Philadelphia City of Murals | Philadelphia | If you are visiting Philly, on business or planning to assist the upcoming PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, pay attention to the amazing street collection of mural that are all over the city, as part of the Mural Arts Program by the City of Philadelphia. over 3,000 murals which have become a cherished part of the civic landscape and a great source of inspiration to the millions of residents and visitors who encounter them each year.
The Mural Arts Program, is the largest public art program in the United States, uniting artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Their Palette of Core Values are: Art ignites change. Stories must be told. We beats Me. It ain’t about the Paint. Make promises and keep them. Take turns. Think deeply, Create fearlessly. Expect Permission / Ask Forgiveness. The Biggest risk may not be taking it. Art is an economic Engine. Yo this is Fun.
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. From the beginning, Golden witnessed how mural-making changed lives and how the murals themselves began to mend the aesthetic fabric of the city.
The mural-making process gives neighborhood residents a voice to tell their individual and collective stories, a way to pass on culture and tradition, and a vehicle to develop and empower local leaders. Example of this is the Pride and Progress Mural by Ann Northrup, located just around the corner from the LGBT Center of Philadelphia. A 7,500-square-foot mural that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s GLBT community. “Pride and Progress” depicts a composite of 1960s gay civil rights marches in Philadelphia and New York, a festival on cobblestone streets with a multicultural throng and segments of Independence Mall, all under a moody sky with the hint of a rainbow. The Mural is painted on the side of the William Way Gay Community Center.
The Mural Arts Program’s success is in large part due to its faith in three simple words, three words Jane Golden herself uses as a personal and professional mantra: Art Saves Lives. It is with this conviction that the organization looks forward to continually enhancing its programs and embarking on special initiatives that will continue to challenge and inspire the many individuals whose lives are touched by Philadelphia’s murals. To lear more about Mural Arts Program and support their cause, visit http://iconic.muralarts.org/
This is just another great reason and excuse to visit Philadelphia and PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts to take place at the Kimmel Center of the performing arts (April 7th. till May 1st., 2011). Art is made up of moments. Moments of inspiration. Power. Emotion. Grace. Passion. These moments collided in Paris in 1911 and changed the path of art and conventional creativity. There will be another spectacular convergence exactly 100 years later… For more information visit the official website at PIFA.org.