Murals can be great for a lot of things: bringing communities together, inspiration, visually illustrating history, brightening up a wall, and so much more. But what if you simply want to find your car? As I discovered last month on a visit to Detroit, murals can do that, too. The results are spectacular.
This morning Jane Golden, our founder and Executive Director, appeared as a guest on CNBC's Squawk Box to explain how we leverage public and private dollars to accomplish great things in Philadelphia and beyond. Anchors Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin were amazed by all that we've accomplished, and dubbed the segment a "home run." We agree. In case you missed it, you can watch the segment above.
This afternoon, we announced Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, one of our major projects for 2015. Open Source is a groundbreaking outdoor exhibition of temporary public artworks, created by leading names in the contemporary art, community-based public art, and street art realms. The exhibition is being curated by Pedro Alonzo, a Boston-based independent curator who has specialized in producing exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of the museum walls and spill out onto the urban landscape.
When Jim Colligas bought a ShopRite supermarket at Front and Snyder Streets in South Philadelphia in 2005, he saw more than an opportunity to serve a community with his store. He also saw a way to bring his neighborhood together.
Jim and his wife, Suzanne, had long been fans of the Mural Arts Program. What started as curiosity grew into admiration for the art of mural making and a deep understanding of the power of murals as storytellers.