Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Our core program areas—Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

Each year, 15,000 residents and visitors tour 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.”

Cataloging its collections on the Public Art Archive supports Mural Arts’ ongoing work to document and preserve information about its projects and collaborative artmaking practices, and expand access to participatory artworks by providing an additional point of entry for public engagement.


Explore Mural Arts’ collections, comprising thousands of public artworks visible across the City of Philadelphia.


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Power Map: Historic Mural Activations

Five “historic” murals, created in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s first 20 years, were examined by teams of artists in 2020 in an effort to explore the historic and social context of the creation of those murals, the changes within the murals’ neighborhoods, and issues around power and empowerment in those spaces and artistic representations. This effort resulted in five activations, taking the form of artworks, events, performances and workshops. The digital exhibition here documents those activations and provides an ongoing opportunity for engagement with the artworks.

This We Believe

In 2008, Mural Arts Philadelphia launched This We Believe, its first Citywide Mural Project. The final multi-panel artwork was temporarily displayed in multiple public locations. To date, only one panel has found a permanent home. Beginning in 2020, Mural Arts, in partnership with the Public Art Archive and public art scholar Laura Holzman, PhD, developed a digital exhibition for the project, thereby providing a long-term, public, virtual home for the completed mural.
Here, through images of the fully completed mural and engagement activities, videos of paint days and the artists talking about the project’s impact, process documents, and interactive interpretation of the final artwork, this digital exhibition describes the collaborative participation behind the creation of a large-scale, citywide mural project, and the continued legacy of that process.
Photograph of clay sculpture of a young girl on pedestal with streetscape in background.

Monument Lab

Monument Lab was a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, 2017 challenged people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.

Open Source

Open Source was a citywide exhibition that brought 14 extraordinary artists from around the world to Philadelphia. They worked with Mural Arts Philadelphia and guest curator Pedro Alonzo to create a new series of public artworks that explore and illuminate Philadelphia’s diverse urban identity.

COVID-19 Response Projects

Philadelphia’s response to COVID-19 in 2020 is a tribute to the City’s dedication to public health and safety and effective communication with constituents. Through Mural Arts’ decades-long partnership with the City of Philadelphia, nine art projects were developed, called the Art in Action campaign.