Jane Golden is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania teaching the history and practice of the contemporary mural movement coupled step by step with analysis of the process of designing with painting a mural. Jane Golden oversees the growth of the Mural Arts Program from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, the program has created more than 3,800 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Sought after as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2016 Woman of Influence Award from Pearl S. Buck International, 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 & Design, the 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award from former Governor Edward G. Rendell, the Adela Dwyer / St. Thomas Peace Award from Villanova University, LaSalle University’s Alumni Association’s Signum Fidei Medal, and an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award. Golden has co-authored three books about the murals in Philadelphia. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art & Design. She holds an MFA from Rutgers, degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford, and honorary degrees from Drexel, St. Joseph’s, Swarthmore, University of the Arts, Widener, Haverford, and Villanova. In addition, Golden serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.


Philadelphia Mural Arts Program


Executive Director

Areas of Interest

Art, Archeology, Cultural Affairs, Community Development
  • jane golden

Program Year



United States Program

Country of Origin

United States

Destination Country

Ireland;Northern Ireland