with Lauren about some past, present, and future Commission projects, about how Memphis thinks about public art making, and about their connections to Philadelphia’s long history of investment in art in the public space.

Episode 3: Painting Our Common Threads 

In today’s episode, Mural Art’s Chief Operating Officer, Magda Martinez, hosts artists Meg Saligman and Cesar Viveros Herrera to tell the story of what is arguably Philadelphia’s most popular mural, “Common Threads”. From its unexpected origin to its uncertain future, we get a behind the scenes look at the making of Philly public art history!

Episode 2: Emerging 

Join episode host Greg Corbin, Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restorative Justice program, and artist Mary Baxter, for a conversation about a current Mural Arts project, Emerge. Making use of traditional and modern ideas of public space, the project is distributing PSAs created by local artists that are a direct response to COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. #WeWillEmerge

Episode 1: Public Art in the Pandemic 

In our first episode, arts advocate Conrad Benner interviews Mural Arts’ Founder and Executive Director Jane Golden to discuss the future of public art in the wake of COVID-19.

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The Art Ignites Change podcast is produced by Conrad Benner. Our sound editor is Mike Mihalick.

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