Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 10 February 2016 by Meg Wolensky

Meet the Mural Arts Staff: Ellissa Collier

At Mural Arts, we believe it’s important to take a moment to get to know your team and to highlight their strengths. This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Ellissa Collier, our Youth Restorative Justice Program Manager in the Art Education Department, about the power of art, mentorship, and yoga.

Meg: So let’s start with the basics. Where are you from, what do you do, and what brought you to the city of brotherly love?

Posted 2 February 2016 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

A Mural Arts January in Pictures

Winter weather never keeps us inside for too long! Here's a look at some of the projects and events that brightened our January calendar.

Philadelphia iconography and inside references abound in Steve Powers’ latest work, Philadelphia.


Posted 27 January 2016 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

A Welcoming Atmosphere: Painting with the Mural Training Program

As an undergraduate at Muhlenberg, Nancy Marcus Newman double-majored in art and political science, then obtained a law degree after college. During a career working with nonprofit organizations, Nancy kept painting, and eventually decided to pursue art full-time. Nancy was a student in this fall’s Mural Training Program, and her painting is currently on exhibit in the gallery at the Thomas Eakins House through February 26. Read on for Nancy’s thoughts on the creative process and her experiences with Mural Arts.

Posted 21 January 2016 by Meg Wolensky

Decoding the Mural: Highlights from Steve Powers' newest mural

Contemporary artist Steve Powers has contributed some memorable imagery to Philadelphia and New York’s graffiti scenes.

Posted 19 January 2016 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

"Full of Divergent Possibilities" : An interview with Candy Chang

Throughout the next few months, artist Candy Chang will visit Philadelphia as she works to create a new project with Mural Arts. Candy’s artistic output lies in an interesting intersection - the place where art and mental health meet and influence each other. Her artwork examines that connection, finding notes of both lightheartedness and profundity through art.