Language Lab, 2015. Mural. Courtesy of the artist.


Shira Walinsky is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher who has worked with communities throughout Philadelphia. Her projects are grassroots community projects that work with underutilized spaces in the city. She is compelled by the personal story and modes of representations from the painted portrait to the documentary. Her murals can be seen throughout the city of Philadelphia. 

In 2012, Walinsky co- founded by Southeast by Southeast through Mural Arts Philadelphia. Southeast by Southeast is a community center for new refugees from Burma and Bhutan in South Philadelphia. Southeast by Southeast has been presented at the North American Refugee Health conference in Rochester, NY. Her work has also been shown at PAFA, Asian Arts Initiative, and the ICA Philadelphia. She is currently working on a series of short films about the Burmese and Bhutanese refugee experience in Philadelphia with teens in South Philadelphia.