Art Education

The Art Education Department at Mural Arts offers year-round art instruction at no cost to Philadelphia youth ages 10 to 22. Our program invites you to take risks in your art, give voice to your experiences, and illustrate the world as you see it. At one of over 25 sites across the city, our team of teaching artists will connect you to Mural Arts’ major public art projects through class projects that range from independent small-scale pieces to large-scale collaborations.

Be an artist.
Be an entrepreneur.
Be an innovator.
Be a Philadelphia Original.

Our diverse offerings give you the opportunity to study and master various media by working with locally, nationally, and internationally known artists. At Mural Arts, you will learn that art can open doors. You will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio, showcase your artwork at exhibitions and mural dedications, and apply to scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities.

Become the positive change you want to see in your community and city by joining the Art Education Program at Mural Arts today.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL of our Art Education classes and summer work opportunities for youth are currently full for the Summer 2014 session. While we aim to serve as many youth as possible, we have received overwhelming interest in our summer programming.  We strongly encourage interested students to submit applications in August 2014 to participate in our fall after school programs.  If you are interested in summer work opportunities outside of Mural Arts, please visit

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Some of our Art Education Projects

You Go Girl

Mural Arts invited Arizona-based artist and physician, Jetsonorama, to create a mural of Ursula Rucker with students at Sayre High.

Together Moving Mountains

South African street artist Freddy Sam made a stop in Philadelphia to work with our students.

Dennis McNett

Artist Dennis McNett completed a month-long residency with youth in Mural Arts' Art Education program, resulting in our first ever Viking ship.


We wrapped an el car and built instruments from found objects as part of our efforts to create opportunities for emerging artists.

Input/Output: Photography as Exchange

Our students across the city participated in an exploration of photography.