Sarah Kolker

Sarah Kolker

Project Manager & Artist

Mural Arts Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA USA

Sometimes your nervousness, that little feeling in your stomach, it has to be worked through because that’s a big opportunity that you may miss if you don’t take that step.


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Sarah Kolker


My road in life has been direct.
I was immersed in the art scene from a young age thanks to my mom putting me in various after school programs.
Starting at age six, I met a lot of artists who served as role models through the Philadelphia Prints in Progress program.
I originally went to college to become an art therapist but decided to change course after realizing the angle psychology was coming from felt too white-oriented and limiting.
I changed my concentration and earned my undergraduate degree in culture and visual arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
I built my career as an art teacher while leaning into the therapeutic style that I was initially interested in, pursuing yoga and reiki certifications along the way.
I went back to school and earned a master’s degree in art education with an emphasis in special populations.
I currently work as an artist and program manager with Mural Arts Philadelphia as well as spending time as a teaching artist with Global Writes.
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High School
Culture and Visual Arts
Sarah Lawrence College
Art Education
Moore College of Art and Design


Project Manager & Artist

I teach art to middle and high school age students through a public art program in Philadelphia.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

My work varies day to day. I could be teaching, prepping projects, designing and communicating with community, or managing projects on the phone and computer.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't go to art school because I don't want you to become a struggling artist."

Challenges I Overcame

Racial Discrimination