Apply For a Mural

Apply for a Mural 

Our community-driven mural making process builds on Mural Arts’ guiding principles of collaboration and equity, and is open to every individual in Philadelphia. We are looking for ideas that tell the story of our city and connect people through creativity. Read on to find out how you or your community group can request a mural—artists with ideas are welcome!—and please review our mission statement before starting your application.

How to Apply 

  • Fill out the online form below! If you need assistance or a paper application, please contact Cathy Harris, Director of Community Murals, at 215-685-0750 or
  • You can fill out the application at any time, and there is no waiting list. You will hear from us whether your application is approved or not approved.
  • Mural Arts staff reviews mural applications twice per year: submit your application by March 15 to hear back by May 15, or submit by November 15 to hear back by January 15.


If you can answer YES to most of the questions below, you are in a good position to proceed with the application!

  • Have I talked to my neighbors and/or community groups about a mural?
  • Have I identified a wall that faces traffic and does not peel, crack or have leaks?
  • Have I tried to speak with the wall owner and/or obtain permission for a mural on that wall?
  • Do I have a fabulous idea for the mural that will be meaningful for the whole community?
  • Am I able to work with Mural Arts Staff to have at least three to five (3-5) meetings about the mural?
  • Have I made a firm commitment to maintain the area around the mural with my neighbors?
  • Did I include a photograph of the wall with my application?


Online Application 

Section 1: Community & Organizational Support

Mural Arts is interested in working with non-traditional or new organizations, as well as more established groups. These include but are not limited to organizations that have no staff but a strong community volunteer base, a membership that is not english speaking, organizations lacking access to a computer or professional staff, schools, recreation centers, communities of faith, businesses, block clubs, and scout troops.

Section 2: Wall Availability

A wall must already be selected for your project to be considered. Should your application be selected, Mural Arts will work with you to ensure the quality and suitability of your pre-selected wall. Please do the best you can to identify the wall owner. Inability to get owner permission or to assess if the wall is structurally suitable will not be used against your application if your project is otherwise sound.

Size Limit 450k. Accepted files include, jpg, png or gif.

Section 3: Significance of Project

Section 4: Innovation

Questions? Call 215-685-0750 or email