The murals that executive director Jane Golden saw in Los Angeles in the 1980s inspired her to start painting murals in Philadelphia, and now our murals are inspiring others to pick up a brush and paint their own communities. Khabar South Asia reports that Yuki Poudyal of the Sattya Media Arts Collective was inspired by the murals she saw in Philadelphia when starting Kolor Kathmandu, a new mural project that aims to paint 75 murals in Kathmandu.
Last week we got news that one of our murals, a portion of Miriam Singer’s Take Me To The River project, is due to be blocked from view by the development of a new building on the empty lot next to the mural. The empty lot at the corner of Girard and Marlborough in Fishtown is currently home to a rose garden maintained by the property owner and allows for a great view of Singer’s mural on the building next door.
Because it's Throwback Thursday today, our Mural of the Day on Instagram and Facebook is a mural that was decommissioned earlier this year when its building had to undergo repairs. Tribute to Frank Guarrera by Peter Pagast went up in 2003.
The Mural Arts Program (typically) takes empty walls and reinvigorates them with artwork, bringing the location to life. This morning I made a few animated gifs to show just how much a mural can add to a space.
For Philly Painting, Dutch artists Haas & Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) transformed a section of Germantown Ave in North Philadelphia:
Yis Goodwin, aka NoseGo, is a rising art star in galleries and streets from LA to the UK. He's also a longtime instructor with the Mural Arts Education Program, currently teaching the Artrepreneurs class at the Charter High School for Art and Design (CHAD) in Center City, Philadelphia. We caught up with him to talk about his past, present, and future. An abridged version of this interview appeared in our latest newsletter, but here is the full conversation: