Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program

Examples of murals on private property in Boulder


Murals are recognized tools to convey the pulse of a community. Activated in Boulder, murals create an opportunity to collectively promote the unique personalities of the city. These artworks are quick to deploy, and, with minimal upkeep, have potential for lasting impact. The Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program will support new artwork commissions on residential properties in each of Boulder’s nine sub-communities. This program is a partnership between homeowners and artists to create murals visible from public paths and streets. For 2018, nine new projects are anticipated – one project within each of Boulder’s sub-communities. Click to view a map of Boulder’s sub-communities.

Through an open call, homeowners with an available exterior site that could benefit from a mural can apply to the Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program. The applications are first come, first serve, per sub-community. Selected homeowners will work with the Office of Arts and Culture to select an artist from the City-approved Mural Artist Roster to commission a mural. The Office of Arts and Culture will provide up to $2,500 to the artist to develop an install the project on the homeowner’s property. This budget supports artist costs, including artist fee, administrative fees, design, materials, and travel. Homeowners and artists work together to determine a specific site and design that will be a feature in the community for at least five years. The City encourages creativity in proposed mural sites as long as the mural will be visible from a public right-of-way. Potential sites may include: exterior walls, garage doors, fences, sheds, pavement/driveway, etc.


This project is open to all artists and homeowners, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation or mental or physical handicap.

For Artists: Open to experienced artists living in the Front Range Corridor region of CO & WY.* Individual artists and artist teams are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art.

*Front Range Corridor region includes Albany and Laramie counties in WY and the following counties in CO: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Park, Pueblo, Teller, Weld.

For Homeowners: Open to all residential property owners with an available exterior site in the City of Boulder. The mural site must be visible from the public right-of-way. City of Boulder employees and their families are not eligible.


May 29, 2018; 11:59 pm MST – Mural Artist Roster applications due

June 28, 2018; 11:59 pm MST – Homeowner applications due

Mid-July, 2018 – Match artists and homeowners

July – August 2018 – Mural design and neighborhood approval

August – October 2018 – Mural painting


Total program budget is roughly $25,000 funded through the Community Culture and Safety Tax. Up to $2,500 will be available for each mural.