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Tacoma Murals Project

Tacoma Murals Project Overview

Hilltop mural progression. Photos by Jeremy Gregory.

From 2010 - 2017, the Tacoma Murals Project joined artists and communities through the collaborative process of mural-making to create powerful artworks that transformed public spaces, neighborhood identities, and individual lives.

Talented adult artists worked with communities to design and implement high quality temporary outdoor painted murals that reflected the stories and content researched from the community. The murals were 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 were 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 assisted the artist/artist team through community coordination, input of stories and content, preparation of the wall, and maintenance of the mural after its completion.


Mural Tour
Thirty-five murals were completed between 2010 and fall 2017. 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.