Our Community Murals initiative is deeply rooted in Mural Arts’ beginnings as a grassroots platform for the voices of everyday citizens. We collaborate with community members to imagine and lead projects that build social capital, develop a sense of communal ownership over space, represent diversity, and empower people to make change in their city.
Community Mural projects often highlight important figures and themes from Philadelphia’s history. A rigorous behind-the-scenes process provides community members with the tools and creative space to envision and then express what their stories look like in a public space.
The resulting artworks bring together neighbors and new friends, lifting up our leaders and heroes—visual reminders of who we are, who we have been, and where we are going.