Mural Arts Institute

The Mural Arts Institute is dedicated to advancing research on and development of socially-engaged public art practices.

Established in 2017 as an initiative of Mural Arts Philadelphia, Mural Arts Institute’s approach is centered around connection: building networks, developing partnerships, and convening artists, community and partners to collaborate around participatory public art practices.

Our work is in service to a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We bring the Mural Arts model to other change-oriented cities across the country to help build their capacity to sustain community-driven public art projects. We work with artists, arts organizations, cultural institutions, municipal governments and more with the goal of igniting change with public art.

We offer learning focused on 

  • Designing projects to achieve social and economic impact
  • Integrating public art projects with robust engagement programs
  • Structuring long-term creative place-making strategies
  • Building and managing public/private partnerships
  • Leveraging grants and other resources while supporting fundraising efforts
  • Telling the story: evaluation, documentation, and communication of each project to demonstrate why it’s meaningful
  • Artist recruitment, selection, and management for projects
  • Murals, mosaics, and other public art production techniques
  • Project management tools and guidelines

Through our Art & Environment Capacity-Building Initiative, we have been supporting catalytic work in Memphis, Tennessee, Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Austin, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kern County, California. We are just beginning work with organizations in Chicago, Illinois, Louisville Kentucky, and Portland Oregon through the new PACE Initiative, and in Thessaloniki, Greece with ActionAid Hellas.

We have supported projects and programs in other locations across the United States, in Israel, Greece, Ireland and France.

It was much more than an artist workshop. This will help me move my abilities as a professional artist to the next level.

- Mural Arts Institute 2017 workshop participant

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The Mural Arts Institute is supported by The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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