Mural Arts Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia Mural Arts Program) is the largest public art program in the US. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Its core program areas—including art education, community murals, and environmental justice—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program sought to diversify its programmatic work and broaden its horizons, while still maintaining its traditional work of community-based mural-making. With Center support, Mural Arts created a new position, solely charged with leading strategic initiatives and forging new organizational partnerships: a director of strategic planning and partnerships. This position greatly helped to expand the organization's role as a resource-rich institution, elevating its role in the broader arenas in which it works and improving the quality of Mural Arts programming and general planning capacity. As a result, Mural Arts has become a far more prominent presenter of contemporary art works, initiating a new curatorial residency project in recent years, also funded by the Center, and greatly expanding its community outreach programs. Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.