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Project Manager – Porch Light

Manages a portfolio of community based public art projects on a wide range of themes around mental and behavioral health working with a variety of mental health agencies and service providers across Philadelphia in a partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.


Project planning and implementation includes:

  • Logistics management
  • Budget development, monitoring and compliance
  • Negotiating and managing fees, timelines, contracts, and performance expectations
  • Managing artists, assistant artists and other contractors
  • Communication with the full range of stakeholders including community members, funders, internal staff, site partners, faculty, and students
  • Partnership development and maintenance
  • Engaging the public and negotiating community concerns
  • Collaborating on project-specific marketing and public relations efforts
  • Planning and implementation of project-specific public meetings, events and programs
  • Utilizing internal project management protocols
  • Working with Program Director and Teaching Artists on implementation of project-based programming at each partner site
  • Ongoing site visits to program and workshop sites
  • Manage one artist residency program in the Southeast by Southeast storefront

Building strong, meaningful and lasting relationships with community members is a key responsibility of the Project Manager. They serve as an ambassador of Mural Arts in project communities at all times, while accompanying the artist through their creative process. The Project Manager will be expected to work some nights and weekends as project work demands.


The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in project management. A background in the visual arts or other creative processes is important and knowledge of public or contemporary art or muralism a plus. He/she will be detailed oriented and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. He/she should be able to juggle many tasks and to maintain focus in a fast-paced, high pressure environment. Ability to reorder priorities, delegate and multi-task – with ease and grace – a must. He/she must also be able to work well with many different kinds of people in diverse settings. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of organizational finance and project management software and a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Program, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, political savvy, and a respect for teamwork are critical to success in this position.

Additional Requirements Include:

Requires a BA or BS in related field, or equivalent experience and knowledge. At least three years of experience in small and large scale project development and management. Previous experience with budgets, purchasing, inventory, staffing and short and long range planning required.

Please send salary requirements

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

To Apply

Please provide cover letter, resume, and references by July 31st addressed to Laure Biron, Porch Light Program Director at No Phone Calls or Recruiters.

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Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving

The Manager for Individual and Corporate Giving will help diversify Mural Arts’ base of support by increasing the size and number of gifts made by individuals and corporations.  This position is full time and reports to Mural Arts’ Director of Development. The successful candidate will also work closely with a Major Gifts Consultant, the Executive Director, and Board and Advisory Council leadership.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to develop and execute our annual campaign and targeted fundraising campaigns.
    • Proposing giving levels and benefits for individuals and corporations.
    • Collaborating with our marketing and design teams to develop written and graphic materials to support fundraising outreach.
    • Editing and personalizing written acknowledgment, conducting phone outreach, and ensuring that donors’ expectations are being met.
    • Meeting with mid-level donors to assess their interest in increased involvement.
    • Testing interventions for increasing donor response and helping analyze results.
    • Evaluating the success of individual giving campaigns and assisting in strategizing future campaigns.
  • Supporting donor-oriented events designed to draw people closer to the work of the organization, including:
    • Small events such as private receptions hosted in donors’ homes, at partner sites, or at Mural Arts’ facilities. Specific tasks include guest recruitment and outreach, developing the content for the events’ programs, working with a consulting event manager to ensure success.
    • Wall Ball, our fundraiser for 650 guests. Provide support to the Wall Ball Committee, manage sponsor outreach and response, and support a consulting event planner.
  • Stewarding/cultivating an assigned portfolio of key individual and corporate stakeholders.
    • Working with Director of Development and Major Gifts Consultant to research donor interests and craft a series of stewardship actions for each donor.
    • Work closely with influencers on the board and advisory council to maximize outreach.
    • Liaise with Manager for Institutional Relations to ensure that family foundations are stewarded properly.
  • Conducting routine prospect research on individuals and corporate prospects.
  • Helping to develop public art projects and/or events requested by corporations, in collaboration with artistic staff.
  • Representing Mural Arts at public events.
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required. 

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record in individual giving.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to meet departmental goals. 
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia arts and culture landscape preferred.
  • Experience managing donor events preferred.
  • More than five years experience in the field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Please provide a resume and cover letter addressed to Caitlin Butler, Director of Development, at  Please state salary requirements in your cover letter.  Candidates who advance in our selection process will be asked to submit writing samples.  Deadline: 6/30/15 

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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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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