South Philly Kaleidoscope: The 9th Street Market Mural

The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, which began as an anti-graffiti initiative, has not only beautified the city through public art but has used the process of creating murals as a means of connecting communities. Artists work with community members in the development of murals that weave together the rich stories of the city’s people and their past. More than 100 communities each year collaborate with the Mural Arts Program in all aspects of the mural-making process from conceptualization to the dedication of the mural. The community murals reflect the triumphs and challenges, hopes and struggles that the city’s residents have endured. They are also wonderful reflections of the collaborative effort of diverse groups who dedicate themselves to the preservation of the city’s culture and the expansion of its art.