Using Art To Lift Homeless, Enhance Transit

Mar 10, 2023

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

Recording: Using Art To Lift Homeless, Enhance Transit, Mar 10, 2023

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s innovative Color Me Back program offers people experiencing economic and/or housing insecurity an opportunity to make art, earn same-day pay and access social services. In partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the program reimagines the transit agency’s public spaces with a series of colorful murals adorning its walls and concrete columns. Participants in the program engage with outreach specialists who link them with support services, including social and behavioral health services and potential longer-term employment. Learn how Color Me Back positions art as a catalyst for change to create healthier, stronger and more beautiful communities.

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photo of Jane Golden
Jane Golden

Mural Arts Philadelphia

photo of Nadia Malik
Nadia Malik

Mural Arts Philadelphia

photo of Leslie S. Richards
Leslie S. Richards

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

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