The Mural Arts Program started in Philadelphia in 1984 as part of the cities Anti-Graffiti Network. With graffiti removal requests jumped from 1,000 in 2010 to 7,500 in 2013, the program is now providing street artists space to create and showcase their art rather than vandalize the city. The director of the program is also a Penn State professor. She is working with her students in selecting street artists for the murals. From there, the street artists can invite almost anyone to help paint the murals. Likewise, the Penn State students work with local high schools and community groups to design the murals. The goal is to give space to the street artists rather than leaving them to vandalize someone’s property.
Source: Mural Arts Program