Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

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http://www.muralarts.org/

Philadelphia has one of the biggest and most curated collection of mural arts in the nation. Philadelphia mural arts program has a lasting history, starting out as an anti-graffiti movement, preventing vandalism across the city. The original goal was to reform graffiti artists into “real” artists. Over time, the program has changed to one of encouragement community engagement through painting across Philadelphia (usually lower income areas). With its expanse, the program has gained a lot of support from the city and its citizens that now it has expanded itself into a more curatorial role, curating different street artists to create art across Philadelphia. The mural arts program has recently curated a Public Art exhibition, showcasing a diverse group of established artists from native Philadelphians to French artists. The program hopes to expand itself more to raise awareness to national problems as well.

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