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Tacoma Murals Project

Tacoma Murals Project Overview

Hilltop mural progression. Photos by Jeremy Gregory.

The 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 individual lives.

Talented adult artists work with communities to design and implement high quality temporary outdoor painted murals that reflect the stories and content researched from the community. The murals are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue, all while fighting blight and vandalism. 

The community groups are provided with funding to complete a mural, an artist/artist team to implement ideas, technical assistance, and general promotion of the project. In return, the selected community groups assist the artist/artist team through community coordination, input of stories and content, preparation of the wall, and maintenance of the mural after its completion.

Applications 

For Community Groups - The application deadline for the 2016 Tacoma Murals Project has passed.

 

For Mural Artists - The application deadline for the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster has passed.

 

Completed Murals & Traffic Box Wraps

Thirty-one murals have been completed between 2010 and fall 2016. In addition, artwork by 21 artists adorns traffic signal boxes throughout Tacoma. Visit the Completed Murals page for photos and more information about these projects.

 

Mural Tour
Take your own self-guided tour of the murals using the public art tour map. When viewing the online map, select 'Mural' from the drop down menu under 'Category' to explore murals around Tacoma. The map includes all Tacoma Murals Project murals as well as many others.

 

Mural Artist Roster

Mindy Barker
Kate Cendejas
Jeremy Gregory
Bob Henry
David Long
Christopher Jordan
Kelda Martensen
Marlin Peterson
Chelsea O'Sullivan
Chris Sharp
Kenji Stoll
Yvette Simone
Janice Lee Warren

Traffic Box Wrap design by Tim + AprilTraffic Box Wrap Project

The Traffic Box Wrap Project, an extension of the Tacoma Murals Project, was launched in 2015.  The Traffic Box Wrap Project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. 

In this program, Tacoma artists are selected through a competitive process to create an artwork design that is reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city. The first round of wrapped boxes was installed in 2016.

 

Partners

Neighborhood and Community Services
Tacoma Arts Commission
Neighborhood Business District Program
Public Works Department

Case Studies

Seattle

Artworks 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.

Philadelphia
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 Philadelphia's neighborhoods.

San Francisco
StreetSmARTS, 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.