In recent days, there have been a number of public discussions, largely on social media, about the fate of one of Mural Arts’ most iconic murals: South Philly Musicians, painted by artist Peter Pagast in 2004 and located on 9th and Wharton Streets.
On March 31, we dedicated City of Champions by David McShane at the headquarters of Spike’s Trophies Limited in Northeast Philadelphia. The dedication coincided with Spike’s annual trade show, which brought good food, added excitement, and a curious audience to hear about the heart behind the mural.
This year our mural tours are undergoing a major upgrade. We have a new office, new routes, and new ways to see murals.
In January, the Mural Arts tours offices moved to a brand new location at the centrally located Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) on Broad Street, and we've already made our mark on the neighborhood, thanks to a mural installation on our windows by PAFA alum Ben Volta.
journey2home, Mural Arts’ socially engaged public art project about youth housing insecurity, ended last October with the dedication of Home Safe, a major public art piece in West Philadelphia. (Read and see more about journey2home here.) But journey2home is proving to have a ripple effect, as news outlets pick up the art and stories that came out of the project. Most excitingly, involved youth have been asked to speak at conferences in Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and Connecticut.
Last Friday, Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden was presented with Philadelphia Magazine's Trailblazer Award, in recognition of her lifelong dedication to public art in Philadelphia. The award has been given since 2005 to honor women who "epitomize excellence in their field or community" and to spotlight leaders who are shaping our region's future.