Mural Arts Institute

The Mural Arts Institute is dedicated to advancing research on and development of socially-engaged public art practices. 

Our work is in service to a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We bring the Mural Arts model to other change-oriented cities and leaders across the globe to help build their capacity and sustain community-driven public art projects and participatory practices. We work with artists, activists, planners, organizations, cultural institutions, municipal governments and more with the goal of igniting change through equitable and accessible participatory public art practices.

Are you looking to deepen community relationships and expand your creative practice? 

Whether it’s for a planning process, creative space, workshops, public project or a new program, we can help you. Contact and sign up to receive the Institute’s quarterly newsletter.

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We offer learning and training focused on 

  • Designing projects or programs to achieve social and economic impact
  • Using equitable participatory practices in public art projects and engagement
  • Structuring accessible place-and-people-based creative spaces and programs
  • Engaging with community-driven regenerative cultural practices
  • Practicing equitable reflection and documentation strategies
  • Developing and managing public/private partnerships
  • Artist recruitment, selection, and capacity building
  • Murals, mosaics, and other public art production techniques
  • Project management tools and guidelines

Check out our Resources or Recordings pages for the most recent case studies and tools to expand your knowledge and practices in this field.

Through our Art & Environment Capacity-Building Initiative, we have been supporting catalytic work in Memphis, Tennessee, Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Austin, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kern County, California. We are just beginning work with organizations in Chicago, Illinois, Louisville Kentucky, and Portland Oregon through the new PACE Initiative, and in Thessaloniki, Greece with ActionAid Hellas.

We have supported projects and programs in other locations across the United States, in Israel, Greece, Ireland and France.

It was much more than an artist workshop. This will help me move my abilities as a professional artist to the next level.

- Mural Arts Institute 2017 workshop participant


The Mural Arts Institute is supported by The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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