Artist in Residency, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Hiring Organization: 
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, September 1st, 2014


We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art.

Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding.

Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society.

We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.


This includes more than 2,000 who enroll in ongoing art and muralism workshops offered by our Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light programs; more than 8,000 who co-create our stunning works of public art; and more than 15,000 who tour our multi-neighborhood collection. Annually, we produce between 50 and 100 temporary and permanent pieces which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia's beauty and resilience.

In 2011 the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PP&R) launched a collaboration that aligns PP&R's objective to develop high-level practices and leadership in "out of school" activities with Mural Arts' mission to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

Arts & Artists Outdoors (A2O), an artist residency program, uses free arts programming and community engagement to foster an appreciation of the natural and environmental assets of Philadelphia. Each artist in residence is paired with a selected recreation center, where he/she leads twice weekly art workshops for youth and family community workshops on some Saturdays. During these workshops, the artist leads participants in engaging, hands-on arts activities that highlight the natural resources of the nearby green space and culminates in a temporary or permanent artwork at the recreation center.

The A2O Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and shepherding the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 year of theArts & Artists Outdoors program. The A2O Program Coordinator will be managed by the Special Youth Programs & Partnerships manager in the Art Education Department.

The height of the working season will be immediately before and during programming.

Unlike previous sessions, Mural Arts will select 5 artists to work for both the Fall & Spring sessions. Each artist will be expected to stay at the same site for the year, and complete one final project by the end of the Spring session.

Fall 2014 session: Monday, October 6th- December 12th, 2014

Spring 2015 session: Monday, March 9th- Friday May 15th, 2014

Criteria for Artist in Residence include:

- Incorporate environmental awareness or issues of sustainability creatively into artwork and activities.

- Experience and ability to engage youth and community creatively through art-making.

- Live near or in Philadelphia. There will be no stipend for transportation.

Responsibilities for Artist in Residence include:

- Lead youth workshops (age 10-14) twice weekly at recreation center. Each youth workshop is 2 hours long.

- Lead 4 community workshops in total, 2 during the Fall session and 2 during the Spring session. Each workshop is 3 hours long.

- Create final temporary or permanent artwork by the end of the Spring session to live at the recreation center.

- Manage Assistant Artist.

- Purchase classroom and artist supplies ($1000 stipend will be provided).

- Create work plan or curriculum, which outlines goals of weekly classes and workshops.

- Develop project proposal and participate in the Mural Arts Program's design review process, incorporating feedback as needed.

- Attend Program Orientations with Recreation Center staff, Parks and Recreation, and Mural Arts on September 9th 2014 & in late February 2015 (TBD).

Each artist in residence will receive $25 per hour for up to 200 hours of work. An additional $1000 stipend for materials will also be provided. Every artist will be supported in and out of the classroom by an assistant artist.

How to apply


Name: ______________


Home Phone:____ Mobile Phone:_____ Email:_____________

Valid Driver's License?: ___ Own a Car?:_____

Please type responses and attach to the application. Each response must be 1-3 paragraphs long.

1) How do nature and issues of the environment influence your art-making?

2) Briefly describe and reflect upon a sample art activity that you have facilitated, which engaged youth (roughly ages 10-14) in your art-making process.

3) What role could you play as an artist, linking the Recreation Facility-- and its green space-- to the community?

Along with application and responses, please submit:

1) 5-10 digital images of your artwork.

- All images must be labeled with the artist's first and last name and number (order to be viewed).

- ex. smith_jane_02

2) Digital Identification Form

- The form must correspond with the numbers on your labels.

3) Current Resume or Bio (one page typed)

Complete application should include:

- Application form

- Typed responses

- 5-10 images

- Digital Identification Form

- Current Resume or Bio

Applications must be received (not postmarked) by Monday, September 1st, 2014. Email your applications to

Or mail to:

Mural Arts Program

c/o Jocelyn Nelson

Lincoln Financial MuralArtsCenter

Thomas-Eakins House

1727-29 Mt. Vernon Street

Philadelphia, PA19130

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