Why Philadelphia has thousands of murals

Why Philadelphia has thousands of murals

Philly has thousands of murals. How did it happen? In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards finds out.

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Philadelphia’s mural arts program started in the 1980s as an anti-graffiti initiative under Mayor Wilson Goode. But founder Jane Golden took the idea far from its anti-graffiti roots.

Today, Mural Arts Philadelphia is a large public art organization that innovates through public and private funds. These murals increase property values, draw in tourists, and help employ the artists creating them. In addition to that, the public art can be a tool for communities to express themselves.

Famous Philadelphia murals have included works by Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Meg Saligman, and many others. That makes it a unique model of public art for cities around the world.

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20 Responses

  1. Sonali Das says:

    Seriously? 13 views and I get to put the 1st like. Its what I’ve been waiting for all my life. God is smiling down on me today. ??

  2. Rambo G says:

    I read the title: Why Peaodophillia has thousands of morals.

    I was very confused

  3. Bladen Martin says:

    Please make a video about Venezuela

  4. Jacob Fisher says:

    Philadelphia is a city of art! It’s only natural that art flow into the streets.

    Boston or D.C.? Ehhh, not so much.

  5. SkeleCrafter says:

    Playing some b-ball outside of the school.

  6. trainwreck1993 says:

    Do they have Mural tours for tourist ?

  7. SkeleCrafter says:

    This is so much better than the political videos you’ve been posting

  8. Huda emcmora says:

    Fighting graffiti with graffiti artists

  9. King Boo / Jonathan says:

    Who here is from Philly.

  10. Drew Ciccotelli says:

    If you can’t beat em, employ them.

  11. KSJDbv says:


  12. Diimes says:

    Short answer: Philadelphia is the best.
    Long answer: p h i l a d e l p h i a i s t h e b e s t

    there’s really no other way to put it..

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  14. ARVIN says:

    Philly is so beautiful man. I drove around it at midnight when the city was sleepy, so beautiful… The cobblestone streets. The charmy narrow streets. The beauriful townhouses and the skyscrapers in the background over the townhouses… so beautiful and historic.

  15. JoyfishXO says:

    The history and research behind this video is awesome! I want to visit the city now 🙂

  16. QB Mac says:

    It’s Always Artistic In Philadelphia

  17. Rick Sanchez says:

    But more importantly…. where is the Fresh-Prince’s mural?

  18. Tyler Rodriguez says:

    Living here honestly made me wonder this

  19. Petter Vosveld says:

    And trump wants to cut the cultural department

  20. Isaac McAuley says:

    Belfast and Derry in Ireland also have murals. But they are more political.

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