IF YOU COULD HEAR THESE WALLS

Documentary Premiere: July 12 at International House Philadelphia
Since the project activities concluded in November 2014, we've been busy working on a documentary of If You Could Hear These Walls. Finally, ACF and Mural Arts can share this project with those unable to witness it in person. The documentary offers a behind the scenes look at how the composers created new music inspired by art and how they touched the lives of local Philadelphians. Join us for the premiere screening on July 12 (2-4pm) at I-House Philly. The premiere will be both a celebration of the project and the beginning of an effort to bring the impact of this project to a larger audience. The composers and community members will also reunite for this event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Come discover what is possible when composers offer their passion and talent in order to impact the lives of community members through music!

For directions, parking, and other venue information, please visit the
International House Philadelphia website.
A Synthesis of Sight and Sound
If You Could Hear These Walls is about experiencing Philadelphia murals in unexpected ways through music - transforming the perception of murals from mere public art into valuable community gathering places. It's about connecting composers with people that live near the murals and helping the communities further explore their identity.

A collaboration between the
American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the project features 14 composers writing new compositions in various genres for three iconic murals. In addition to writing new music, they will turn their talents towards the residents of the diverse communities around the murals and offer workshops, classes, and lessons on music performance and composition.

Join us for three culminating concerts at the mural sites on the following dates:
  • October 11: Southeast by Southeast
  • October 12: Peace is a Haiku Song
  • October 18: Henry Ossawa Tanner: Letters of Influence

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*All events are free to the public and will occur rain or shine

Watch the Promotional Video

Southeast by Southeast
 © 2013 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Shira Walinsky & Miriam Singer
7th & Emily Streets
Photo by Steve Weinik. Used by permission.
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Letters of Influence
 © 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Keir Johnston
2019 N. College Avenue
Photo by Steve Weinik. Used by permission.
Peace  is a Haiku Song
© 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Josh Sarantitis & Parris Stancell
1425 Christian Street
Photo by Steve Weinik. Used by permission.