To expand community involvement in the arts and enhance the urban landscape of Northwest Philadelphia, the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will host a series of Community Paint Days in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program to complete four new public murals. Relative to the rest of the city, the Northwest currently has few existing murals, and this project celebrates the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill while fostering community participation in the arts. This vision for the Northwest will invite participation in the arts process while harnessing the strength that is present in these neighborhoods. Murals will be designed and painted through a series of Community Paint Days in MAAG’s 5,000 square foot location, led by mural artists in collaboration with community members. Free and open to the public, these Paint Days will engage new arts audiences by reaching out to underrepresented communities and drawing participants from local schools, businesses, and community organizations. MAAG member artists will take a leadership role in Northwest community outreach.
The next community meeting for the Germantown Mural will be held Nov. 21, 6 pm at 5534-36 Pulaski Ave. All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to participate in determining a theme to this community mural to represent your voice and your vision. Join us in celebrating the Northwest’s unique voice and vision created by our lifelong residents, young people, and all points between.