30 Years of Transformation
See how we've shaped neighborhoods, people and the landscape of Philadelphia for the past 3 decades. Video directed by Jon Kaufman
Music 'No Stoppin' (feat. Black Thought, Gene Mcfadden & John Whitehead) by Larry Gold
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The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Mural Arts) is the nation’s largest public art program. 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.
Mural Arts was first established in 1984 as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network’s effort to eradicate the city’s graffiti crisis. Artist Jane Golden was hired to reach out to graffiti writers and redirect their energies to constructive public art projects.
In 1985 PAGN painted its first mural, Life in the City, on a 636-foot span of the Spring Garden Street Bridge. Jane Golden and a crew of nearly 100 young people paint day and night for four weeks to complete murals on both sides of this highway-and-pedestrian bridge linking West Philly to Center City.
Mural Arts and artist J. Meejin Yoon create Light Drift, a temporary interactive lighting installation along the Schuylkill River banks. Thousands of visitors travel to the waterfront.
Creator — City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Role — Steve Weinik