Creating a mural project to illuminate and destigmatize behavioral health issues in North Philadelphia

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.The Porch Light Initiative will work to de-stigmatize mental illness, increase the awareness of mental health resources and promote support for those in recovery through community-based mural making. Deeply rooted in communities of color, mural art-making has a history of engaging vulnerable groups in beautifying their neighborhoods. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will lead artistic collaborations with three North Philadelphia agencies that serve a cross section of some of the city's most underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods. Participants will include homeless women and children, youth in recovery and Latino seniors.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2010

Time frame: 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 67921


Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates

1729 Mount Vernon Street
Philadelphia, 19130-3321


Sara Ansell
Project Director