Urban Art: Inspirational Mural with Children, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
One of the many beautiful murals in Philadelphia - Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has produced more than 3,000 works of art during the past 25-plus years.
This mural is located at Callowhill Street and North 18th Street in the Center City region of Philadelphia. The mural is painted on the wall of the Children's Crisis Treatment Center.
Summary from MuralArts.org:
The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, an effort spearheaded by then Mayor Wilson Goode to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers and to redirect their energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting.
Jane Golden quickly befriended the graffiti writers and was impressed by their raw artistic talent and their self-taught knowledge of art history. She recognized the amazing creative force they represented, and she began to provide opportunities for them to channel their creative talent into mural-making. Mural painting also provided a support structure for these young men and women to refine their artistic skills, empowering them to take an active role in beautifying their own neighborhoods.
Update, September 25, 2014: Interesting article on the sudden rise of illegal graffiti in Philadelphia, at Philly dot com.
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