The Mural Arts Program creates over hundred community murals each year throughout Philadelphia. This simple idea of making art brings together thousands of residents within the greater Philadelphia community. It also provides free art education programs to at-risk youth. It also provides restorative justice for youth serving in local prisons to use the power of art to break the cycle of crime.
The program was started in 1984 in trying to put an to graffiti throughout the city behind the one and only Jane Golden. She is a former artist and was hired by former Mayor Wilson Goode. Golden saw the talent of graffiti artists and wanted to turn their raw talent into a positive force with mural making. The awesome murals transformed city neighborhoods by giving them a fresh start and brighter them up.