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LOCATION: Philadelphia

Through participatory public art, Mural Arts Philadelphia inspires change in people, place, and practice, creating opportunity for a more just and equitable Philadelphia.

Mural Arts annually engages 25,000 people in 50 to 100 public art projects involving a range of partners, sites, and issues in Philadelphia.

Each year, thousands of visitors and residents tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at Mural Arts


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with youth, communities, and public schools connected to the Restored Spaces Initiative, which uses socially-engaged public art practice as a platform for neighborhood change grounded in environmental justice.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow’s direct service work will focus on innovative forms of community outreach and public education through arts and design-based practices—techniques that have been honed by Mural Arts over three decades of working with Philadelphia youth. The Fellow will be coached in Project Based Learning and the pedagogy and practice of using game design and play as an equity tool for community engagement. This work will inform the implementation of new public art and environmental projects at schools and in public spaces. The Fellow will:

Learn and apply game design as an entry point for environmental education.

Work with project stakeholders to design and apply curricula for youth and community engagement at public schools involved with Playful Learning Schoolyards.

Train and support youth participants in Trash Academy, including organizing a Plastic Bag Awareness Campaign.

Oversee youth and community collaboration efforts at other Restored Spaces sites.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow’s project work will include the operation of Trash Academy and management of public art and environmental interventions at two to four public schools with the support Mural Arts’ seasoned project management staff. The Fellow may also:

Create and edit project materials for publication.

Conduct evaluations with community and youth participants.

Conduct outreach and organize meetings.

Design public programs.

Generate replication guides, trainings, and other resources for organizations that express interest in replicating Restored Spaces’ model for socially-engaged public art.

Preferred experience: research, writing, graphic design, community organizing, tracking and documenting project data, project management, graphic design and arts-based practice.

In addition to achieving outcomes in the communities it engages, Restored Spaces has a significant influence on Mural Arts as a whole. At the vanguard of innovative public art practices, Restored Spaces incubates new and more authentic ways to place a community at the center of Mural Arts’ work, as well as modeling innovative approaches to building environmental awareness, action, and activism. The Fellow will be a key player in Restored Spaces’ role as a think tank at Mural Arts by bringing new ideas, expertise, and experience to the team.


Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.” 

Please visit our website and send a resume and a cover letter to restoredspaces@muralarts.org

by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST)), expressing your interest in working at Mural Arts and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email. 

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. 

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.