About the Project
The Barnes is collaborating with Mural Arts Philadelphia to creatively reuse our former guest services center. The small structure, uniquely situated at the edge of our site, is an ideal place for art activations that function as a critical bridge to communities near us.
Mural Arts' Restorative Justice program engages individuals who are incarcerated, on probation, or on work release. The program provides opportunities for these individuals to reconnect with society in productive ways through community engagement, skill-building, and collaborative mural projects.
In January and February, the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes will host classes for the Guild, Mural Arts’ paid apprenticeship program, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation forge bonds with their community while developing job skills. You’ll also find artists working with the program—muralist Ben Volta and former Guild participant and rising star Russell Craig—using the space as a studio.
Please come by and meet Mural Arts staff, artists working with the Restorative Justice program, and members of the Guild during our open studio hours:
Sunday, February 4, noon – 2pm
Sunday, March 4, noon – 2pm
Love Across the USA
This spring and through much of 2018, you’ll find New York–based artist Olek using the studio as part of her 50-state community public art project, Love Across the USA. Olek will work with participants to create a portrait of an important Philadelphia woman through a series of workshops held here and throughout the city. Participants will create small crochet squares that will be sewn together to create a final mural.
More details about the project and how to participate will be announced in the coming months.
What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? That was the question posed by Monument Lab, a citywide public art and history project produced by Mural Arts in 2017. Our studio was used to host the Monument Lab field research office, where idea-gathering sessions, open houses, and artist activations were held over a number of months.