Jane Golden and David Updike: Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30

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Philadelphia’s amazing Mural Arts Program is one of those things of which we’ve always been in awe, and not only because it’s an internationally-known entity that directly helps make our slice of urban landscape so unique. Begun in 1984 as part of the Anti-Graffiti Network, it actually sought out and befriended graffiti writers throughout Philadelphia—not to discipline them, but to hone their talents and direct them toward something objectively useful. Twelve years later, Mayor Ed Rendell reorganized it, changed the moniker to Mural Arts and named uber-passionate muralist Jane Golden, who’d originally begun the outreach to city graffiti artists, as its director. Since then, the program has created more than 3,800 murals in every neighborhood throughout our city, making it more beautiful, one brush stroke and laid tile at a time.

The agency’s original creation was 30 years ago. And to celebrate, Golden and David Updike, an editor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and board member of the Friends of Glenside Free Library, have put together and edited a book tracing and detailing its history. That book, titled Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30, features essays by a selection of the many people who’ve been involved in the program throughout its decades: artists, activists, policy makers, educators and curators, all of whom have had an impact on, or been impacted by, the Mural Arts Program. They’ll be sharing those experiences tonight. // RANDY LOBASSO

7:30pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/25/2014. .

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