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 SaligmanSponsored 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 SarantitisSponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation
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 NorthrupSponsored 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 NorthrupSponsored 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 PrestonSponsored 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 SaligmanSponsored 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 GuinnSponsored by the City of Philadelphia
8. 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
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