From September 12 through September 23, Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting the Arts + Environmental Justice Symposium. Led by the Mural Arts Institute, the two-week series of events invites artists, activists, cultural workers, environmental justice advocates, organizers, scientists, scholars, and government officials to discuss how creative people and practices are helping explore the intersection of racial, environmental, and economic justice, and meeting the specific calls of the moment.

While most events are virtual and free, September 14 will bring people together for a full day of in-person and hybrid programming at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Pre-registration is required and sliding scale admission (Solidarity through Redistribution) ensures access to the full symposium, lunch, rooftop beer garden, and networking event.

Building upon the efforts of artists and activists stewarding this work across the country through the Arts and Environmental Justice Capacity Building Initiative, Mural Arts Philadelphia is bringing together conversations, workshops, film screenings, and events that highlight transformative cultural practices and participatory public art that shift ecological, political, and social experiences of front-line communities. In times like these, the essential roles that artists and cultural workers play in communities become clear, including helping us heal, stay connected, make meaning out of pain, imagine our better future together, and take collective action.

Speakers include but are not limited to: Jane Golden (Mural Arts Philadelphia), Helen Gym (Philadelphia City Council), Denise Bright Dove Ashton-Dunkley (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation), Members of The Climate Justice Initiative, Adrienne Mackey (Swim Pony Performing Arts), Tina Plokarz (Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education), Chloe Wang (Bartram’s Garden), and Priscilla Bell Lamberty (Artist and Educator).

To learn more and register, visit