Mural Programs

September 5, 2014—St. Louis, Missouri, Paint Louis

Over Labor Day weekend, the city of St. Louis hosted “Paint Louis,” an event where hundreds of street artists came to paint a flood wall in the downtown area.

Source: Durability and Design


July 31, 2014—Melbourne, Australia, Innovative Mural Program

Opinion piece submitted to Telegram giving a first-hand account of the street art a traveler observed in Melbourne as part of the city’s graffiti management plan that provides artists with space for creating street art.

Source: The Telegram


July 30, 2014—Vancouver, British Columbia, Students Paint Mural to Combat Graffiti

Students from a local elementary school painted a mural on a frequently-tagged building to detract graffiti vandals, and so far the building has not been vandalized since then. The Vancouver City Council is also considering an anti-graffiti ordinance this month.

Source: The Columbian


June 26, 2014—Federal Way, WA, Pilot Program Discussed to Paint Murals on Utility Boxes

The Federal Way City Council was presented with a proposal from Federal Way Arts Commission member Gary Gillespie to paint utility boxes in an effort to create graffiti-proof art installations and deter taggers. The Commission is still discussing ways to fund this pilot project.



May 2015—Toledo, OH, City of Murals

Art Corner Toledo is working with the city to coordinate with local artists and activists to paint murals in the city. This effort is to, like the Philadelphia mural program, revitalize deteriorating neighborhoods, create jobs, and boost the local economy: “Cities across the country and the world are taking part in the mural movement and are watching as it heals the people in communities as well as the buildings and neighborhoods where they live.  Toledo has begun to see these same results and can only succeed further with more public and private investment.” This program was inspired by the very successful Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, which was created in 1984 to combat graffiti vandalism.

Source: Toledo Free Press


May 29, 2014—Calgary, Alberta (Canada), Up the Wall Pilot Program

The Calgary Police Service and local Boys and Girls Club have partnered to begin its “Up the Wall” program, which focuses on giving youths who have already been charged or have pending charges for graffiti vandalism an opportunity to “explore the arts.” The goal of the project is to address the root causes of graffiti vandalism and encourage positive civic engagement using art.   

Source: CTV News Calgary


March 21, 2014—Santa Fe Springs, NM, Mural Pilot Program

The City Council of Santa Fe Springs contracted with artist Candace Galvan to paint a mural to help curb the rise in graffiti on traffic signal boxes. The mural is part of a pilot program “to enhance the appearance of the city by decorating the drab-colored boxes containing traffic signal equipment and to combat graffiti as the murals will have an anti-graffiti sealant….”

Source: Los Angeles Wave


September 24, 2013—Kansas City, MO, Mural Pilot Program

The City of Kansas City, MO began an inaugural mural program in an effort to decrease graffiti vandalism while also creating art for the city to enjoy. This program is part of the City’s Gateway Crimes Task Force that started a graffiti abatement effort in 2012. 

Source: KCTV via Tucson News Now


Graffiti Task Forces

April 30, 2014—Detroit, MI, Forming Graffiti Task Force

The Detroit Police Department and the City of Detroit has decided to collaborate and form a graffiti task force to target taggers from spreading graffiti throughout the city.

Source: ABC 7, WXYZ Detroit


April 4, 2014—Pittsburgh, PA, Revives Graffiti Task Force

After being disbanded for a year, the City of Pittsburgh decided to revive its graffiti task force consisting of two officers in order to investigate cases of graffiti vandalism. The task force will work with Graffiti Busters crews from the public works department.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Abatement—Private Property Owners

December 1, 2014-- Kalamazoo, MI, New Enforcement Authority

The City Commissioners of Kalamazoo, Michigan introduced amendments to its nuisance ordinance that would classify graffiti as a nuisance and authorize enforcement and graffiti removal when warranted. Making graffiti a nuisance will give inspectors the authority they need to enforce the 10- day removal period on property owners that refuse to remove graffiti from their property.

Source: MLive Media Group


June 25, 2014—Santa Clara County, CA, New Graffiti Ordinance

The County of Santa Clara passed an ordinance establishing a “Graffiti Clean Up Program” that includes community education regarding graffiti prevention, the administration of graffiti removal on public and private property, and enforcement of those requirements. The ordinance calls for homeowners and businesses to remove graffiti on their private property within 48 hours.

Source: NBC Bay Area


June 10, 2014—Southington, CT, New Ordinance

The City of Southington, CT passed an ordinance that places the responsibility for graffiti clean-up on private property on the private property owners within 48 hours. 

Source: Eyewitness News 3  


June 6, 2014—Asheville, NC, 1-2-3 Graffiti Free Program

Asheville, NC passed an ordinance and began a summer initiative called 1-2-3 Graffiti Free so that private property owners can request that the City remove or paint over graffiti on their property if removal costs are less than $500. The initiative also increased civil penalties for perpetrators of graffiti vandalism.

Source: Mountain Xpress


June 1, 2014—Burlington, NC, New Ordinance

On June 1, a new anti-graffiti ordinance in Burlington went into effect requiring property owners to remove graffiti, but property owners will receive a 90 day “educational period” before undergoing an abatement process. After the 90 day period, private property owners will have 10 days to remove graffiti on their property otherwise the City will seek compensation for clean up.

Source:  The Times


June 2014—Babylon, NY, Faster Abatement Requirements

Babylon, NY passed an ordinance decreasing the amount of time for private property owners to clean up graffiti from 10 days to 5 days. Failure to abate will result in fines for the property owner. 

Source: The Beacon


April 29, 2014—Atwater, CA, Faster Abatement Requirements

The City of Atwater, CA adopted an ordinance that requires property owners in “high target” areas to clean up graffiti on their private property within 3 days and non-high target areas in 5 days. If the property owner does not remove the graffiti, the city has the authority to clean the graffiti and send the bill to the property owner.

Source: Merced Sun-Star


April 4, 2014—Morehead City, NC, Ordinance Amendment

The Morehead City Council approved an ordinance amendment that would amend the law to treat graffiti vandalism as a public nuisance and require property owners to clean up graffiti on their property within 10 days. 

Source: Carteret County News Times


April 2, 2014—Holland, MI, New Ordinance

The City Council of Holland passed ordinance giving property owners 5 days to clean up graffiti vandalism on their properties. The City would provide property owners with resources and contact information with a community group if the property owner would like assistance with the graffiti removal.

Source: City of Holland City Council


April 1, 2014—Indianapolis, IN, New Ordinance in Effect

On April 1, 2014, a new ordinance came into effect in Indianapolis that requires property owners to pay for graffiti abatement on their own property within 30 days, otherwise they face a fine. The local community group Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has pledged to supply paint, brushes, rollers and volunteers to help property owners with clean up. These “graffiti abatement kits” are provided for free through KIB with the help of Lowe’s and Valspar. 

Source: The Indy Channel RTV 6



August 29, 2014—Tucson, Arizona, Poster Contest

The City of Tucson held an anti-graffiti poster contest for students ages 9 through 18, and the contest winner will have his or her artwork used on Pima County anti-graffiti posters. These posters will be given to schools, libraries and community centers to spread awareness about the negative impacts of graffiti and how to report graffiti.



May 28, 2014—Phoenix, AZ, Graffiti Prevention Workshops

The Phoenix Police Department and Phoenix Neighborhood Services are hosting "Graffiti 101" workshops to educate members of the community about graffiti laws, how the community can help prevent graffiti vandalism from spreading, and “hands-on activities.”



Abatement- City Efforts

June 7, 2014—Orcutt, CA, Community Volunteer Clean-Up Program

Members of the 2014 Class of Leadership Santa Maria Valley have teamed up with the City of Orcutt to volunteer to paint over graffiti in their community.

Source: NBC KSBY 6


May 27, 2014—South Bend, IN, Abatement Program

The City of South Bend, Indiana started a graffiti abatement program in 2011 where the city pays to paint over the graffiti, whether it is on private or public property, within 24 to 48 hours. Since the program began, instances of tagging and re-tagging have gone down.

Source: WSBT 22


May 19, 2014—New York City, NY, Police Trained to Spray Paint over Graffiti

In NYC, police officers are being trained to photograph vandalism and spray paint over graffiti with red, black or white spray paint.

Source: New York Post


March 2, 2014—City of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), Vinyl Wrap Reduces Removal Costs

The City of Ottawa implemented a unique pilot project for graffiti prevention by wrapping traffic boxes with washable vinyl-wrap. This strategy resulted in decreased costs for the city to remove graffiti by $2,900 last year, and the number of graffiti tags decreased from 144 in 2012 to 28 in 2013.

Source: 580 CFRA News Talk Radio



August 11, 2014—Spokane, Washington, using smartphones to report graffiti

The City of Spokane introduced a new program for reporting graffiti so that members of the public can use their smartphones to upload photos and identify locations of graffiti throughout the city. The new system is intended to allow people to help law enforcement in fighting graffiti vandalism.



August 11, 2014—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, mobile app to battle graffiti

Philadelphia’s Anti-Graffiti Network has piloted a mobile app to report and keep track of their work. The team cleans up graffiti on over 120,000 properties per year.

Source: Technically Philly


August 3, 2014—Queensland, Australia, Community Service

Through a new offender clean-up program and increased sentences for graffiti offenders, the city has experienced a decrease in graffiti-related crime by more than 25%.

Source: The Whitsunday Times


July 24, 2014-Aldermen Back Tougher Fines For Graffiti

The Committee on Public Safety in the Chicago City Council endorsed stronger penalties for people who commit graffiti vandalism, increasing fines from $750 to up to $2,500 for graffiti offenses. The full City Council is set to vote on this proposal on Wednesday, July 30.

Source: CBS Chicago


July 1, 2014—North Carolina, Bill to Increase Graffiti Penalties

The North Carolina State House has moved a bill to the Senate that would increase penalties for first offenses and make some vandalism crimes a felony. The bill was originally introduced in April 2014 in the Senate as part of an Omnibus bill with several Justice Amendments.

Source: News Radio 570 WWNC


June 14, 2014—Chicago, IL, Increasing Enforcement

The City of Chicago has amped up enforcement efforts, with increased surveillance and video enforcement and arrests occurring at three times the rate of last year. CTA and Chicago Police are sending the message that graffiti vandalism is a serious crime. 

Source: CBS Chicago


May 6, 2014—San Francisco, CA, Increasing Penalties

San Francisco passed a graffiti ordinance that focuses on harsher penalties for perpetrators, allowing the City Attorney to file civil lawsuits against repeat graffiti taggers, fines, and helping those impacted by vandalism. 

Source: The SF Examiner


Comprehensive Measures to Combat Graffiti Vandalism

October 15, 2014—Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), Anti-Graffiti Conference (TAGS)

An anti-graffiti conference was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia the week of October 13th, bringing together more than 100 city officials, businesses, law enforcement, and other community members concerned with graffiti vandalism. At the conference, participants discussed the problems they face in battling graffiti vandalism including expensive clean-up projects. They also discussed solutions, including art or mural programs.

Source: CBC News Nova Scotia


April 2014—Reno, NV, Graffiti Task Force Report

In April 2014, the Reno Anti-Graffiti Task Force submitted a report to the Reno City Council and City Manager detailing its recommendations to mitigate graffiti in the city. This report was approved by the Council on April 16. While Reno already has strong graffiti laws in place, the report focuses on a new, three-prong approach to address graffiti vandalism: education, eradication, and enforcement.

Source: Reno City Council


December 2013—Yuma, AZ, TAGS Program

The City of Yuma, Arizona launched its TAGS program (The Anti-Graffiti Strategy) in 2010 and is seeing the number of graffiti cases drop significantly, and the number of abatement cases have been cut by more than half. This comprehensive program includes “more abatement resources, fast-as-possible removal of graffiti, aggressive enforcement, successful prosecution of offenders, increased community awareness and improved tracking of the problem.”



December 12, 2013—New Bedford, MA, Graffiti Free NB  

The City of New Bedford, Massachusetts announced its comprehensive approach to address graffiti vandalism, “Graffiti Free NB.” The plan includes options for concerned citizens to report graffiti (phone app, hotline and website), a reward program, and the purchase of an EcoQuip machine to remove graffiti.