My North/South/West Philly

Mural Arts Philadelphia



A portion of the Journeys South installation. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program developed a process of creating a community archive using individual and community histories, art, media, and stories to explore how immigration can affect a community over time. Based in South Philadelphia neighborhoods, the project was informed by historical research and oral history interviews with area residents. In 2009, Mural Arts received Center support to continue this effort through Journeys South—a project that brought together four artists, historians, and community members to develop a series of public installations inspired by immigrant stories.