Mural Arts Month

Mural Arts Month

Each October brings Mural Arts Month, a celebration of public art. Join us for a diverse array of events.

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Giving Voice to Homeless Youth

Giving Voice to Homeless Youth

journey2home has been a two-year long project to increase awareness about young people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

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Mapping Freire

Mapping Freire

Our newest mural in center city Philadelphia.

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psychylustro

psychylustro

How can a train ride become a voyage of the imagination?

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Lotus Diamond by Shepard Fairey

Lotus Diamond by Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey and his team worked with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to produce his first large-scale mural in the city

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Amplify

Amplify

A new mural by Ben Volta and the Guild Program at Union Transfer

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Get to Know Us

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the United States. Look here for a brief overview of our programs and initiatives. Explore our history, search for job openings and more.

"I always liked art, but I never had experience before I came here. You can express your feelings through art."

Antoine, 13 years old

"Art heals, art unites, and art changes minds in convincing fashion. Art drives the agenda. Great art is never silent, can’t be ignored and serves poorly the status quo."

Mural Arts Core Value

Take a Tour

Take the Official Tour of the Mural Capital of the World year-round with one of our expert guides

Explore Our Programs

399 inmates and Youth in residential placement centers engaged in Restorative Justice.

66% of ex-offenders return to prison within three years of their release. Through 2011, only 10% of re-entry workers employed by Mural Arts re-offended within a year of their release.

1500 Youth

100% Graduation Rate

MuralArts provides more than 1500 underserved youth with a positive learning experience every year.

Supporting the Creative Economy

Each year Mural Arts employs more than 250 artists, as muralists, assistant artists and instructors, contributing $2.2 million to Philadelphia's creative economy. 

muraLAB

To push our creative boundaries we are developing an experimental creativity hub at Mural Arts called muraLAB. 

Community Investment

Mural Arts Projects are one of the top five investments the city can make on commercial corridors, reducing blight, increasing retail sales, and raising property values (Econsult Corporation 2009).

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Posted 28 October 2014 by Steve Weinik

One-on-One With Ernel Martinez

Ernel Martinez came to Philadelphia twelve years ago as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he took a class with Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program. Since then, Martinez has featured prominently in Mural Arts’ body of work, having worked as a lead or assistant artist in close to 30 projects across Philadelphia. His latest, ASpire: No Limits will be dedicated Saturday November 8.

You’ve worked with Mural Arts for more than a decade. What are some of the projects that are closest to you?

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