October is Mural Arts Month in Philadelphia

October will be filled with mural dedications, panel discussions, community events, film screenings, exhibitions, running and walking mural tours.

Philadelphia's Dox Thrash mural

This could be one of the most art-filled experiences you can have in Philadelphia. While it’s a joy to stroll the streets and happen upon these wall-based works of art, with a bit of preparation it can be so much more.

Mural Arts’ roots date back to 1984, when the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was established to address the city’s widespread graffiti issue. Today, Mural Arts offers walking, bicycle, and trolley tours. Public and private Mural Arts tours offer professional guides on a year-round basis and give a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant “City of Murals,” with in-depth stories about the people and communities that inspired and shaped each project. The Tours program takes visitors into every neighborhood of Philadelphia, showcasing each area’s unique character.

Here are a couple of fascinating facts that are just kinda fun to know. How Philly Moves, measures nearly 85,000 square feet and extends along a parking garage at the Philadelphia International Airport. It is the second largest mural in the world.

Two of the most unusual mural locations include Paul Santoleri’s Philadelphia on a Half Tank, which appears on the side of an industrial-sized gas tank at the Sunoco refinery at 26th Street and Penrose Avenue, and Mat Tomeszko’s temporary mural 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words, which stretched one mile down the South Broad Street.

It is the largest public arts program in the United States currently with about 4,000 pieces of public wall art!

Learn more about Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program at: https://www.muralarts.org/

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