murals in philadelphia

PIFA and the Murals That Move Philly

murals in philadelphia[Photo courtesy of PIFA]

Over the past 26 years Philadelphia’s autobiography has slowly emerged on walls all across the city. The painted walls display important historical events, intricate “stories” from surrounding communities and the vibrant faces that set this culturally explosive city in motion.

The stunning murals evolved from a project called the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program led by director Jane Golden. In an article published by NPR, Golden states that she wanted the program to empower locals to get involved “to beautify their communities, connect with neighbors and fight graffiti and crime.” More than 3,000 murals have been created by communities all around the city””each one telling a story; each story revealing the desire for a better Philly.

The murals are a must-see for any traveler visiting Philadelphia. And this spring, PIFA will recognize the work of these local artists by pushing the boundaries of mural making with cutting edge digital technology to create a living work of art.

Renowned photographer and mural artist, JJ Tiziou will take on the inspiring project, appropriately named: “How Philly Moves.” The digital mural will rest on the front wall of the Kimmel Center; its message: A celebration of Philadelphians through dance and photography. The creative project is just one of many that will light up Philly from April 7-May 1, 2011, during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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** Stay tuned as Memoirs of a Travel and Food Addict explores the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts <> through May 1, with PIFA’s support.


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