Muralist Training

Muralist Training Program  

The Muralist Training Program (MTP) is a program for artists intending to improve their abilities to lead a community-driven mural project using the Mural Arts polytab method of mural production. This 8-week learning experience will be led by a diverse range of Mural Arts professionals on topics that includes community engagement, management tools, and mural production, within the context of Mural Arts’ 40 year history in Philadelphia.

We seek to build a cohort of approximately 12-15 artists from a diverse range of backgrounds to be part of the 2024 class. This program is ideal for both artists interested in developing their mural-making skills as well as artists who want to amplify their community-engagement strategies.

Hybrid Program Outline 

Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting January 23rd and one Saturday March 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*In-Person Sessions are all held at Mural Arts’ offices at 1729 Mt Vernon St. in Philadelphia

Session 1, Jan. 23 (Virtual): Intro to Mural Arts’ mission and approach to projects
Session 2, Jan 30 (In person): Community Engagement: Planning through Design
Session 3, Feb 6 (Virtual) Site Selection and Design Presentation
Session 4, Feb 13 (Virtual) Photoshop for Muralists (for design, production, presenting)
Session 5, Feb 20 (Virtual or in person) Contract Highlights and Permissions
Session 6, Feb 27 (In person) Community Meetings & Concept Reviews
Session 7, March 5 (Virtual) Budgets & Timelines
Session 8 Part 1, March 9 (In person), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. includes lunch, Mural Production, wall-prep to polytab
Session 8 Part 2, March 9 (In person), 2 – 4 p.m., Artist-led case studies, open house, general q&a


This application-based opportunity is led by the Mural Arts Institute with the primary goal of building the capacity of artists living in the city of Philadelphia. The fee to participate is as follows:

  • Philadelphian & Philadelphia metro-area artists $500
  • Non-Philadelphian artists $2,000

In an effort to promote pathways for increased diversity within arts leadership, Mural Arts will subsidize the participation fee for those who identify as Person’s of Color as follows:

  • Philadelphian & Philadelphia metro-area artists (POC) is $250
  • Non-Philadelphian artists (POC) is $1,000

We will also offer 2 fully funded scholarships to artists to participate in this program based on the opportunity for growth demonstrated in their application, and need.

Participants will receive toolkits, a Level Up card deck, and mural-making supply samples.

How to Apply 


Space is limited. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Dedication and interest to process and to community-based practices
  • Examples of artworks, or artistic skills and that can be applied to mural-making
  • Exploration of, or commitment to art in public space
  • Opportunity for growth

Special consideration will be given to applicants with:

  • Lived experience as or demonstrated deep allyship with Black, Indigenous, People of Color, queer, trans, disabled, and/or working class folks in Philadelphia.
  • Historical institutional exclusion from traditional spaces of artist training and education.


DEADLINE EXTENDED Online application due December 10, 2023
Selected artists will be notified by December 15, 2023
Accepted artists must complete registration by January 8, 2023

Apply Here

Photoshop for Emerging Muralists 

Coming soon!

The Muralist Training Program connects all the dots, puts faces to names with resourceful information.

- Khalid Dennis, MTP 2023 participant

This is a short, thorough, and sweet spot to learn from practitioners who know a lot.

- Lili Razi, MTP 2023 participant

What I loved most about the Muralist Training Program was learning different ways to engage the community while co-creating with them to bring visibility to issues I'm passionate about, like women's mental health and making an impact through art.

- Chanelle René, MTP 2023 participant