Art + Community

The Murals

We are literally covering the Germantown ArtHaus in vibrant, community-created art!

Background art by Victoria Holmes

“Absolute Equality:

Full Circle

Philly’s 1st Juneteenth Mural

on the west-facing wall of The Germantown ArtHaus.

This new Philadelphia Mural celebrates ‘Freedom Day,’ the first of its kind in Philadelphia. It was unveiled and dedicated at The Germantown ArtHaus on Saturday, June 17th during the 2023  Philadelphia’s Juneteenth Festival. The mural is a multi-year project with the aim to tell the story “full circle,” from freedom (in Africa) through enslavement, “emancipation,” Jim Crow, systemic racism, police brutality to a future created collaboratively with community; one of peace, trust and empowerment. 

The 2023 Juneteenth installation was phase one of a three-phase project. Stay tuned for phase two in June of 2024! See below for additional information.

Check out some of the press about the June 17th Mural Dedication Ceremony!

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Transforming Tragedy Image

”Transforming Tragedy:

A Gateway to HOPE

Community Artists Mural

Scheduled for June 2024

20 Artists • 500 sq. ft. • Huge Community Impact

The Juneteenth mural expand in 2024 to host the works of
Philadelphia fine artists’ response to the following creative brief:

Create a piece of artwork (painted, 3-D relief, etc.) that:… honors the life of a victim of police brutality and points to a future  of HOPE; where we won’t have to create a mural like this ever again.

Artists may interpret this in any way they wish that can be installed permanently on the ArtHaus wall.

      FOLLOW THE PROJECT + LEARN MORE!

      PHASE 2: The Specs

      Exterior Wall where mural will be.

      The Germantown ArtHaus Mural Wall before restoration.

      This west-facing wall will be undergoing a radical transformation! Each of the 20 artists  will create their work in a 5×5 foot diamond shape that will be installed like a patchwork quilt with text, imagery, portraits and more!

      JUNE 2021 UPDATE

      Rudy the Stucco Guy’s’ name may be funny but his work is stellar! He came highly recommended and boy, did we need him!

      After years of delayed maintenance the exterior stucco was peeling off of the mural wall, there was a whole half-wall on the 3rd floor that needed to be knocked down and the ENTIRE wall needed to be redone with a new texture.

      JULY 2021 UPDATE

      7/24/2021: Participating Mural Artist, Paige Elizabeth, joined ArtHaus Founder, Keisha Whatley at Whatley’s studio to divide the 100 feet of mural cloth. Each artist is headed to the Studio next week to pick up their 25sq. ft. of cloth to begin working on their piece.

      The project was blessed by the Mural Provisions supply organization when they donated exterior paints for the project so each artist that wants paint can take some to their studios!

      ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS!

      Artists will be starting their works soon and as we complete Studio Visits, this section will be full of video interviews, photos and more behind the scenes sneak peeks at each artist’s project.

      The Philly Youth

      Selfie Project

      The Germantown ArtHaus tiled with the self-portraits of Philadelphia’s Youth! The Philly Youth Selfie Project paired some of Philadelphia’s best fine artists with groups of Philly Youth to create self-portraits that now tile the east-facing wall of the Germantown ArtHaus!

      Photo of the Selfie Project tiled portraits on the side of the ArtHaus building with a bright blue, cloudy sky
      ART IS THE JOURNEY OF A FREE SOUL