Murals on the Move

Coming soon to your block: exciting, hands-on art activities!

Murals on the Move  

Coming soon to your rec center: exciting, hands-on art activities! Murals on the Move is a partnership of Mural Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to expand art classes around the city, unite communities, and transform public space.

Murals on the Move is a converted Parks & Recreation van with a colorful and graphic exterior. Inside, the van is outfitted with supplies for a range of art-making activities. Led by trained Mural Arts Teaching Artists Paige Colditz and Santi Castro, the van operates Monday through Thursday during three two-month semesters (summer, fall, and spring). Each recreation center will receive three visits. Over the course of three semesters, each of the 30 participating recreation centers will receive three visits. Each visit will serve 15-30 students. We also provide an intensive summer session at 22 locations throughout the city, reaching over 600 students.  When you see our colorful van, fully stocked with arts supplies, you can look forward to creating fun, vibrant art that represents you and your community.

We were thrilled to recently unveil an exciting new mural wrap for this crucial vehicle that brings art education to students throughout the city. Artist Carolina Gomez worked with Paige, Santi, and their students to reimagine the van wrap with a brand-new look. Carolina is a graphic designer and illustrator with a bachelor of fine arts degree in Graphic Design from Temple/Tyler School of Art. She has worked as an assistant muralist and an assistant teaching artist with Mural Arts Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

The Murals on the Move program seeks to deepen connections between young people and their communities/rec centers, foster positive relationships among youth and between youth and adults, and instill pride among young people who see their work displayed in public, provide basic art-making skills, and inspire students to pursue more in-depth art education.

Summer Recreation Center and Playground Sites included: Fisher Park, Simons, Feltonville, Eastwick Regional, C.B. Moore, East Passyunk, 12th & Cambria, Picariello, Amos, Samuel, Torresdale Playground, American Legion, Michael Palmer, Waterloo, Sturgis, Capitolo, 8th & Diamond, Hawthorne Cultural Center, Waterview, Marian Anderson, Piccoli, and Markward. Every recreation center will receive final artwork created by the artist, community, and teens so that they can put the art on display for the public.

The program is funded by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Caroline Alexander Buck Foundation.


Contact Information 

phone: (215)-685-0726
fax: (215) 685-0757

Presented By 

Additional support provided by 

City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and the Caroline Alexander Buck Foundation.


Knight Foundation
The Partnership for Healthy Cities
Philadelphia Health Department
Resolve Philadelphia
Vital Strategies