Community Murals

A collection of Amber Art & Design's mural projects complete with images, insights into their creative process, and more.

 
 

REMEMBERING A FORGOTTEN HERO, PHILADELPHIA, in progress

A mural currently in process. “Remembering a Forgotten Hero,” a mural doused in newspaper headlines and portraits of civil rights activists, will decorate the side of Universal Institute Charter School near 15th and Catherine streets. Artists Willis “Nomo” Humphrey and Keir Johnston plan to work with students, local community members, and members of the Guild — a Mural Arts Program that hires formerly incarcerated individuals. The multilayered mural is ambitious, says Humphrey, but he’s optimistic.

 

ART SANCTUARY MURAL, PHILADELPHIA, 2017

TBD

 

COMCAST CENTER MURAL, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

TBD

 

29th and Diamond Streets, North Philadelphia

WHY WE LOVE COLTRANE, PHILADELPHIA, 2017

Why We Love Coltrane is artist Ernel Martinez’s interpretation of Coltrane’s legacy: the Philadelphian inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians and changed the world of music forever.

 

949 Belmont Avenue, West Philadelphia

ED BRADLEY MURAL, PHILADELPHIA, IN PROGRESS

Journalist Ed Bradley, most notable for his 26 years as a correspondent on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, was a Philadelphia native raised in the West Philadelphia neighborhood that will be the site of a new mural honoring his legacy. Designed by Ernel Martinez.

 

East Buffalo

THE WELCOME WALL, BUFFALO, 2017

This "Welcome" wall is a beautiful project in which welcome is displayed in 10+ languages, honoring the history of cultures in the area and also inviting the new cultures to this neighborhood in East Buffalo, one that is quickly becoming one of the more internationally diverse.

 

ALLENTOWN ON THE RISE, ALLENTOWN, 201?

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Broad and Federal Streets, South Philadelphia

76ERS BEYOND THE COURT, PHILADELPHIA, 2017

76ers: Beyond the Court speaks to city history and pays homage to local heroes: the Philadelphia 76ers. Many hands took part in the creative process for the mural by artist Ernel Martinez, which responded to a design from local fifth grader Brendan Dougherty.

 

RICHARD ALLEN MURAL, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

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POSTCARD MURAL, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

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JEFFERSON HALL COMMISSION, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

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STEELEY VAN, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

Restoration of a vintage VW bus

 

BRIDGING IDENTITIES, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

Bridging Identities, student-driven Moore College community mural

 

LET FREEDOM RING, PHILADELPHIA, 201?

Broadspire Convention live mural, Philadelphia

 

4008 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia

BUILDING BROTHERHOOD, PHILADELPHIA, 2015

Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males of Color is a new initiative that encourages dialogue amongst men and boys of color. Through weekly workshops in North and South Philadelphia, public town hall meetings and live theatre performances around the city, Building Brotherhood: Engaging Males of Color has raised much-needed awareness of the challenges faced by men and boys of color and inspire individual and community resiliency.

 

LOVING MEMORIES, PHILADELPHIA, 2015

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AQUATIC VISION, PHILADELPHIA, 2015

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21st and Ellsworth Streets, South Philadelphia

ASPIRE: NO LIMITS, Philadelphia, 2014

Mural Arts and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, of the Grammy© Award-winning band The Roots, worked together to create ASpire: No Limits, a mural celebrating the life of Shawn L. “Air Smooth” White, Ph.D. Dr. White was a community leader, father, and educator who created educational health initiatives on HIV/AIDS as well as sexually-transmitted diseases aimed at young African American men in Philadelphia, before he passed away suddenly in April 2013. A series of workshops, programs, and community paint days accompanied the creation of the mural. 

 

4119 Lancaster Avenue, West Philadelphia

JOURNEY2HOME, PHILADELPHIA, 2014

journey2home was a year-long, socially engaged public art project initiated by Mural Arts in collaboration with youth enrolled in our Art Education program and in other activities sponsored by local community organizations.

 

STAIRCASES AND MOUNTAINTOPS: ASCENDING BEYOND THE DREAM, PHILADELPHIA, 2014

PhillyRising Collaborative and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in North Philadelphia approached Mural Arts Philadelphia about renovating the older murals at the Center. Following their meeting, Mural Arts gathered a team to create Staircases and Mountaintops: Ascending Beyond the Dream, a continuation and expansion of the work Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Guild Program was already doing at the facility.

 

MLK, CHESTERTOWN, 2014

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OUR FIELD OF YOUR DREAMS, PHILADELPHIA, 2014

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512 S. Broad Street, Center City

LEGENDARY, PHILADELPHIA, 2013

Legendary is a part of the Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection, a curated collection of Mural Arts murals that capture the rich African American experience in Philadelphia. The collection, narrated by Questlove, provides in-depth, engaging information about the murals’ themes and surrounding communities.

 

DIRECTIONS OF PERSPECTIVE, PHILADELPHIA, 2013

 

 

SPEED, PHILADELPHIA, 2013

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PHILLY BLISS, PHILADELPHIA, 2013

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MADE IN AMERICA, PHILADELPHIA, 2012

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2417 Ridge Avenue, North Philadelphia

COLOR OF YOUR Voice, PHILADELPHIA, 2012

The mural is entitled The Color of Your Voice and represents a partnership between Mural Arts, Project HOME, the Hank Gathers Rec Center, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. The mural design incorporates perspectives on community resilience, history, and individual strengths and challenges. The mural design draws from poetry created by community members in weekly Porch Light workshops at Hank Gathers Rec Center between October 2011 and May 2012.

 

THE FACES THAT SHAPE US, PHILADELPHIA, 2012

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