February 7th, 2009. Event: Hepburn Medal award ceremony for Jane Golden, Time: 6 pm, Place: National Constitution Center
The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center of Bryn Mawr College will award the 2009 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, in celebration of the programs’ 25th anniversary. The award ceremony to be held at the National Constitution Center on February 7, 2009. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6, and the program will begin at 7:30, to be followed by coffee and dessert.
Since its founding in 1885, Bryn Mawr College’s mission has been to empower women to pursue knowledge, to be innovators and leaders, and to make a difference in the world. In 2004, the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center was established at Bryn Mawr to honor the adventurous and bold spirit of Katharine Hepburn, the actress, and her mother, an early feminist activist, both graduates of the College. The mission of the Hepburn Center is to inspire women to challenge conventions in pursuit of their dreams, to lead publicly engaged lives, and to have an impact on their communities. Reflecting the life work of its namesakes, the Center’s mission focuses on film and theater, women’s health, and civic engagement, The most prestigious role of the Hepburn Center is to award the Hepburn Medal, which honors exceptional women whose lives and contributions embody the intelligence, drive, and independence of the Houghton Hepburn women. On February 7, 2009, the Hepburn Medal will be awarded to Jane Golden, Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Hepburn Medal honors Jane Golden’s extraordinary contributions to civic life in Philadelphia. Her tireless efforts to use public art to build community, engage at-risk youth, beautify the city, and crusade for social justice set an inspirational example for young women everywhere.
The drive behind the Mural Arts Program since 1984, Jane 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. In addition, Ms. Golden has received honorary PhDs from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Widener University, and most recently Haverford College and Villanova University. Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert in urban transformation through art, Ms. Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Philadelphia Award, the Girl Scouts of America Take the Lead Award, the Moore College of Art Visionary Woman Award, an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, the Award for Social Justice from the Philadelphia Alliance, and recognition as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania from Governor Edward G. Rendell. Ms. Golden has just been honored with the LaSalle University Alumni Association’s Signum Fidei Medal and accepted, on behalf of the organization, the Adela Dwyer / St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award. In September of 2007 the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Eagles named Ms. Golden one of the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians.
Over the past two decades, the Mural Arts Program has created over 2,800 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” The Mural Arts Program engages over 100 communities each year in the transformation of neighborhoods through the mural-making process. The Mural Arts Program’s award-winning, free art education programs annually serve over 3,000 youth at sites located throughout the city and at-risk teens through its special education outreach programs. The Mural Arts Program also serves adult offenders in local prisons and rehabilitation centers, using the restorative power of art to break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities.