The the founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program was awarded the 2016 Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence for her work with the community-based art program. This program has been highly successful at deterring graffiti since its inception in 1986. The murals have transformed the city. Golden has also developed innovative art programs in youth art, education, restorative justice and behavioral health.
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The South Park Business Improvement District pulled together $10,000 and worked with the Do Art Foundation and Metro Charter Elementary School to spread artwork across an often tagged construction fence that is hundreds of feet long. The collection of black-and-tan patterns and red, white and blue faces with a string of cans for a smile were installed in January. The SPBID reported just two instances of tagging in the two months after the works went up, a decrease of 96%.
An NYPD police officer who has seen a rise in graffiti in the 24th precinct plans to curb graffiti in the neighborhood with the addition of murals. She also educates local merchants about the Graffiti Free NYC program, a free cleanup service offered to business owners. She also works with a team of high schoolers to paint over graffiti and restore a mural.