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File #: 180655    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/14/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/21/2018
Title: Also naming North 34th Street between Mantua and Fairmount Avenues "Tim Spencer Blvd" in recognition of his role in creating the Murals Arts Program in Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 18065500.pdf, 2. Signature18065500.pdf
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Also naming North 34th Street between Mantua and Fairmount Avenues "Tim Spencer Blvd" in recognition of his role in creating the Murals Arts Program in Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Tim Spencer, a community organizer, founded the Anti-Graffitti Network which was the precursor to the Mural Arts Program; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Anti-Graffitti Network was created in January 1984, by former Mayor Wilson-Goode, and led by Tim Spencer in order to combat the spread of graffiti in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Spencer envisioned a program that would take kids caught up in graffiti scene and channel their talents into other arts and crafts; and

WHEREAS, In 1986, Spencer hired Jane Golden, and thus began the Mural Arts Program; and

WHEREAS, By 1991, both the Philadelphia Anti-Graffitti Network and Mural Arts Program had managed to make a significant impact in many communities in Philadelphia and were awarded the Innovations in American Government Award; and

WHEREAS, In 1994, Lucien E. Blackwell gave a tribute to the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network for "10 years of changing attitudes and neighborhoods"; and

WHEREAS, Since the beginning of the program, over 2,500 murals have been created and over 40,000 walls have been cleaned of graffiti all over Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Mural Arts Program works with those prosecuted with graffiti vandalism and mentors them in arts and in the creation of murals throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, Both the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network and The Mural Arts Program have transformed the City of Philadelphia and become a source of public art, a youth mentorship resource and a shining beacon for Philadelphia that other municipalities seek to replicate; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, THAT THE PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL, Hereby also names North 34th Street between Mantua and Fairmount Avenues "Tim Spencer Blvd" in recognition of his role in creating the Murals Arts Program in Philadelphia.
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