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RFQ: Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Mural Arts), in collaboration with the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU), is proud to announce an exciting new mural project that will celebrate the East Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood. We seek an artist or artist team that will create an original voice for the community through the design and installation of a new iconic Philadelphia public artwork.

Concept: PFCU is partnering with Mural Arts to produce a mural that will celebrate the unique character of the neighborhood of East Kensington/Fishtown. The artist will be a member of the East Kensington/Fishtown arts community and bring fresh perspective to Mural Arts’ ever-growing outdoor gallery of public artworks. The artist will work with the community on one paint day at PFCU where neighbors can come together to paint a section of the mural. The dedication will happen at the 2016 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby &Arts Festival. Three finalists will be selected and contracted to create an original design for the mural. The three finalists will have their designs exhibited at the PFCU branch at 2136 E. Dauphin Street and on PFCU’s Facebook page for a two-week period, during which time community members will have the opportunity to cast their votes on the design that they would like to see as the final mural.

Goals for the Project:

  • Create a mural design that celebrates everything  the East Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood has to offer
  • Celebrate and raise the profile of the East Kensington/Fishtown arts and culture communities
  • Raise awareness of financial literacy and resources available to arts community, neighborhood residents and business owners
  • Bring community together around production of a public art piece

Site: Highly visible wall near PFCU in Fishtown

Community: Mural Arts is committed to giving a voice to communities through a collaborative and project-specific community engagement process. We ask that the artist attend community meetings, work with us to develop a community paint day that will allow neighborhood residents to be involved in the production of the mural, and to consider other innovative ways of involving the community in the mural-making process.

Fabrication and Installation: The choices in fabrication and installation are based on the artist’s preference combined with what is possible in the budget. Mural Arts has years of expertise and will work closely with the artist throughout the process. Nonetheless, artists submitting proposals should have a firm grasp of mural-making skills and their proposals must match the funding requirements. Mural Arts will be responsible for maintaining the mural after its completion. The artist may choose to design and paint the mural him or herself. The artist also has the option to consider having the design printed on parachute cloth through an independent contractor with whom Mural Arts works closely, and to then paint and install the parachute cloth on the wall.


Phase 1: Planning - May to July 2015

Phase 2: Select Three Finalists - August 2015

Phase 3: Community Voting/Meetings: - September to October 2015

Phase 4: Production/Paint Days - Winter 2015 to Spring 2016

Phase 5: Production and Completion - Spring 2016

Dedication Event: May 2016 at Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival

Budget: The artist will have a budget of $18,500, which includes artist fees (lead artist and assistants, travel) and materials (paint and sundries for the mural and any ancillary components).

Eligibility: This call is open to established and emerging artists, or an artist team, who live or work in the East Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and who have a strong desire to celebrate the neighborhood (see attached map for eligibility). Please provide your residential/business address to confirm eligibility.

Selection Schedule:

Deadline for Submissions: July31, 2015
Three Finalists Contracted: August 6, 2015
Final Designs Due: September 21, 2015
Design Exhibition at PFCU and Community Voting: September 28 to October 12, 2015
Final Selection Announced: Week of October 19, 2015

How to Respond:

Please send us the following elements:

  1. An Artist/Collaborative Statement of interest, two pages maximum, a) explaining how you would approach the project, including how you would engage the community in the conceptualization and/or creation of the project, b) describing relevant experience that would contribute to your success in completing this project, and c) confirming your availability to undertake this project within its timeline.
  2. A budget breakdown using the following as a general guideline:
    • Lead Artist/Designer Fee (including any travel)
    • Assistant Artists’ Fees
    • Paint, sundries or other materials
  1. An image identification form corresponding to the order in which the digital images are listed describing the medium used, dimensions, partners involved, and dates created.
  2. A current Resume and/or Bio
    • One page typed
    • Include names and contact information of up to three references

Please also submit up to eight (8) digital images of your artwork).

  • Collaborative teams may submit up to six (6) digital images per artist, but no more than 16 images total.
  •  All images must clearly be labeled with the artist’s last name, first name and number (order to be viewed)

Submissions can be mailed to:

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center
at the Thomas Eakins House
1727-29 Mount Vernon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130     

Submissions can be e-mailed to:              

Please contact with any questions.


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Art Education Project Manager

As a member of Mural Arts’ management team, he or she will be able to articulate goals and create strategies that serve not only departmental objectives, but also the mission of the organization, and build and maintain effective relationships among staff, artists, funders, and community partners. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have the skills required to engage and inspire youth aged 10 to 21 through the visual arts. This person will be dedicated to expanding youth opportunities that will empower them to share their voice, contribute to their communities and develop as leaders.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Create dynamic, innovative quality art projects in collaboration with the MAP leadership, teaching artists, contracted artists and students.
  • Ensure that projects are integrated into the project based learning curriculum.
  • Connect with the larger contemporary art scene locally, nationally and internationally to maintain knowledge of current developments in the field of socially engaged art.
  • Identify, initiate, and pursue new programmatic and project opportunities in collaboration with the leadership of the program.
  • Oversee the budget management of the art education projects.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Mural Arts’ partners.
  • Supervision and mentoring responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Facilitate production of all art education projects, from conception through completion, including:  oversight of contracts with artists and sub-contractors, site identification and securing of all necessary authorizations and permits; design review and approval of artwork; coordination and supervision of each project’s artist and/or artistic team; coordination of ordering, distribution and tracking of all project supplies and equipment.
  • Create and monitor project timelines.
  • Coordinate community outreach and events, including community meetings, paint days, and dedications.
  • Coordinate all art education project documentation, including images of final design, finished project, and written descriptions. 
  • Contribute to evaluation of and reporting to funders on project outcomes.

Qualifications include:

  • Strategic and creative thinker;
  • Demonstration of innovative thinking and implementation of art education and digital media initiatives;
  • Knowledge /Experience with national art education field, including best practices in community and project based education;
  • At least five years’ experience in an urban educational setting, preferably art-based, preferably working with under-served, at-risk, truant, and/or delinquent youth;
  • Ability to thrive in a high profile and fast-paced dynamic environment;
  • Not-for-profit administration and management experience in the arts, art education, education, or related field, including supervisory management of budgets, staff, projects, long-term partnerships, and short and long-range planning;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment;
  • MA in Education, Art Education, Arts Administration, related field or equivalent experience in field of education or art education;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, data management, graphic software, and web/internet utilization;
  • Up-to-date Child Abuse, FBI and Criminal clearances;

Competitive compensation, including health and dental benefits.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and salary requirements to with Art Education Project Manager in the subject line. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Deadline to apply: May 21, 2015.

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Artistic Director

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director and is the senior leader responsible for creating and advancing the organization’s artistic vision and directing its creative output. The Artistic Director works collaboratively with Mural Arts’ leadership, program directors and project managers, coordinating the artistic direction of each program within a broader curatorial framework for the entire organization and leading the development of signature projects. The Artistic Director is a visible, active member of Philadelphia’s cultural community, representing Mural Arts and its artistic vision to a wide range of public.


The Artistic Director is responsible for advancing the Mural Arts Program’s mission, and its underlying value that ART IGNITES CHANGE. Mural Arts realizes this mission through project-based programs and initiatives that produce 80-100 new works of public art each year, often in collaboration with the residents where the artwork is sited and/or with stakeholders related to the works’ subject or content. Projects are produced through a complex assortment of programs, some which have goals beyond artistic output. Three programs are organized to serve specific populations of individuals (Art Ed serves disadvantaged youth; Porch Light serves individuals in treatment for behavioral health afflictions; and Restorative Justice serves former and current inmates and severely at-risk young adults). Other programs do not serve direct participants, but create participatory public art projects across the city selected through a combination of staff planning, opportunity, requests from external stakeholders and artist proposals.

Most of Mural Arts’ recent projects fit within one of three broad, but distinct, trajectories of public practice: 1) Murals, the history of muralism, and the future of painting in public space; 2) Socially and ethically engaged art that foregrounds conversations and process over object, and that synergizes communities in co-production of artwork; and 3) Artistic projects that take multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to shape the city through urban art interventions. Mural Arts is increasingly interested in how its work fits within the broader contexts of contemporary art and public practice, and in the intersections of its work with current trends in social practice, socially-engaged art, and art and civic participation. Mural Arts’ leaders are committed to defining and measuring the quality of the work produced, in both the artistic output and the collaborative processes used to create them, and in becoming an innovative practitioner in the diverse fields in which it works.  

The Artistic Director will:

  • Lead the strategic development and advancement of an artistic vision and curatorial framework for Mural Arts’ full body of work and artistic programs; Establish standards (i.e. define and measure success) for curatorial framework’s application across the organization.
  • Serve as the organization’s lead artistic entrepreneur, staying abreast of trends in social practice, socially-engaged art, and community and public art; Articulate the vision for the organization’s artistic programs and profile within these contexts in industry and academic media and journals, and at conferences and events.  
  • Oversee and improve systems and processes that ensure artistic quality, including artist/curator recruitment and selection, design review, and artist professional development.
  • Develop 2-3 signature public art projects each year that strategically promote artistic vision of the organization.
  • Manage muraLAB and curatorial residency program, using both as resources to advance artistic vision and curatorial framework.
  • Create and steward National Artistic Advisory Board, and convene broad internal group around short and long-term artistic visioning.
  • Manage the Director of the Project Management Office, who supports 10 project managers across different programmatic functions of the organization; Serve as lead adviser around curatorial methods and functions to project managers on all projects being developed and executed.
  • Nurture and continue to build Mural Arts’ partnerships with artists, curators and creative institutions in Philadelphia and beyond; Develop a pipeline of potential creative collaborators.
  • Support the organization’s advancement by collaborating with the Development and Communication teams through scholarly and/or descriptive writing and reporting on projects and initiatives.


  • Passion for the mission and programs of Mural Arts; 
  • At least 10 years of leadership experience in a related field;
  • Track record of successfully partnering with artists, curators or producers to develop projects, exhibitions, or public/contemporary art installations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusiveness for artists and communities;
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience managing staff.

Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Relevant knowledge and experience. Knowledge of the current and historic work of artists in the public sphere, and of contemporary practice in the public sector, including social practice, socially engaged art, and community public art. Knowledge of local, national and international key professionals and organizations working in these fields and of current ideas and trends.
  • Education – Graduate level degree in a related field, including visual/cultural studies, art history, curatorial/museum studies, arts administration, art/museum education, community development, etc.
  • Strong Communicator – Ability to articulate persuasively the artistic vision for the organization. Capacity to represent Mural Arts inside and outside the organization with confidence, clarity and enthusiasm.
  • Willing and Able Collaborator  – Ability to create and maintain an effective working relationship with Mural Arts many internal and external collaborators, including artists, curators, city officials, grant makers, individual donors, businesses, members of the community, nonprofit leaders, and other partners.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest in the position and a resume or curricula vitae detailing their relevant experience to Interested applicants are advised to visit to learn more about the organization, its background and current initiatives. Deadline to apply:  Friday, May 29th.  No phone calls please.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arts and Artists Outdoors Environmental Artist-in-Residence Program

Arts and Artists Outdoors (A2O) is an environmental artist residency run by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Each artist is paired with a selected recreation center, where they work with youth to create a site-specific public artwork based on an ecological theme. A2O aligns Parks & Recreation’s objective to develop high-level practices and leadership in “out of school” activities with Mural Arts’ mission to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

Each A2O Artist In Residence leads two 2-hour art workshops for youth per week, for 10 weeks in fall 2015 and 10 weeks in spring 2016. A 6-week break between sessions is set aside to synthesize the work of the fall term into a plan for the spring term and the final project. Over the course of the residency the artist also leads four weekend workshops for the public. The Artist creates hands-on arts activities that are focused on an ecological theme in the local environment. The residency and workshops culminate in a temporary or permanent artwork that will be dedicated and housed at the recreation center.

A2O offers artists and youth the opportunity to create sustainable and site-specific artwork, and use their artistic talents to create a shared feeling of community and environmental stewardship.

Mural Arts will select 5 Lead Artists. Each artist commits to teaching in the fall and spring, and completes a final project by the end of the Spring session.

Fall 2015 session: Late September through early December

Winter 2016 planning period: Late January through February

Spring 2016 session: March through May

[Dates of the community workshop and final dedication will be determined by both the artist’s and the recreation center’s schedules.]  

Selection Criteria:

  • An artistic practice that incorporates ecological themes, environmental issues, nature and/or sustainability, or an interest in pursuing this kind of work.
  • Experience mentoring and teaching youth
  • Resides near or in Philadelphia. There will be no stipend for transportation.

Artist In Residence Responsibilities:

  • Lead youth workshops (age 10-14) twice weekly at recreation center. Each youth workshop is 2 hours long.
  • Lead 4 community workshops in total, 2 during the Fall session and 2 during the Spring session. Each workshop is 3 hours long. The last Spring workshop also serves as a dedication for the final project.
  • Create final temporary or permanent artwork by the end of the Spring session to live at the recreation center.
  • Manage an Assistant Teaching Artist.
  • Purchase classroom and project supplies ($1000 stipend will be provided).
  • Create work plan or curriculum, which outlines goals of weekly classes and workshops.
  • Develop site-specific project proposal during Winter Planning Session and participate in the Mural Arts Program’s design review process, incorporating feedback as needed.
  • Communicate regularly with Program Coordinator to get support
  • Attend Program Orientations with Recreation Center staff, Parks and Recreation, and Mural Arts in September 2015 and February 2016 (TBD).


Artists In Residence receive a commission fee of $2000 for the research, design and production of the final artwork. Each Artist also receives $25 per hour for up to 120 hours of teaching and classroom prep time. Materials expenses are also covered up to $1000.

Assistant Teaching Artist:

Each Artist In Residence will be supported in and out of the classroom by an Assistant Teaching Artist. Assistants receive $15 per hour for up to 160 hours of work.

Assistant responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to Artist In Residence during twice weekly workshops
  • Help with set up and break down for every workshop, 30 minutes before and after each class
  • Provide support to Artist In Residence before, during and after four community workshops
  • Assist Recreation Leader with outreach (hand out flyers, talk to local schools or churches, etc.)
  • Assist Artist In Residence with completion of final artwork
  • Collect class registrations and track attendance of weekly workshops using an online database
  • Take photo documentation and update the Mural Arts Tumblr biweekly

Applicants interested in the Assistant position can use the same residency application form below.


The A2O Residency application and Assistant Teaching Artist application can be found online at:



Early Decision – first selection period, all positions may be filled.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015.

Summer Deadline – second application period, may be cancelled if qualified candidates are secured in May.

Friday, August 29th, 2015.

For more information, go to

Questions? Please contact
Aislinn Pentecost-Farren
A2O Coordinator
(215) 685-0726 (phone)

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