In conjunction with the Mural Arts Program’s 30th Anniversary in 2014, this exhibition showcases the cumulative work of 30 years of community engaged art-making in Philadelphia.
Beyond The Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts presents archival and documentary material, including timeline-based information, interactive material, and images that are enlivened by the creation of new murals within the gallery space.
Since its inception in 1984, the Mural Arts Program has engaged thousands of diverse community members throughout Philadelphia in mural-making programs—from artists, students, and community leaders, to victims of crime and prison inmates—resulting in over 3,000 murals that have transformed the city, while highlighting the community-building power of art.
The Mural Arts Program’s efforts have earned Philadelphia international praise as the “City of Murals,” and have helped build and sustain a vibrant community of artists in Philadelphia, many of whom are also PAFA students, faculty, and alumni. For this reason, it is particularly appropriate that PAFA is hosting an exhibition that chronicles and celebrates artistic development.
Exciting programs will accompany the exhibition, with something for all types of audiences. Join PAFA for talks, classes, family workshops and tours, programs for schools and teachers and much more!
November 15, 2013 – April 6, 2014