Mural Arts is launching a two-year, $300,000 program to pay homeless people to paint murals

Mural Arts and MHP are still working out details of the Philadelphia program, like how participants will be referred — possibly out of the Hub of Hope homeless services center. (Project HOME, which runs that center with the city, did not respond to requests for comment; the city departments of behavioral health and of homeless services both declined comment.) But they have a wall, and they’ve booked lead artists Michelle Oosterbaan, a painter, muralist, and art professor at local colleges, and Alvin Tull, whose first introduction to murals was working on a piece on the city’s Ridge Shelter, where he was staying before that work helped him transform his life.