After 30 years and 3,000+ murals, many people think that the Mural Arts Program is responsible for every mural in Philadelphia, but that’s not the case. Some of the city’s most iconic murals, like Keith Haring’s We The Youth and Richard Haas’ Chestnut Place predate Mural Arts. And there’s another mural, a lesser-known gem from the 1970s by two accomplished Philadelphia artists, which has remained hidden for nearly 40 years in Washington Square West.
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.