The City provides materials for the creation of graffiti art and art murals on properties with a history of repeated graffiti vandalism on walls exposed to city streets.
Property owners who have received a Notice of Violation for Graffiti from Municipal Licensing & Standards or can otherwise prove they are experiencing issues with graffiti vandalism (i.e. photos or a Google streetview image) are eligible to receive up to $2,000 of direct material purchases, which can include:
Materials required for the project will be purchased by City staff through consultation with the artist(s) selected to complete the work and will be based on factors including the conceptual sketch for the design and the size of the mural proposed. Designs and artwork are subject to final approval by the City.
You can search historical Municipal Licensing & Standards property investigations by address to determine whether Notices of Violation for Graffiti have been issued for a property.
Eligible City of Toronto property owners may receive up to $2,000 of direct material purchases for art murals or graffiti art on their property, which can include:
Materials required for the project will be purchased by City of Toronto staff through consultation with the artists(s) selected to complete the work and will be based on factors including the submission of a conceptual sketch and the size of the proposed wall where the mural will be installed.
There are many important details about the StART Support Mural Program outlined in the Terms and Conditions document (Appendix 1 in the StART Support Application Form). Below are some of the key highlights; however, please download and review all terms and conditions carefully before starting your project.
The mural must be maintained in a state of good repair for a period of at least 1 year from the final completion date of the project. It remains the responsibility of the property owner to remove graffiti vandalism on their property in accordance with City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 485, Graffiti, in the Bylaw.
1. Select and establish a relationship with an artist who is interested in working with you to install artwork on your building. You may wish to use the StreetARToronto Artist Directory to find an artist.
2. Download and complete the StART Support Mural Application Form
3. Submit your application, including a minimum of one digital photo of the wall, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may call 416-338-2951 for mailing instructions or more information if required.
4. Your application will be reviewed and program eligibility verified. Upon verification, City staff will contact you to confirm your eligibility and request the submission of the following documents to complete the application process and release materials:
5. Upon receipt of all required documents, the City will review the list of requested materials with the conceptual sketch and the proposed mural location and consult with you and/or your artist on the final list of approved materials. The City will then make arrangements with you for the release of the materials, which may require pick-up coordination, depending on the nature of the materials requested.