By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the largest of its kind in the nation, is beginning another Tour Season, displaying and explaining works that make up the city’s outdoor art gallery.
Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden says it’s a unique Philadelphia experience.
“We’re looking at our collection as if it were inside a museum or gallery,” she said.
The options include hopping on trains or trolleys and walking, showing off not only Center City but off the beaten path to neighborhoods.
One new trolley tour through West Philadelphia is called America’s First Highway Mural Tour – Lincoln Highway – also known as Route 30.
“And if you come on tour you’ll see great art and hear great stories.”
Golden says Philadelphia’s Reimagined Landscapes Mural Tour goes through Frankford, Kensington and Fishtown.
“We talk about when Philadelphia was the workshop of the world, but Philadelphia is remaking this new workshop of the world with our artistic class and our creative economy.”
Walking Tours have been divided into two routes, Mural Mile North through Old City, Chinatown and near City Hall and Mural Mile South, exploring outdoor art down to Lombard Street and back along the 13th Street corridor.
The Mural Arts Love Letter Train tour continues along the El, featuring a series of 50 rooftop murals from 45th to 63rd Streets along the Market Street corridor in West Philadelphia.