Public mural art provides the opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and shared aspirations. Neighborhood associations and art interest groups are foundational to bringing art into our community spaces. 

If you are just starting out in your efforts to bring art into your community, I invite you to read my Getting Started Handbook for Art Advocates. In an effort to help more public art get made, I also started a podcast, If these Walls Could Talk, where I interview public art professionals, citizen art activists, and artists in order to learn about best practices for community art projects.

Consider the Benefits of Public Mural Art

Artful murals deter graffiti, saving the city or building owner money on graffiti remediation.

Communities with mural art are more desirable to live and work in because they feel more humane and vibrant. Not everyone is a fan of the resulting in higher real estate prices but depriving a community of beautification is not the best way to solve the challenge of affordable housing.

Mural art makes a space more inviting, so visitors slow down, spend more time walking around, and are more likely to patronize local shops. The local economy receives an economic bump from the myriad ways the art generates attention.

Mural art provides substantial beautification at a fraction of the cost of other capital improvement projects, like landscaping, hardscaping, or other cosmetic renovations.

The buildings and businesses with murals become visual icons in the community.

Murals require little maintenance and last up to 30 years


Morgan is an active listener who asked the right questions and helped guide us through a complicated process of a publicly paid mural on a privately-owned building. Our collaboration with Morgan helped to win over "mural art skeptics" in the community and paved the way for more mural projects along Commercial Way. The transformation was electrifying, different, beautiful, fun. We love our mural!

Chris BethDirector, Parks and Recreation City of Redwood City

“The mural you created for our building has been a major attraction for both locals and visitors in Downtown Napa. The transformation of an eyesore to a work of art has been nothing short of amazing. Your attention to detail and sensitivity, and bringing the Wappo tribe into the process, unified Napa's residents with the beautiful story of our history.

Every day, as I watch children and adults transported to an earlier time in the Napa Valley, I appreciate your ability to be the vehicle for their journey.”

Michael L. HolcombBuilding Owner

Mural Pricing

The overall scope of the project and level of complexity of the design will influence the total cost of the project. There is a minimum project fee of $5000.

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