Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia
Every time I return to my hometown of Philadelphia I am reminded of how many hidden gems are tucked away in the city’s streets. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has produced over 3,600 murals throughout the city, an accomplishment that has earned the city of brotherly love the alternate title of “City of Murals.”
The thing I love most about this program, which was originally part of the Anti-graffiti Network, is that you don’t just find the murals in affluent neighborhoods. In some of the roughest areas of the city you can find large-scale masterpieces that many in the neighborhood cherish and protect.
You can take an official tour through the program, or create your own walking or driving tour. Or, like me, you can just be surprised whenever you come across a new painting as you drive through the city, rushing to where you need to be, and find delight in these not-so-small creations you get to enjoy for free.