Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 25 November 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Returning to Society

Jane Golden, the executive director at Mural Arts, had some reflections on our Restorative Justice Program. The first part is excerpted below, but head over to Billy Penn to read the full article. 

Posted 12 November 2015 by Kate Jacobi

Dedication: Tribute to Battalion Chief Michael Goodwin, Sr.

Kate Jacobi is a project manager, designer and photographer based in Philadelphia. Kate has worked for the Mural Arts Program for more than 5 years, and currently serves as a project manager in the Community Murals department, where she oversees mural restorations. Since the spring of 2015, Kate has been working on the "Tribute to Battalion Chief Michael Goodwin" project, which also honors all First Responders and Veterans. Read on for Kate's experience on the project as we get ready to dedicate the mural this weekend. 

Posted 12 November 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge Builds Creative Community Paths

The following is an excerpt from Jane Golden’s recent op-ed in Next City. Check out the full text here, and join us on Friday for the convening!

Posted 9 November 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Neat and Messy: Reflections on the Neighborhood Time Exchange

Dave Kyu is a socially engaged artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Philadelphia. Dave has worked in various capacities for the Mural Arts Program, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Fleisher Art Memorial, and is currently a Social Practice Lab artist-in-residence with the Asian Arts Initiative. Over the past nine months, Dave served as the Project Manager for the Neighborhood Time Exchange, a residency that explored intersections between art and the community. Read on for Dave's reflections on the project.

Posted 4 November 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Open Source in 15 Images

14 artists, 40 events and tours, and one whirlwind month later, Open Source is a wrap. Throughout the exhibition, there were innumerable meaningful moments - instances of learning, playing, making, and understanding. There’s no way to encompass the variety and vastness within one summary, but in thinking back over the month, I can start the reflection process by sharing some highlights. Here’s Open Source in 15 images, all courtesy of Mural Arts’ fantastic photographer, Steve Weinik.