From our Philadelphia Mural Arts tour April 10, 2016

On April 10th, thirty-one of us took a guided tour sponsored by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  Founded by Stanford alum Jane Golden AB’75, the program has established Philadelphia as the world leader in promoting urban art through outdoor murals.  Originally established in 1984 to fight urban graffiti, the program has created over 3,000 murals, of which over 2,000 remain!

 

Travelling through the Northern Liberties, Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods, it was enlightening to learn more about the city.  We saw a wide range of mural subject matter and even had a local resident pop in to speak with us briefly about the Kensington area. Many of the murals reflected the ethnic composition of their location.

Fishtown Mural-20160410

Where else, but Fishtown!

They have become a source of pride and identity for many Philly residents.

Ethnic Mural-20160410

Ethnic Mural in Philadelphia

Immigrant Mural 1-20160410

Immigrant Mural in Philadelphia

Immigrant Mural 2-20160410

Another Immigrant Mural in Philadelphia

 

 

Ethnic Mural2-20160410

This mural was painted with the help of prison inmates as part of their rehabilitation training.

Keith Lutz & Mike Borish-20160410

Club VP Keith Lutz & Treasurer Mike Borish in front of a trompe l’oeil mural

 

 

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