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6abc Features Mural Arts Program’s Fathers and Children Project

Artists from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program worked with inmates at Graterford Prison and their children to create a mural that depicts the bond between father and child. 6abc featured the project on Father’s Day for their 6abc Loves the Arts segment.

Teens Encouraged to Visit Cultural Institutions for Free by Other Teens

l_img_5448WHYY’s Peter Crimmins visited with teenagers from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to hear the audio tours of museums created by teens for other teens and available for free. The youth gave inside tips on what they found interesting at several cultural institutions where STAMP members can visit for free.

Students who created audio tours (from left) Asia Kaiser, Academy of Natural Sciences; Asef Khurshan, The Barnes; and Sharon Shania, Eastern State Penitentiary, gather at The Barnes for a press event. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia celebrates 100 renovated homes in Mantua

rebuildimg Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has renovated 100 homes in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer featured a story about Delores Clark, the homeowner, and an additional story about the wonderful volunteers who make the work happen.

Adonis Hernandez, 18, (left), and Isaiah George, both of Mercy Vocational School, carry a new water heater into a home. (Michael Wirtz, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Mural Arts artist Ben Volta featured as a “Philly Original” in “National Geographic Traveler”

Check out this drop-dead gorgeous photograph of Mural Arts Program artist Ben Volta by Catherine Karnow and great short piece by Lauren McCutcheon in the upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler. I love that Ben’s work integrating art into a math and science curriculum is being highlighted. Not to mention a GORGEOUS mural! Read the piece here.


Photograph by Catherine Karnow

28th AIDS Walk Philly and CBS3


The wonderful Syma Chowdhry from CBS3 spent all morning at the 28th Annual AIDS Walk/Run Philly 5K, and filed this terrific report. Thanks for all the support!

Fox News National features two-part series on Mural Arts Program

video imageReporter Kelly Wright visited the journey2home project at the Mural Arts Program and created a two-part series for national Fox News. View Part One here (which aired on September 6), and Part Two here (which aired on September 13).

Barnes Foundation launches kids’ arts adventure app

The renowned Barnes Foundation launched a new App today, at a press event with students demonstrating the technology to media in attendance. Read Ian Bush’s story for KYW Newsradio, here.

(photo by Ian Bush)

Shepard Fairey creates mural with the Mural Arts Program in Philly

270B4306 copy covered the dedication of a brand new Mural Arts Program mural by celebrated artist Shepard Fairey.

photo by Steve Weinik for the Mural Arts Program

Mural Arts hosts symposium on issues around mass incarceration

The Mural Arts Program hosted a regional symposium, “Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration," on April 15.  The symposium brought together different voices to examine issues from all sides.  It also focused on ways in which art can help inmates adjust to life after prison. Vernon Clark from The Philadelphia Inquirer attended the event.

John Wetzel (left), Pennsylvania secretary for Department of Corrections, Tony Heriza (center), filmmaker and moderator, and El Sawyer (right) filmmaker, participate in panel discussion during a gathering of criminal justice advocates, students, artists, former inmates and others at Community College of Philadelphia for "Beyond the Wall: A Symposium on Mass Incarceration" hosted by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Mural Arts Program highlighted in Huffington Post

“Mural Arts is changing the way neglected or distressed neighborhoods see themselves, and the results are astronomically beneficial,” said Malerie Yolen-Cohen in the Huffington Post.