This year, countless blue bikes have hit Philadelphia's streets with the new Indego bike share program. Now, in a partnerhsip with Indego, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities and the Better Bike Share Partnership, we've release 10 "unicorn" bikes into the program. Unicorn bikes are custom bikes that differ from the standard Indego colorway and design.
Today, we are honored to announce that we are among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $415,000 in Southwest Philadelphia to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. ArtPlace selected Mural Arts from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants.
This evening, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced that the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has received a grant for A Desert Home Companion, an upcoming performance-based project with Philadelphia’s Iraq War and Iraqi refugee communities.
Last Friday, we kicked off our Open Source exhibition with a party celebrating the exhibition and the installation of Jonathan Monk's sculptures Steps and Pyramid at Paine's Park. It was a great time, and we have to give a big thank you to Delicias, Local 215, and Little Baby's Ice Cream for food, Chill Moody and DJ Ricochet for music, and the Department of Recreation and the Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund for the site.
Today, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored 31 outstanding public arts projects created in 2014 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized today at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.