Kensington Storefront

Working together toward community resilience


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About the Hub 

The Kensington Storefront builds on the work done in other parts of Porch Light, an ongoing partnership between Mural Arts, and the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIdS). Over the past five years, Mural Arts has expanded its impact in neighborhoods with the development and maintenance of storefront hubs, such as Southeast by Southeast in South Philadelphia, and Northeast Passage in Northeast Philadelphia. These physical spaces have paved the way for better connections with local communities and organizations, thanks to a dedicated footprint and extended time for interactions with staff and artists.

There are many organizations engaged in Kensington, all working toward uplifting the resilience of a community fractured by substance use, crime, and housing insecurity. The storefront serves as a workshop for visiting artists, a safe space for neighbors, and a learning hub for anyone interested in art-making, personal and public safety, or self-care—but it also serves as a hub for area organizations, with the intention of working more effectively together. Public programming at the storefront and in various locations throughout Kensington creates opportunities for community members to speak for themselves in a profoundly public way, and connects individuals to organizations that provide services and referrals that they might not otherwise encounter.

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Recent Press 

Philadelphia Inquirer: Can this tiny storefront save Philly’s most drug-ravaged neighborhood?
NewsWorks: Combatting opioids with paint: Mural Arts sets up shop in heart of epidemic
Fox 29: Porch Light for artists trying to make Kensington brighter in every way


Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIdS)
Impact Services
Independence Blue Cross
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC)
Prevention Point


Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Department of Licenses & Inspections
Drug Enforcement Administration Philadelphia Field Division
Hummingbird Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
TD Charitable Foundation