One of my very favorite things about living in Philadelphia is the street art. It may have something do with the fact that our mural arts program is the largest public art organization in the USA. It began in 1984 as a city-wide initiative to eradicate graffiti and address neighborhood blight. Mural artist Jane Golden was hired to reach out to graffiti writers, and redirect their energies from vandalism to mural painting.
When I walk around the streets of Philly, art like this helps me feel invigorated and appreciative to live in this city. There’s something very cool about walking one block off of your normal route and discovering a piece of art that maybe wasn’t there a week ago. Street art makes the city feel alive.
These images are just a few examples of the street art in the northern liberties/fishtown neighborhoods, taken by me. Follow me on instagram for more Philly street art. Streets Dept is a really nice photo blog about local street art, I’ve become obsessed with it lately! Here’s an article about the Philly Painting Project featuring Dutch artists Haas and Hahn, I’ve been meaning to check this one out!
If you’re in the city of brotherly love or close by, I hope you make it out for first Friday! And just in case you don’t know, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers “pay what you wish” admission for the first Sunday of every month (including the Rodin Museum). Have a great weekend everyone, and yay for ALL the arts!