Monday, March 29, 2010

Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program

Since I assume that most of you are not in Philadelphia, I thought it would be nice to share a tidbit about a lovely organization here in the city dedicated to creating beautification amidst urban blight.

Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program was started in 1984 by Jane Golden, created in effort to combat the growing incidents of graffiti in Philadelphia. In the more than 25 years since its inception, the organization has "produced over 2,800 murals and educated over 20,000 underserved youth in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia." How productive and lovely.

It's hard to highlight only one of the beautiful projects the Mural Arts Program has done but, the most recent, called "Love Letter," was designed by Steve Powers and is touching. Enjoy.

All of these murals (30 in all) are visible from the elevated subway line (the El) in West Philadelphia and are really spectacular in both size and color. Wouldn't they be a lovely backdrop for engagement photos?

What a beautiful city and a powerful application of art in real life.

1 comment:

  1. What a great project. Love the middle photo. And yes...these WOULD be lovely for engagment photos!


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