Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 26 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

Golden, Updike at the Free Library, Podcast

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.

Posted 25 March 2014 by Joe Goldblum

A Letter to the Editor From Our Board Chair

In response to Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic, Inga Saffron's March 20th Changing Skyline column: Mural Arts Program's entry into Fairmount Park crosses boundaries


Posted 24 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

If You Could Hear These Walls

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:

Posted 18 March 2014 by Todd Bressi

Join Us! Looking At Cities with Jenny Odell

What does an artist whose work consists primarily of collaging images that she culls from the Internet have to do with muralmaking, or community-based art practice?

A lot, as it turns out.

Jenny Odell, who is based in San Francisco, uses the virtual world as a lens for looking at the physical world.

We call her lecture “Looking at Cities” because her work offers a new approach to the basic but profound task of making observations about the world around us based on what we see.

Posted 11 March 2014 by Rachel Quimby

Transforming Lives: Robyn Buseman

Robyn Buseman (far left) poses with graduating members of the Guild Program in August 2012