Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 10 Mural Arts of Philadelphia


You see them everywhere in the city but did you know you can take a tour and learn about them.

Who painted them?  Why are they they?  What is their association to the neighborhood?
This is just a small sampling of what you can see on a tour. They are all magnificent!

Mural Arts Philadelphia


Theater of Life located at 507 S.Broad St.




© 2002 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Meg Saligman
Sponsored by Independence Foundation


1. The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, an effort spearheaded by then Mayor Wilson Goode to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers and to redirect their energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting.
Legacy is located at 707 Chestnut Street




© 2006 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Josh Sarantitis
Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation

2. In 1996, Mayor Ed Rendell announced that the Anti-Graffiti Network would be reorganized into the Mural Arts Program, with Golden as the director. At the same time, Golden established a nonprofit organization, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, to raise funds and provide other support to the nationally-recognized program. Today, Mural Arts is an innovative and successful public/private partnership that encompasses both the city agency and the nonprofit.


A People's Progression Toward Equality located at 8th and Ramstead Streets






© 2007 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Jared Bader





Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation

3. The murals can be found throughout the city, some are hidden and enhance their neighborhood with pride.

Taste of Summer located at 1312 Spruce Street






© 2009 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ann Northrup
Sponsored by Walnut Street Capital and the City of Philadelphia

4. The city of Philadelphia has the largest collection of outside art through this program.

Pride and Progress located at 1315 Spruce Street






© 2003 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ann Northrup
Sponsored by the William Way Community Center and individual donors

5.  Since the program's inception, Mural Arts has created over 3500 indoor & outdoor murals throughout the city of Philadelphia, earning it international acclaim as "The City of Murals."


Women of Progress located at 1307 Locust Street





© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Cesar Viveros & Larissa Preston
Sponsored by Independence Foundation

6. It was in 1991 when the program received a milestone; not only in breaking the 1,000 mark for obtained amnesty pledges, but for also earning the 1991 Innovations in American Government Award for the city of Philadelphia for the manner in which PAGN is run.

Philadelphia Muses located 1235 Locust Street





© 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Meg Saligman
Sponsored by Independence Foundation

7.  How Philly Moves, at the Philadelphia International Airport, is a nearly 85,000-square-foot mural incorporating the photographic work and design of artist Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou. The mural celebrates Philadelphia and transforms the airport’s parking garage into a welcoming and memorable gateway to the region for travelers and visitors from all over the world. Across the top decks of the garage, luminous dancing figures swirl, unified in a rich field of black, giving viewers a first taste of the liveliness that awaits them in the City of Brotherly Love. From I-95, at 55 miles per hour, the energy of their movements will be unmistakable.


Garden of Delight located at 230 S. Sartin Street






© 2010 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn
Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia

8.  Mural Arts is currently one of Philadelphia's largest employers of artists, employing over 300 artists a year as muralists, assistants, and teaching artists. Mural Arts’ award-winning art education programs annually serve 1,500 youth at neighborhood sites throughout the city. Mural Arts’ programs are offered free and are targeted to at-risk youth.


Building the City is located at 20th and Moravian Streets





© 1992 Michael Webb





Private Commission by James E. Beasley, Sr.

9. Take the 'Official Tour of the Mural Capital of the World' year-round with one of the Mural Arts Program's expert guides! Tickets can be bought online, over the phone (215-925-3633), or from where the tours hub at The Gallery Market East Level 2, 9th & Market Streets. All proceeds benefit Mural Arts Program initiatives.

Mural at Dirty Franks located at 345 S. 13th Street (all characters pictured are Franks)





© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David McShane





Sponsored by Marc Ginsberg and the Washington Square West Civic Association

10. Wall Ball is a fundraiser for the Mural Ars Program.  It will be held on May 31st, this year they will honor The Roots.  A mural expected to be completed by October 2012 at 600 South Street in the neighborhood where the Roots were founded.  Ticket and sponsor info for the Wall Ball.
Gimme Shelter located at 1236 Lombard Street








© 2004 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Morris Animal Refuge, and individual donors

Crystal Snowscape located at 629 S. 10th Street







© 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by KPMG
Restored 2005; Restoration sponsored by the Ford Foundation
Spring located at 1315 Pine Street








© 2000 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by KPMG
Restored 2008 by Phillip Adams; Restoration sponsored by The Glenmede Trust Company
and Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP
Autumn located at 629 S. 9th Street








© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia

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