Jane Golden, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, to present Bloustein School’s 2015 Catlin Memorial Lecture

February 10, 2015

Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, will present the Bloustein Schools’ 2015 Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture, “Rehabilitating a City Through Art: A Conversation with Jane Golden,” on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  The event will begin at 5:00 p.m and will be held at the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested.

Golden 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.

Through visuals and anecdotes, she will give an account of the formation of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network as a city-wide initiative to abate graffiti and its transformation over 30 years into the largest public art program of its kind in the world, paying particularly close attention to the deep work done in communities. She will also talk about and show work that has been in conjunction with various social service and city agencies, including the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services, and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Prison Systems.

Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Philadelphia Award, the Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, The Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art, The 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award from former Governor Edward G Rendell, and an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award. Golden has also co-authored two books about the murals in Philadelphia, is referenced in publications around the world, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Golden holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and degrees in Fine Arts and Political Science from Stanford University.

The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. Catlin began his career as a staff planner for governmental agencies and community organizations in several cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also served as dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. He was inducted as an AICP Fellow in 2001. At the Bloustein School, he specialized in urban revitalization and the impact of race in public policy decision-making.

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP certification maintenance credits (event #e.29612). For directions to the Bloustein School, please visit https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/school/visitors.php.

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