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”.
If the snow kept you inside last night, but you still wished you’d been able to attend Jane Golden and David Updike’s talk at the Free Library, you’re in luck. It’s available for download today.
Golden and Updike talked about our newest book, Mural Arts @ 30 and the growth of Mural Arts over the past 30 years. Golden delivered a passionate and inspiring case for the value of public art and the ways in which it shapes individuals and communities.
You may remember us asking you to choose 3 murals that you’d like to see set to music. Now, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, we’re putting out a call to local composers to write an original piece for each of the selected murals. Winning work will be performed at a series of community concerts at each mural site. Interested? Here are the murals: