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Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

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Creative Exchange: The Porch Light takes the transformative power of art to the streets

Porch Light, a Mural Arts program, takes the idea of the transformative power of art and turns it into action, ultimately using it as a catalyst for change.

Mural Arts has three departments that focus on collaborative projects with other groups. There is an arts education program that works with youth, a restorative justice program that works with incarcerated Philadelphians, and Porch Light, which works with people receiving services from mental health agencies.

"This is participatory public art [that we] apply to the field of behavioral health," says Sara Ansell, Porch Light program director. The initiative is designed to aid in people's recovery, but also to "de-stigmatize issues around behavioral health."

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