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Smart Art: Graffiti Prevention Mural Grant
Each year, Keep Charlotte Beautiful provides funding for a community mural project as a means for graffiti abatement through the Smart Art Graffiti Prevention Mural Grant. Research suggests that painting murals will discourage graffiti, since tagging is more difficult. In addition, murals in graffiti targeted areas can unify communities though broad based participation in design, creation and shared ownership.

Congratulations to our 2012 Smart Art Graffiti Prevention Mural Grant Recipients!

This year, the KCB Committee has awarded Smart Art grants to two communities - Windsor Park and First Ward. Both communities will collaborate with local artists, Marcus Kiser and Antoine Williams, to create a mural within their community that captures the vision and develops a signature symbol for the neighborhood.

The Smart Art program has been made possible through a generous $10,000 grant provided by the Lowes Charitable and Education Foundation.

Applications Criteria

2013 Graffiti Prevention Mural Grant application coming soon!

Completed applications can be mailed or emailed to:

Neighborhood & Business Services
Keep Charlotte Beautiful
600 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Fax (704) 336-3959

How to get started:
  • Organize those in your community interested in developing a mural.
  • Review the guidelines and application for the Smart Art grant.
  • Find a location for your mural and contact the legal property owner.
  • Get written permission to put the mural on the building/structure (see form attached).
  • Take pictures.
  • Organize a group of volunteers who support the project (at least 15 volunteers).
  • Complete the application form and submit by the September 24th deadline.

Who May Apply?
Applicants must be neighborhood or business associations within the City of Charlotte’s boundaries. Applicants must be putting the mural on a building, structure or property within Charlotte city limits

Who Can’t Apply?
Individuals or single businesses

Local artists are selected by the Arts & Science Council in collaboration with the City of Charlotte. The artists are local residents within the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.

Questions? Contact kcb@charlottenc.gov.  

To report graffiti in your community, click here.

Committee Chair: TBD