Power of Public Murals: It Ain’t About the Paint

April 28, 2015 LIVE Webcast 6-7:30pm EDT

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ARCIn communities across the country, public murals are emerging as a force for change. By empowering artists to work alongside neighborhood residents, innovative public mural programs stimulate conversation about critical issues, build tolerance and empathy, and strengthen community ties. The secret ingredient? It ain't about the paint. The power of public murals emerges as artists give voice to residents' aspirations for their communities. Through their collaborative effort, mural arts programs provide the inspiration and tools for residents to seize their own future.

On April 28th the Atlanta Regional Commission's launched their Regional Public Arts Initiative. Across metro Atlanta, the Regional Public Arts program will stimulate dialog across diverse communities and invite artists to help interpret and shape communities through public art. Building on ARC's 2014 LINK trip to Philadelphia, a collaborative group of Metro Atlanta leaders committed to creating a competitive grant program to help fund installation of public art throughout the region. The various works of art will celebrate each community's unique identity while symbolizing the commonalities of our region. The event, "Power of Public Murals: It Ain't About the Paint," will feature Jane Golden from the highly successful City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

JaneTo find out how your community can join the movement, watch the webcast, "Power of Public Murals: It Ain't About the Paint,” featuring Jane Golden from the highly successful City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Jane Golden

Jane Golden, Executive Director, has been a driving force for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,600 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community based organizations, city agencies, non-profits, schools, the private sector and philanthropies.

Golden, a young artist initially hired by former Mayor Wilson Goode to help combat the graffiti crisis plaguing the city, reached out to graffiti writers to help turn their destructive energies into creative ones. In the process, she recognized the raw artistic talent among the graffiti writers as she began to provide opportunities for them to channel their creative forces into mural-making. The murals themselves transformed city neighborhoods suffering from years of neglect and hardship. In 1996, the Mural Arts Program was reorganized under the City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation and Golden was put in place as its director, at which time she established the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, a nonprofit organized to raise funds and provide support to the program.

In the 15 years since, Golden has connected the process of muralism to a multitude of community and public outcomes.  In partnership with a range of city agencies, she has developed innovative and rigorous art education, restorative justice, and behavioral health programs serving young people, youth and adult offenders at area prisons and detention centers, and individuals suffering from trauma, mental illness and addiction.  These programs have made it possible for thousands to experience and witness the power of art to connect young people to their communities and to opportunities for their futures, to break the cycle of crime and violence, and to bring about healing in individuals and communities affected by behavioral health disorders.

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Kerry Armstrong
Chairman, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

As a Senior Vice President with Pope & Land Enterprise, Kerry is involved in the development, marketing, leasing, and management of commercial real estate. His current primary focus is 3630 Peachtree, a new 435,000-square foot, mixed-use tower in Buckhead. He joined the Company in 2012. Previously he was a Senior Vice President with Duke Realty Corporation.

Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Kerry is a member of several key organizations in the commercial real estate industry, including the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, CoreNet, and the Urban Land Institute.

Kerry also is actively involved in numerous civic, educational, and charitable organizations. He has been on the Atlanta Regional Commission since 2008, serving on its Environment and Land Use and Executive Committees. He is Co-Chair of the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board. He is the Chairman of the North Fulton Community Improvement District, serves as Director and Past Chair of the Council for Quality Growth. He is a Director and Past Chair of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is a Director for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Kerry also serves on the board of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation.