May 21, 2000
When violence strikes a family Our mural, "Families Are Victims, Too," in the 1300 block of South 50th Street, is like no other in the city. It makes a statement about an ongoing crisis facing our city. People talk about "closure" when it comes to the death of a loved one. But for most people, there is no closure. When you love people and you lose them, you miss them. They do not have to be famous to be remembered. This mural speaks of "awareness. " Children can learn from it: "Oh, I remember him. He was so young.
August 17, 2010 |
The Mural Arts Program has received a $500,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help fund a program assisting those suffering from behavioral, addiction, and mental health problems. The grant, given to the program's nonprofit fund-raising unit - the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates - will support the ongoing Porch Light Initiative, which focuses on three North Philadelphia communities. According to a Mural Arts Program statement, the arts agency will work with the city Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services to draw clients into art-based community projects.
April 29, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Early last year, a Berlin artist and a Philadelphia curator boarded an Amtrak train at 30th Street Station for the sole purpose of looking out the window. From the train, artist Katharina Grosse and Elizabeth Thomas, curator of the city's Mural Arts Program, scoped out abandoned warehouses, railroad trestles, and patches of grass and trees that would be the appropriate canvas for their public art idea. The result: seven sites that include buildings and nature in a five-mile stretch between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations that will be spray-painted to become part of a work they've titled psychylustro . "The work is meant to be a landscape of the mind.
March 22, 2014 |
Unless you've been doing field research in Antarctica, you've probably heard that this is the 30th anniversary of Philadelphia's community-engagement juggernaut, the Mural Arts Program. It's being celebrated with a show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a lavish coffee-table book, symposia, and a greater-than-usual deluge of media coverage. Not that the murals have ever been something Philadelphians could ignore. During those three decades, the city agency has left its mark on some 3,600 walls, mostly in the bleaker corners of the city where a little paint isn't the worst thing that can happen.
May 2, 2005 |
Albert Einstein wrote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. " In this, the World Year of Physics, celebrating Einstein's impact on science, the Philadelphia School District is taking the physicist's advice. This year, the district began a five-year collaboration with the city's Mural Arts Program to paint 100 public school walls, 20 each year. In a district already burdened with basic educational needs, the commitment to art education is a surprising shift. Still, supporters say, the benefits of art outweigh the program's cost, which will be at least $300,000 a year.
June 16, 2010 |
Ever wonder about that mural at 707 Chestnut St., with the three medallions hanging from the young man's neck? And is it really completely made of tiles? Have you questioned why the mural featuring Abraham Lincoln on the corner of Eighth and Ranstead Streets is split into three sections? Inquiring minds now have the opportunity to learn about more than a dozen of the city's murals. All you need is a digital audio player or a cell phone. Podcast and cell phone tours are the new interactive way of bringing to life Philadelphia's pioneering, one-of-a-kind murals.
January 26, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH IT is great to see the Daily News endorse the work of a living Philadelphia artist, the photographer Zoe Strauss, the most interesting part of this article is that the Daily News shares the concerns regarding the Mural Arts Program put forth a decade ago by the Heretical Society, which was an independent artists' organization that provided a critique of the culture industry in Philadelphia, and which disbanded in 2001. The final statement of the Daily News editorial is very similar to the last line of the Heretical Society tract, the essay "No More Ugly Murals.
June 15, 2010 |
If you've passed Broad and Vine streets recently, you may have noticed that there's something different about the enormous mural there. It's being painted over. The Mural Arts program is restoring the "Evolving Face of Nursing" mural for the third time in twenty years. The cost of restoration: a little less than $300,000. Sponsors include the Independence Foundation, Bayada Nurses, Connelly Foundation, and Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. The new mural will feature portraits of student and working nurses from area nursing schools and hospitals.
July 20, 2011 |
Unspoken stories of pain, frustration and loss are about to be told - stories of families whose loved ones are behind bars. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, partnering with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, will tell the stories of these families in a mural - "Family Interrupted" - to be painted at 709 W. Dauphin St., in North Philadelphia. Representatives from Mural Arts, the Prison Society and state officials, including Sen. Vincent Hughes and Rep. Ronald Waters, spoke about the project to a crowd of about 60 in City Hall yesterday.
February 16, 2007
A commentary critical of the giant outdoor murals in economically challenged sections of Philadelphia drew a large response. Many of the murals are sponsored by the public-private Mural Arts Program. In his Jan. 26 piece, Joseph P. Blake said that many of these murals are "unconnected to anything in the neighborhood or anyone living there. " Here is a sample of the readers' reactions. It's more than just some paint on a wall When the Mural Arts Program takes on a project, the finished painting is only part of the process.