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History of Mural Arts Philadelphia Highlighted by Vox

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Apr 24, 2017

A recent video produced by Vox asks an important question: Why does Philadelphia have so many murals? Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, provides an answer. She discusses how she was hired by the city in the 1980s to think differently about how to combat rampant graffiti. Ultimately, she created a mural arts program that recruited community leaders and artists and transformed the visual landscape of the city.

According to Vox, “The wall art is a formidable tool in the fight against urban blight, and it also draws tourists to different parts of the city. Murals can also transform the lives of people who paint them: Mural Arts Philadelphia has programs for schools, prisons, ex-convicts, and people recovering from substance abuse issues, all of which have been shown to improve outcomes.”

You can watch the full video here.

About Mural Arts Philadelphia

For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

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