As The Mural Arts Program highlights its focus beyond traditional mural-making into social practice we continue to be guided by a fundamental drive toward local participant as expert and coproduction.
Since May 1, Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ Transit passengers have been catching colorful glimpses of our newest public art installation with international contemporary artist, Katharina Grosse. Grosse is widely considered one of the most exciting and innovative abstract painters working today.
Artist Ben Volta is leading his assistants and the Restorative Justice Guild program through the final stages of creating a mural. Their work – titled Amplify – is being installed on the Union Transfer building at 11th and Spring Garden. Union Transfer is also the venue for our annual Wall Ball fundraiser later this month.
Written by Julius Ferraro and Shari Hersh
Last Saturday, with its cloudless sky and spring warmth, may have been the most perfect day of the year thus far, and we spent it outside. At the Conestoga Rec Center in West Philadelphia, Mural Arts’ Restored Spaces Initiative, the Trust for Public Land, and artists We the Weeds painted, snacked on cookies, and talked horticulture with community members.
Jamee Grigsby was always interested in art, but until she joined the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s after school workshops, she had no access to formal art education. In high school, Jamee was a part of an international exchange program with students from Dublin, Ireland. In that program, she had the opportunity to travel to Dublin and create collaborative art with the Irish students, such as a project about street signs, the law. She found direction in her life through Mural Arts. She says of the program, “without it I would’ve never truly pursued a career in art”.