Jane Golden launched her Mural Arts Program 24 years ago as both a fight against graffiti and a way to bring creativity into young inner-city lives; 2,800 murals later, it’s still one of the coolest initiatives in town. To wit: Later this month, lead artist Lars Hokanson (whose work has appeared on covers of the New Yorker) and his crew of West Philly youths will unveil the most recent exhibit in Golden’s “outdoor museum” — a larger-than-life comic book. The 300-foot-long L-shaped mural at the Charles Durham branch of the Free Library in Mantua will read like a graphic novel, interweaving the stories of famous historical (Crispus Attucks, Althea Gibson) and contemporary (Batman, Shrek) characters with those of some local heroes (the kids).
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