Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

Sara Ansell


Date Project Title
07/2010 to 12/2014 Porch Light Initiative


Just Released: Final Evaluation of the Porch Light Study


The Yale School of Medicine spent four years evaluating our Porch Light program – a collaborative endeavor of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and DBHIDS that aims to catalyze positive changes in the community, improve the physical environment, create opportunities for social connectedness, develop skills to enhance resilience and recovery, promote...

Porch Light Final Evaluation Report

Can public art promote public health? This is the central question addressed in this four-year evaluation of the Porch Light Program, a collaborative endeavor of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Porch Light seeks to create public murals that transform neighborhoods and promote the health of...

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...

Want to get the latest on the Porch Light Initiative?

Check out our facebook page! We'll post updates refrequently and shed more light on the program, our partners, and innovative approaches to addressing behavioral health challenges. We would be happy to link to other programs so please feel free to contact Sara Ansell at to learn more about linkages we can make via...

How do you measure public art's impact on health?


The Porch Light Initiative is more than a ground-breaking alternative therapeutic model aimed at improving individual and community health - it is a pioneering research study. The Yale School of Medicine is currently conducting community-based participatory research on the Porch Light Initiative to assess the impact the program has on individual and community-level outcome measures.  ...

Join us at the upcoming Mural Arts mural dedications!


As part of Mural Arts Month, we are thrilled to invite you to the Porch Light Initiative's Mural Dedications!   Together with community members, artists, service providers, service recipients, and city-wide stakeholders, The Porch Light Initiative strives to improve the health of individuals and communities through human connection and art. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the...

What is the Porch Light Initiative?

How do murals impact people's health and what people are we hoping to reach? Below you'll find FAQs about the Porch Light Initiative to help answer these questions. I'll also post some pictures of program in action at each of our partner sites to illustrate the kind of work our artists and participants engage in and create. Hopefully the connection between...