Mural Arts Philadelphia

Established in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia is now the nation’s largest public arts program, engaging communities in 50–100 public art projects each year.  Through its Guild program, roughly 60 formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation are offered paid apprenticeships, through which they learn job and life skills while working on creative projects designed to transform their neighborhoods.  The 1-year recidivism rate for program graduates is just 16 percent, less than half of the state’s 35 percent average.