Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

A New Mural Rising to Honor John Coltrane

Sep 12, 2017

A 12-year-old mural of John Coltrane near his North Philadelphia house was destroyed in 2014 to make way for real estate development. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on a new mural now rising just blocks away, restoring the jazz giant to his old neighborhood.

Peter Pagast/Restored 2015 by Thomas Walton. Photo by Steve Weinik / ©2001 Mural Arts Philadelphia

Grover Washington, Jr.’s hit albums included Mister Magic in 1974 and Winelight in 1981; the latter won him two Grammy Awards in '82. A larger-than-life mural on the corner of Broad and Diamond streets pays tribute to the famed saxophonist who, for over three decades, called Philadelphia his home. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

Photo by Steve Weinik / City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

A massive effort is underway to showcase Philadelphia’s vibrant and strong commitment to the arts during the Democratic National Convention. The city’s—and region's—artistic breadth and talent will be on display from noon until 6 pm each day of the convention from Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th.

Jim Cotter speaks with veteran choreographer Paul Taylor. His dance company performs at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from October 21 - 23, 2010.

Eric Brannon looks at the latest Philadelphia Mural Arts Program installation that appears not on a wall, but on water.

And Susan Lewis considers the artistry of Tiffany lamps, as the Reading Public Museum hosts an exhibition on the distinctive lighting fixtures that were both objects of utility and works of art.

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Ted Libbey: Author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music.

Philadelphia hosts the first Arts in Criminal Justice National Conference. Jane Golden, conference organizer and Philly's Mural Arts Program director, discusses role of the arts in criminal justice.

Degas and the Art of Japan, at the Reading Public Museum, explores the influence of Japanese art on French impressionist Edgar Degas.

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Jane Golden

Nov 4, 2006

This week, a conversation with Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden. A new book documenting the programs recent successes has just been published; Jason Peifer looks at the role of theater set designers; Susan Lewis examines how we define fine art photography; and in our regular exploration of the CultureFiles section at GoPhila.com we visit the Historic Fallsington.