More than 4,000 murals of extraordinary aesthetic and plastic value make Philadelphia a great open-air museum, where an artistic current that has in the giant conception of images the power to transform the perspective of the psycho-social landscape.
Among the artists who have made a difference in Pennsylvania’s most populous city are the names of Meg Saligman, Felix St. Fort, Gaia, David Guinn, Ann Northrup, Cesar E Viveros-Herrera, Larissa Preston, James Burns, Michael Webb, Shepard Fairey, David McShane, Kenny Scharf and Raoul with his brother Davide Perré.
This artistic movement is a partnership of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.
We are on the eve of a great call and that is where we create the news again. The launching of Murals on the Move for the second consecutive year is a fact and it will start on November 18.
More than just color, a lot of joy
Murals on the Move is an initiative conceived by two partner institutions: Mural Arts Philadelphia together with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
It is a great opportunity for developing artistic skills in mural painting, with the best teachers who attend recreation centers around Philadelphia in their colorful van.
Led by experienced teachers, students learn about public art and create their own works through hands-on art activities. This year, we are honored to have Chase as our primary sponsor, which will allow the Murals on the Move van to visit more sites and events.
Mural Arts Philadelphia, through a newsletter that we gladly receive in this newsroom, is inviting the community to get involved in painting and artistic activities, so that they can also learn how to request Murals on the Move for their event, neighborhood or organization.
Where we come from
The realism, plasticity, talent, points of view and ideas expressed in the murals that have transformed Philadelphia into a museum, were born in 1984, with the Anti-Graffiti Network that hired artist Jane Golden who led graffiti artists to other art forms.
Mural Arts engages communities in 60 to 100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative.
According to the institution, the main program areas – Art Education, Restorative Justice and Porch Light – offer unique project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.
For over 30 years, the Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create an art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.
Each year, 15,000 residents and tourists visit the Mural arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.
Translated by: José Espinoza