Tacoma Murals Project joins artists and communities through
the collaborative process of mural-making to create powerful artworks
that can transform public spaces, neighborhood identities, and
The project is structured to teach talented adult artists how to work with
communities to design and implement high quality murals that are
technically and aesthetically successful. Training involves a series
of classroom sessions and ‘hands-on’
experience creating murals with community input.
After completion of training workshops, teams of qualified artists, lead by teaching
artists, are paired with community groups selected to participate. Each
artist team designs and implements a mural that reflects the stories and
content researched from the community. Murals are designed to fight blight and combat vandalism in select neighborhoods in
The community groups are provided with funding to
complete a mural, an artist team to implement ideas, technical
assistance, and general promotion of the project. In return, the
selected community groups assist the artist team through community
coordination, input of stories and content, and maintenance of the mural after its
This program is an initiative of the Graffiti Reduction
Through Community Based Art team, part of the City of Tacoma’s Safe, Clean
& Attractive effort.
Fifteen murals have been completed between 2010 and October 2012. Visit
the Completed Murals page for photos and more information.
Or, take your own self-guided tour of the murals using this Community
Mural Artist Roster
Deadline: May 28, 2013
City of Tacoma is seeking community groups who would like a mural
painted in their neighborhood to fight blight and combat vandalism.
Through the Tacoma Murals Project, community groups will work with
artists or artist teams who will design and
implement high quality murals. Artists/artist teams will develop
mural designs based on their aesthetics as artists and based on the
input from the community regarding theme or messages.
here for full details and application (Word document)
here for full details and application (PDF)
Questions? Contact Amy McBride, 253.591.5192
Safe, Clean & Attractive
Tacoma's Safe, Clean & Attractive effort was born in April 2008,
when then City Manager Eric Anderson asked city employees to work with
community members in tackling two major challenges: making Tacoma safer
by reducing crime within the city by 50 percent, and making Tacoma
cleaner by removing nuisances, debris and junk vehicles. The Graffiti
Reduction Through Community Based Art team was created in 2009 as an
extension of this effort.
The team aims to connect community with professional
artists and technical assistance to create beautiful, diverse, and
enduring community-based art projects in areas that are identified as
prime graffiti sites.
Based Services Program
Neighborhood Business District Program
is a successful community-based mural program that empowers young people
through professional opportunities in the arts. For over a decade,
thousands of Artworks-trained youth have completed over 100 murals
throughout the Seattle area—many for businesses and public facilities—while fostering a new
sense of self-esteem and value for their city.
The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a city-wide initiative to
eradicate graffiti and address neighborhood blight. Today, this
nationally recognized public/private initiative engages youth, artists
and more than 100 communities each year in the creation of murals that
revitalize public spaces and reflect the culture of
a joint effort between the San Francisco Arts Commission and the
Department of Public Works, connects established urban artists with
private property owners to combat graffiti through the creation of
vibrant murals that reflect neighborhood aesthetics.