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Love Letter by Steve Powers, produced by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Zoe Strauss.

Questions of Practice: Mural Arts’ Jane Golden on Seeing Creative Opportunity

Jane Golden, executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, walks us through her process when considering a blank wall at the beginning of a mural project. She thinks of the space “in terms of opportunity,” she says, and begins by thinking about the community and the “civic life of the city.”

Jane Golden, founder and executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, on seeing creative opportunity. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on March 3, 2015.

Jane Golden is the founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Mural Arts), the largest public art program in the nation. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created more than 3,800 works of public art in the Philadelphia area. She works from the belief that public art can affect community outcomes, and oversees Mural Arts programs in art education, restorative justice, and behavioral health.