Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception, 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 transformative public art through community engagement. In partnership with innovative collaborators, she has developed groundbreaking and rigorous programs that employ the power of art to transform practice and policies related to youth education, restorative justice, environmental 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 Philadelphia Award, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award, and the Katharine Hepburn Medal. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.