Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 4 September 2015 by Isabelle Singer-Kaufold

Dedication: The Johnny Sample Mural

On a sweltering Saturday at the end of August, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program dedicated a mural of Johnny Sample at the Cobbs Creek Community Center.  The dedication was initially set to be an intimate gathering, but the chairs filled quickly, and people soon began to spill out onto the sidewalk, all listening intently to the speakers at the podium. 

Posted 25 August 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Open Source in 15 Seconds: MOMO

As a part of our city-wide Open Source exhibition, New Orleans-based artist MOMO stepped in to the classroom. Partnering with our Arts Education program and students from Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School (K-CAPA) and Freire Charter School, MOMO worked with students for four hours a day, teaching them about practical geometry and using geometry exercises to enliven the math concepts.

Posted 19 August 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Interview: Jessie Unterhalter, co-creator of Summer Kaleidoscope

Artist Jessie Unterhalter, who, with her partner Katey Truhn, painted Summer Kaleidoscope at The Oval, sat down for a few minutes to share her thoughts on the process.

Photography and videography by Dave Tavani

Posted 13 August 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

25 Stories High: Installing JR's "Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia"

If you’re walking through Center City, it’s hard to miss the giant black and white figure looming on the side of the Graham Building. The massive work is on a 25 story building, visible enough to become an addition to the city skyline. So how did this impressive, moving, huge portrait of a street food vendor end up looking out over Center City?

tags: JR, Open Source
Posted 12 August 2015 by Carly Rapaport-Stein

Frankly Speaking

Wrapped around the corner of Pine and 13th Streets, a number of faces peer out from the walls. The first time I passed by a few years ago, I looked for an indication of what the business was, but there was no name and no sign to be found. There’s still no indication that the business is a bar or even that it has a name, but that is, I later found out, by its own quirky choice to preserve some anonymity.