City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Programs Tours are back!
One of the many pleasures of living in Philadelphia is for its arts and culture.
Some of the city’s better known art doesn’t appear in the galleries though. It appears throughout the entire city. There are over 3,600 colorful and vibrant wall murals painted on buildings all over Philadelphia, many you may pass while driving by.
This spring and summer, you have a great opportunity to get a closer look at some of the best murals in the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program tour.
The tour takes an hour and 45 minutes and features volunteer guides – including a few whom are local celebs from the national networks’ news affiliates. The murals are done as part of a public arts program that grant artists two to four grand for the completion of each mural. Most murals take about two months to complete and use one or two main artists with up to 20 assistants.
You clearly won’t see all 3,000+ murals in the 1 hour and 45 minute long tour, however you’re sure to be inspired by some of the city’s best!
Specialty trolley tours are set to occur one Saturday per month throughout the spring, and will feature a different subject each month. During Jazz Appreciation Month, on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, a music and jazz trolley tour will depart from the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The tour will feature murals that focus on music and musicians.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, May 12, Mural Arts hosts a Mother’s Day mural and meal trolley tour. Father’s Day will feature sports murals trolley tour on Saturday, June 15. The tour features murals of Jackie Robinson, Philadelphia Stars Negro League, The Legendary Blue Horizon and more.
The Mural Mile Walking Tour leaves from the Independence Visitor Center in addition to Mural Arts at the Gallery, offering visitors convenient departure points to make touring the City of Murals a breeze all season long.
For more information and to check out more specialty tours, visit: http://muralarts.org/