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Date & Time

5 Feb 2024 7pm-8:30pm


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fan, Free of charge


The “Healing Walls” (2004) project led by Mural Arts Philadelphia cherishes the artistic partnership among men in prison, victims of crime, and victim advocates, and helps break down barriers between them.

Originally conceived as a single, collaborative work, the plan fell apart when the two groups could not be united in their views. Instead, two murals—Inmate’s Journey and Victim’s Journey by Cesar Viveros and Parris Stancell—were created adjacent to each other. During the creative process, the project took on a life of its own and it started bridging very profound gaps between people.

The documentary film Concrete, Steel and Paint (2009) presents the complex story behind the creation of these murals. It captures how the project challenges both sides to recognise and respect each other’s essential humanity and worth—a small, but significant step toward a more healing and restorative form of justice.

This session of Tai Kwun Conversations addresses the healing and restorative power of art and highlights its capacity to facilitate dialogue on difficult issues—such as, punishment, remorse, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It begins with a film screening of Concrete, Steel and Paint (55 mins), followed by conversations with the speakers.

The conversations will be conducted in English, with English-Chinese simultaneous interpretation. 

Image: Healing Walls (Victim’s Journey) © 2004 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Parris Stancell & Cesar Viveros, 3065 Germantown Avenue. Photo by Jack Ramsdale.


Jane Golden | Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia

Tony Heriza | Director of the film Concrete, Steel and Paint

7pm – 8pm

Screening (In English with English Subtitles | Category I)

8pm – 8:30pm


The content of the conversations might be subject to change, please refer to latest updates at www.taikwun.hk

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Speakers Bio

Jane Golden
Tony Heriza

Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program and a global model for transforming public space and community through art. Under her direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies.

Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work. Currently, Golden serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a critic-in-residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art and as a board member of the Justice Arts Coalition.

Tony Heriza is a filmmaker, writer, and teacher with a life-long commitment to the personal and political power of documentary film. A member-owner of the New Day Films distribution co-operative, he has produced and distributed films on a wide range of social issues and has twice been chosen as a filmmaker envoy for the U. S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. His recent films include: Art of Survival (2023), about artmaking as a response to substance abuse; Care (2017), exploring the hidden world of homecare and care workers; Concrete, Steel and Paint (2009), following a restorative justice arts program at Graterford prison. His current project, Facing the Wind, is a feature-length documentary love story about dementia caregiving (to be released in 2024).