Art on the Street: Philadelphia Mural Arts can be found in a variety of places around the city. The City of Philadelphia has a Mural Arts Program which is the largest public arts program in the United States.
The mural arts program started in Philadelphia in 1984 as a way to beautify public spaces and as an anti-graffiti initiative. Since its start in the mid-80’s the program has evolved tremendously. The best way to experience the Mural Mile is through a walking tour. The tour strolls past some of the best art murals in Philadelphia. The tour is $20 per person and covers 2 separate routes the Mural Mile North (North of Market Street including Old City & Chinatown) & Mural Mile South (South of Market Street to Lombard). A knowledgeable guide walks you through the tour adding fun stories and insights into the history behind some of the city’s famed murals.
Looking to get a bit more hands on? Then definitely check out a mural tour. Paint the town: Experiential Paint Tour lets participants meet a local mural artists and participate in the painting of a current mural project! This tour is offered only to groups so gather your friends and family to participate in this tour.
Did you know you don’t even have to set foot outside of The Independent to experience local mural art? In our lobby check out the work by Kim Senior, a local muralist who created a stunning 30 foot by 8 foot hand painted work of art.
This year the Mural Arts Program celebrates 30 years of helping to beautify Philly’s public spaces. To date nearly 3,600 murals have been created in the city.