Murals are stories - written or spoken - that make their way onto the walls of the city. The work of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program is fueled by the diverse stories of individuals, families and communities. In this class, developed through a partnership with the Mural Arts Program, participants study the historic context of murals in Philadelphia and explore the process of visual translation and community collaboration. Participants learn how to transform writing, storytelling and oral history traditions into the creation of a small-scale mural project in their schools and how this activity can be adapted to a variety of subject areas and diverse learners. The course includes a guided tour of Philadelphia murals, as well as guest speakers and projects that build an understanding of collaborative artmaking. Each participant creates a small panel that is installed as a group mural and learns some of the technical steps that are required to develop mural proposals and installations in school environments.
Through graduate courses, the Professional Institute for Educators develops innovative and creative educational programming to serve the professional development needs of K-12 teachers in and through the arts.