Rapid Murals

In response to boarded-up businesses in Tacoma during COVID-19, Spaceworks has partnered with local organizations and businesses to create a rapid mural program.

Top to bottom, left to right – Lilly Durham paints Urban Xchange; Mural painting supplies; Urban Xchange prepares for mural; Mural by Saiyare Refaei on Stocklist; Mindy Barker paints Union Salon; Mural by Curtis Ashby on Bleach Tacoma. All photos by Downtown Tacoma Partnership.

These temporary murals, painted directly onto installed plywood panels, serve to 1) reduce crime and graffiti, 2) support local businesses, 3) provide income for local artists, and 4) offer civic hope and positive messaging.

Artists are commissioned at $75 per 4’x8′ panel. For businesses downtown, the Downtown Tacoma Partnership is offering these murals for free. Additional funds are available for murals in other business districts. This program would not be possible without support from The Downtown Tacoma Partnership, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

Video and article by the Tacoma News Tribune: “Art in the time of COVID-19” by Allison Needles

To request a mural on your boarded up storefront, please complete our Rapid Mural Request Form:

For inquiries about the project, or for artists looking to get involved, please contact gabrielb@tacomachamber.org

All of Spaceworks’ Rapid Murals

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