Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 20 February 2014 by Steve Weinik

Mural Arts Builds Viking Ship for Wolfbat Tribe

On the third floor of the Asian Arts Initiative’s headquarters on Vine street, New York based artist Dennis Mcnett and our art education students have been hard at work building a Viking ship.

This is Mcnett’s second Viking ship build in the city and his first project with Mural Arts. I visited the class yesterday afternoon where they were preparing papier-mâché helmets and shields.

Posted 18 February 2014 by Almaz Crowe

Remembering Terry Adkins

On February 7, artist and educator Terry Adkins passed away in New York City from heart failure. An accomplished visual artist and musician, Terry’s influence looms large in the art world, and in a particular way with artist Ernel Martinez. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Martinez, one of Terry’s mentees and a respected painter and muralist in his own right.

Martinez was installing work at a museum when a former classmate called to give him the shocking news.

Posted 18 February 2014 by Steve Weinik

Employee Profile: Raheem

Raheem Camp started with Mural Arts in 2010 as a member of our Restorative Justice department’s Guild Program. Growing up in West Philly he described himself as “on the streets doing what I wanted to do to find a way to make money.” That lifestyle led to a handful of arrests and eventually to the Guild.

Posted 7 January 2014 by Steve Weinik

2013 Year in Review

tags: 2013, Review, Video
Posted 20 November 2013 by Steve Weinik

Seeds of Change Revisited

In August, we posted about our latest Restored Spaces project at Shoemaker Mastery Charter school in West Philadelphia. Part of the project included a seed dispersing mural created by artist Kaitlin Pomerantz.

In this part of the project, seed packets were wheat pasted to the side of the school. In theory, as those packets disintegrated and dispersed the seeds, native wildflowers would sprout from the ground below. In practice, they did exactly that. The early results are beautiful.