Art Outside Join host Conrad Benner, founder of the Streets Dept. blog, as he speaks with some of the most prolific street artists in Philadelphia about why their work is so vital to their lives, and ours.
Art Outside

Art Outside

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Join host Conrad Benner, founder of the Streets Dept. blog, as he speaks with some of the most prolific street artists in Philadelphia about why their work is so vital to their lives, and ours.

Most Recent Episodes

BUSTA

In the season finale of Art Outside, we're talking to the graffiti artist, BUSTA. We learn how he took his craft from a sketchbook in Colombia, to art school, then into the streets of Philly, and why he thinks non-commissioned public art is actually healthy for cities. SHOW NOTES Chía, Colombia Busta's Instagram BUSTA's website Streets Dept. Oral History with Busta

Nilé Livingston

We're talking to prolific Philadelphia muralist Nilé Livingston. We learn about Philly's famous ballroom scene, and their most recent project that pays tribute to it. Nilé shows us that their practice is more than just putting paint on a wall. Making a mural takes a commitment to the community. SHOW NOTES Nilé Livingston website PGN story on the 'Finally on 13th' mural Streets Dept interview with Nilé Ballroom hall of famer Jacen Bowman shares his story William Way Community Center Finally on 13th assisting artists Ernel Martinez, Donna Grace Kroh, Yuliya Sermenova, Jingle Masters, Rosie Morales, and De'von Downes

Symone Salib

We're wheatpasting with Symone Salib. We talk to one of Philly's most well-known street artists about how she landed multiple projects with national brands, and how her creative work helps her heal. SHOW NOTES Symone Salib Instagram Feed. Streets Dept profile of Symone's That's Gay series installation. Limited edition Skittles designs. Philly Mag Q&A. PHL Airport Exhibition.

El Toro

We're talking with El Toro, a muralist and one of the founders of Philadelphia's hand-drawn sticker scene. We'll learn what it was like moving from the Philippines to the U.S. as a kid, why he recently came out of anonymity, and hear the origin story of his namesake character. Show Notes El Toro Instagram Feed Streets Dept INTV with El Toro 10 Year Retrospective INTV with Owner's Magazine

Kid Hazo

We speak with Kid Hazo — an anonymous artist who's basically Philly's own Banksy. We'll talk about how he got into street art and developed his unique style, his playful pranks on the PPA and PAFA, and why he keeps his identity a secret. Show Notes Kid Hazo Instagram Page Streets Dept. Interview with Kid Hazo KH Queen Village Installation The Inquirer covers the PPA prank PAFA and the Poop Emoji

Trailer: Art Outside

Why do we create on the walls around us? From French cave paintings created some 17,000 years ago to political graffiti on the streets of Pompeii, humanity has always longed to make art for everyone to see. Whether commissioned or not, the art we share is essential to who we are. There's no better place to see this in practice than in Philadelphia. It's the birthplace of the modern-day graffiti movement, home to the largest public arts program in the nation, and is often called the "Mural Capital of the World." Join host Conrad Benner, founder of the Streets Dept blog, as he speaks with some of the most prolific street artists in the city about why their work is so vital to their lives, and ours.