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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
February 14, 2003

Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to Speak at Carnegie Mellon on Feb. 19

PITTSBURGH—Jane Golden, director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP), will speak at Carnegie Mellon University at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2003, in the Philip Chosky Theater in the Purnell Center for the Arts.

Golden is visiting Pittsburgh to endorse the grassroots public art efforts emerging in Pittsburgh through the Sprout Fund called the Community Mural Arts Program. She will be speaking about the impact of her work in Philadelphia, the potential for public art to initiate change at a community level, and the opportunities to reinvigorate the cultural life of Pittsburgh through public art.

A native of Margate, N.J., Golden became a mural painter in Los Angeles in 1977, after graduating with degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University. In 1981 Golden set her sights on using mural art to help youth. She co-founded the Public Art Foundation in Los Angeles, an organization designed to offer mural painting as a way for young people on probation to earn community service credits.

Golden continues her work because she believes that art has the power to transform people's lives. "Art is a lifeline for people. Murals have a profound impact on communities. Art is hope," said Golden.

When she heard about the city of Philadelphia's Anti Graffiti Network in 1984, Golden sent her resume to then Mayor Wilson Goode and was hired part time. After overseeing a summer program and working on several large projects she was hired to be the full-time artistic director of the mural component under the Network.

Today, as the director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Golden leads the struggle to keep the Mural Arts Program well respected and fully funded. The many honors she has received for the work carried out through MAP include the following: The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Fifth Annual Harris Wofford Active Citizenship Award (2003), The Temple University "Diamond in the Rough" Award (2001), Coming Up Taller Award (2001), Commission on Human Relations Award for Arts & Culture (2000), Eisenhower Fellow (1999), Spectrum Award, Philadelphia Red Cross (1999), Philadelphia Award (1998), Honorary Ph.D., Swarthmore College (1998), Local Honoree, Women's Way (1996).

The lecture is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's School of Art, Master of Arts Management program, Student Activities Board, and the Center for Arts in Society.

The School of Art, Carnegie Mellon's Master of Arts Management program, and the Center for Arts in Society are programs of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the lecture or the affiliated sponsors, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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