What we do
Since its founding in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has created nearly 4,000 artworks to transform public spaces. Artists from within Philadelphia and around the world create murals alongside members of the community. With each new artwork, Mural Arts aims to:
- Empower individuals, neighborhoods, and community groups.
- Start conversations that bring people together.
Program focus areas
- Youth education
- Restorative justice
- Mental and behavioral health and wellness
- Public art and its preservation
Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic collection, which has earned Philadelphia recognition as the City of Murals.
Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations. In partnership with a range of city agencies, she has developed groundbreaking and rigorous programs that work through art to make strides in youth education, restorative justice, and behavioral health.
Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.