Community Engagement Through Art

October 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

Philadephia’s Mural Arts Program has been working to bridge racial and socioeconomic divides through collaborative art projects since 1983.  Their community-centered artwork reaches out to populations plagued by gangs, drugs, and violence, and helps to uplift and encourage through public artwork.  These projects use collective responsibility and engagement in the process of creating the artworks to strengthen a community around their project, with the added bonus of beautifying the neighborhood and encouraging new development in lieu of urban blight.
Kudos to the city of Philadelphia for providing some financing for this program, and for recognizing, in the words of Jane Golden, director of Mural Arts, that “community public art can knit people together in a way that other things can’t. It has this ability to build a consensus and to challenge people who think collectively for the greater good.”

-Dana Horst

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