For more than a decade, Ballard Spahr has been a proud supporter of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, an organization that has graced our region with more than 3,000 murals and works of public art. On Thursday, May 6, the Mural Arts Program will honor the firm for its commitment to both the program and the community during Wall Ball 2010.

"What Ballard Spahr does for Mural Arts is a true gift—in time, energy, and legal hours—that enables us to do our work. They have a strong commitment to both the Philadelphia region and to organizations like ours, and a commitment to making a difference in communities," said Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Mural Arts Program. "Their belief in our work is key to our success—we could not do what we do without their generous support. We are proud to publicly recognize them and to honor them."

Ballard Spahr has supported Mural Arts Advocates since 1997, when the
501(c)(3) corporation was founded to raise funds and provide other support for the Mural Arts Program. Each year, the program engages more than 100 communities in the mural-making process and provides free art education to nearly 2,000 young people.

"To me, Jane Golden and Mural Arts are interchangeable. Since the early 1980s, they have been an integral part of the revitalization of the city. They have brought vitality, imagination, drive, and political acumen to their mission: making the city a far more attractive place to live, work, and visit," Ballard Spahr Chair Arthur Makadon said. "The city's murals are world-renowned. But for every mural, and the beautiful colors and themes that capture so much attention, there is an enormous amount of work that must be done. Whether Jane is raising money, reconciling competing visions, or dealing with outright cantankerous residents, she is tireless in pursuing the goal. Anyone less committed long ago would have been worn down. But Jane’s capacity and commitment are unique. It is why it is very difficult for us to say no to Jane."

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