The sequel to the bestselling story of the largest public art program in the nation
More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell
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Jane Golden, Robin Rice and Natalie Pompilio, photographs by David Graham and Jack Ramsdale
Second prize winner of UCF Jane Jacobs Publication Award,
"More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell is as inspirational as it is beautiful, but is ultimately important in recounting the lives of the artists and residents whose lives are transformed by the simple stroke of a paintbrush."
The Philadelphia Tribune
More than twenty years ago, a New Jersey artist started a project for the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network that encouraged young people to paint murals on a few buildings around the city. Jane Golden could not have known that the Mural Arts Program (MAP) would become the nation's largest public art program and a model for programs throughout the country. With more than 2600 murals throughout Philadelphia, the program has brightened the lives of countless residents and tourists while providing a creative outlet for an astounding array of artists. MAP now works with more than 3000 students around the city, engaging them in a curriculum that teaches not only artistic skills but civic engagement and personal responsibility.
More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, a sequel to the bestselling Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, shares with the earlier work its beautiful color photography, along with profiles of the artists. Featured here is the remarkable story of an unlikely artistic collaborationbetween boys who live in a residential facility, a community in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, and men who are incarcerated in a maximum-security state correctional facility. The 1/8 of a mile long mural they created, about balanced and restorative justice, was intended to help the young men give something back to a community they had harmed and help the community wrestle with issues around crime and violence. In the process of creating the mural, it became a life-changing experience for all involved. By recounting this story and the many others behind the works of art, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell is as inspirational as it is beautiful.
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"As with the original, 2002 Philadelphia Murals book, this sequel provides insights into how the murals are created and their inspirations. Not only will More Philadelphia Murals elegantly adorn your coffee table, it could provide the springboard to energize a young artist."
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About the Author(s)
Natalie Pompilio is a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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