Public Art Murals Program

The Public Art Murals Program is a City of Portland program administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council as part of its Public Art Program. New murals are reviewed by the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC), a standing RACC committee that is responsible for overseeing the City’s Public Art Program. Committee members include artists, arts advocates and professionals as well as a representative from the City’s Design Commission.

The program provides funding for murals that reflect a diversity in style and media and encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and range of experience to apply. Murals approved through this program become part of the City’s public art collection for as long as the Art Easement remains in effect (see application below).

An individual artist or group of artists is eligible for up to $10,000 in matching funds. Students enrolled in an art program at a degree granting institution are eligible for up to $2,500 in matching funds.

Note: As of September 10, 2013, there are no longer deadlines for submitting applications. Proposed projects will be reviewed as they are submitted. Please note that upon receipt of all materials, there will be a minimum of 4 weeks required for RACC review/approval. See guidelines and online application.

Mural Application Guidelines

Online Mural Application

Mural Art Easement Form  

Artist's Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act 

Murals, Copyright and VARA by Kohel Haver, Attorney and Arts Advocate 

An alternative to RACC’s process is to obtain an “Original Art Mural” permit from the City of Portland. Information on the history of the program, regulations and permitting process are available at:

City of Portland Original Art Mural Permit information 


On-Line 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

Staff to Contact

Peggy Kendellen
Public Art Manager