City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

How Philly Moves Public Art Project Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best
by Americans for the Arts. read »
June 8, 2012

thINKingDANCE – interview with photographer JJ Tiziou

“It’s not creating connectedness; it’s reminding people of connectedness.”
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JJ Tiziou, January 10, 2012

The Philadelphia Tribune

“How Philly Moves is based on our longstanding commitment to public art. It’s also about the celebration of community. Over a thousand people worked on this mural and have been engaged in the education and design component. That really is the power of art – to bring people together to provide something that is so visually appealing, but also unifying.”
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Mayor Michael Nutter, October 21, 2011

Newsworks – Capturing the beauty in ‘How Philly Moves’

“Create an environment where a person feels enough at ease to be joyful; therein lies beauty.”
read and watch video by Lindsay Lazarski »
Peter Crimmins, December 13, 2011

CBS News – Jane Golden talks up How Philly Moves

Jane Golden interviews with co-anchors Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl on Eyewitness News on CBS 3! watch interview »

Delco Daily Times

“…a diverse range of luminous dancing figures unified…the energy of movement is unmistakable.”
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Bette Alburger, October 25, 2011

A.V. Club – Interview with Lead Muralist Jon Laidacker

“I think a lot of [people] tend to just see the finished product and not see the people in the background, all the teamwork and community events that go into a production…all of the conversations that are sparked, all the ideas that are ignited…” read »
Jon Laidacker, October 12, 2011


“The mural does a superb job of representing Philly’s essence – its colorful mix of cultures, strong arts scene, animated urban population…” read »
Kristina Jenkins, WhereTraveler – Philadelphia, October 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“…the most ambitious mural project the city has ever undertaken…” read »
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“City’s new gateway…Mural designer Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou took 18,000 photos of 174 dancers – pros and amateurs, preschoolers and grandmoms. A team of muralists then spent months bringing the figures to life…” read »
Monica Yant Kinney, April 27, 2011


“Flight of fancy surrounds airport in mural of dancers…Tiziou chose the 26 images based on the way the figures harmonized visually rather than any particularly spectacular dance step. Tiziou said the point is to show the diversity and exuberance of the people of Philadelphia.” read »
Peter Crimmins, April 27, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Capturing the energy that makes a city move…” read »
Lewis Whittington, April 21, 2011

Philadelphia City Paper

“When he’s working, Jacques-Jean “J.J.” Tiziou is intensely physical, bordering on acrobatic. He bounds around in a flurry of motion and has even hung backward off moving vehicles. It seems difficult, even strenuous, considering what he does: He takes photographs.” read »
John Vettese, April 7, 2011

JUMP Magazine

“He flies back and forth, weaving his way through the performers, throwing himself into the midst of the fast-paced music. Like a magnet, he spots where the center of energy is, fully saturating in the power of the moment.” read »
Cary Carr, March 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The subjects of How Philly Moves will star in Philadelphia’s most audacious mural yet, a supersize visual gateway befitting the city’s status as having the largest public-art program in America.” read »
Monica Yant Kinney, October 7, 2010

The Pennsylvania Gazette

“To some observers, he almost appeared to be dancing with his subjects.” read »
Rachel Estrada Ryan, May, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Sipping h6 coffee at his computer, Tiziou scrolls through photographs of the young and the wrinkled, the round and the taut, falling in love with all of them.” read »
Monica Yant Kinney, March 24, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“…following the vision of local photographer Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou, the nation’s largest mural program set out to erect one of the world’s largest murals.” read »
Monica Yant Kinney, February 3, 2010

The Phillyist

“Long-time readers of Phillyist perhaps know how much we respect, admire, and yes, even love local photographer and man-about-town JJ Tiziou.” read »
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, February 2, 2010.

The Philadelphia Bulletin

“Some photographers have the gift of capturing a subject’s spirit in a single frame. Others have the ability to reveal beauty in the unconventional. A rare breed finds a way to serve their neighborhood while reaching out to the world with their talent. Jacques-Jean ‘JJ’ Tiziou does it all.” read »
Andrea Hammer, Jan 5, 2009

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Blog

“It was as if he had trained with the dancers, just so he’d be ready to shoot the show.” read »
Ellery Biddle, Sept 11, 2008


“A first-call freelance photographer and avid community activist” read »
Martin Brown, July 28, 2008

Philadelphia City Paper

“The man approaches his subjects with comfort and zeal” read »
John Vettese, June 17, 2008