Murals are an integral part of the cultural expression of a city, created by artists of diverse cultural traditions and backgrounds. The intent of a mural ordinance is to aid artists and others in understanding issues surrounding the creation of a mural and to apprise parties involved in mural projects of the permit process. Many studies have shown a link between public art, community attachment and economic revitalization, and an ordinance would ensure that artistic expressions are respected and promoted, while adhering to all federal, state and local laws related to inclusion and non-discrimination.

How to establish a Mural Ordinance in your city:

Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.

Step 2: PREPARE. Get  ready for your presentation by downloading our Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!

Step 3: PRESENT. Download this Sample Ordinance from Perth Amboy and make an official presentation to your local governing body.

Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.