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Jane GOLDEN

Biography

Jane Golden is an artist who is known in the United States for her involvement with the Mural Arts Program, an organization working to combat urban graffiti while reducing delinquency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was drawn to the city after reading about the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, which had been established in the 1980s by then mayor, Willie Wilson Goode.

The Director of Los Angeles Public Art Foundation at the time, Jane Golden wrote to the Mayor of Philadelphia looking for a job. She was given a position with the Anti-Graffiti Network to establish an arts program designed to help turn young offenders’ destructive energies into creative ones. In 1996, the project became the Mural Arts Program. Under her direction, over 3,000 interior and exterior murals have been created.