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The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is seeking performers with experience and training in Theater of the Oppressed methodologies for part time project based employment on a new place-based project.  Part time performers will engage as part of community activities that will take place in June and July 2015. This is a paid opportunity. 


Please submit cover letter and resume no longer than one page to with “Call for Performers” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is Monday, May 4, 2015.

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Senior Accountant

The Senior Accountant is responsible for all accounting details leading up to the month-end financial close and supervises the Finance Coordinator, Finance and Admin Specialist, and Accounting and Personnel Specialist positions.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the general ledger month-end close and presentation of the balance sheet and income statement results and analysis to Vice President of Finance
  • Responsible for the preparation of general ledger entries and reconciliations for month closing to close books in a timely manner
  • Oversee the cash receipts, accounts payable and payroll functions
  • Responsible for Cash Management and ensuring that all restricted funds are ‘earmarked” and allocated correctly.
  • Responsible for monthly grant tracking and preparation of  monthly grant analysis
  • Supervises grant reimbursement invoices and funder financial reports as required
  • Assistance with annual audit and budget preparation
  • Responsible for all balance sheet analyses and/or reconciliations
  • Responsible for all project analyses which involves tracking of all projects to funders and ensuring restricted funds are correctly allocated
  • Responsible for monthly project management meetings to assist mangers with their understanding of budget vs. actuals
  • Responsible for tracking Revenue against budget and following up with Development on any issues with funding
  • Responsible for maintaining a Government/Grants contracts database ensuring proper tracking against conformed/approved budgets
  • Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Accounting
  • Five years of experience in non-profit accounting
  • Blackbaud Financial Edge experience a plus
  • Auditing skills with the ability to research and reconcile complicated accounts
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Microsoft Excel experience
  • Detail oriented and organized in work
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.

Salary: Salary low 60s, including health and dental benefits.

For further information on the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, please visit

To Apply

Please provide cover letter with salary requirements, resume and references by April 30th to

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2015 Summer Internship - Inventory and Condition Assessment of Murals

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is offering six internships during the summer of 2015.  The internships will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in public art management by way of an extensive inventory and conditions assessment of the extensive number of murals throughout the city. Interns will work in teams of two under the supervision of Mural Arts staff and consulting conservator to enter information into a database using computer tablets.

This important project results from a strategic plan and associated stewardship study in 2013.  It marks the beginning of a process of collecting and organizing data about the collection. Interns will gain valuable field experience in public art and collections management, preservation and conservation, and information management.   

This eight -week internship will begin on May 18, 2015 and end on July 10, 2015.

Stipend: $2,000

Access to a car is needed by one member of each team.

Mileage will be reimbursed.

Required Abilities and Interests:

  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently in the field as a member of a team.
  • Physical stamina to work 8 hours /day out of doors in various summer weather conditions
  • Familiarity with data entry
  • Interest in public art, collections management, and murals
  • Familiarity with computer tablets
  • Enthusiasm 

Additional Desired Abilities

  • Knowledge of the City of Philadelphia
  • Knowledge of mural painting materials and techniques
  • Interest in art, especially public art
  • Interest in art and architectural conservation and historic preservation

Please enclose a cover letter and resume to by April 22, 2015. If you have questions about the opportunity, please email with Subject:  “Mural Arts Summer Survey”.

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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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