Public Art Murals Program

There are two routes to creating a community mural in Portland:

The Public Art Murals Program is funded by the City of Portland and administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). This program provides up to $15,000 in matching funds for murals that reflect a diversity in style and media. Artists from diverse backgrounds and range of experience are encouraged to apply, and there is no application fee. Students enrolled in an art program at a degree granting institution are eligible for up to $2,500 in matching funds.

For a project to qualify for RACC approval, property owners are required to provide a signed/notarized Art Easement that is recorded with Multnomah County. Murals approved through this program become part of the City’s public art collection for as long as the Art Easement remains in effect. 

Proposals must be submitted by 5:00PM on the first Wednesday of every month. RACC’s review/approval process takes 4-6 weeks, and all proposals are reviewed by the Public Art Murals Program Committee, whose members include artists, arts advocates and other creative professionals. 

Another route for painting a mural in the City of Portland is through the city’s Original Art Mural Permit, which has different requirements and a fee of $50. Visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/50737 for more information.

To view the collection of Public Art Murals approved since 2005, visit RACC’s Public Art Search page.

Online Mural Application
Mural Application Guidelines
Mural Art Easement Form  
Artist's Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act 
Murals, Copyright and VARA by Kohel Haver, Attorney and Arts Advocate 

Other Mural Resources

Rescue Public Murals/Mural Creation Best Practices
Chicago Public Art Group’s Community Public Art Guide: Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures and Spaces
Mural Routes, Scarborough, ON, Canada
Murallocator.org
Living Walls Atlanta 
Forest For the Trees Northwest 

Staff to Contact

Peggy Kendellen
Public Art Manager
503.823.4196