The Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program. Courtesy photo

Take a Mural Tour Through Boulder’s Neighborhoods


Boulder is a colorful city — in character but also quite literally.

You can see the shades of Boulder as you walk through its neighborhoods, which are lined with oversized street murals.

In fact, Boulder’s neighborhood murals are part of a city initiative.

It’s called the Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program, launched by the city’s Office of Arts and Culture in 2018.

The goal: to use Boulder’s artistic abilities to design murals on local homes that the community can enjoy from public streets and paths. Murals are important, in that they convey the pulse of the community and can share the unique personalities of different neighborhoods and the city, according to the program.

No painting over street art around here; the city supports it — and even paid for it. Last summer, homeowners and artists (from a certain city-approved mural artist roster) pitched mural designs to the city. The city selected applicants to receive up to $2,500 (for the artist) to bring the creative vision to reality. The total project budget was set at $25,000, with funding coming from the Community Culture and Safety Tax.

The Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program. Courtesy photo

The pre-selected artists came from the Front Range, from Denver to Fort Collins, with a good number based in Boulder, including Sam Cikauskas, Alejandra Abad, Chris Huang, Brandy LeMae, Catherine Pistone and V. Ross. The artists have diverse backgrounds.

Work by artist Sam Cikauskas. Courtesy photo

For example, Cikauskas runs a small print shop in the foothills and graduated from the University of Colorado with a masters of fine arts degree in printmaking.

Artist Alejandra Abad. Courtesy photo

And Abad, born in Venezuela, enjoys “fantastical landscapes” and “whimsical character designs.” She’s a student at CU.

Artwork in each of Boulder’s nine sub-communities (the CU campus, Crossroads, Central Boulder, South Boulder, Southeast Boulder, East Boulder, North Boulder, Gunbarrel and the Palo Park area) was painted outside where it’s easy to see. The art covers homes, garages and fences, and the homeowners agreed to maintain it for at least five years.

Take the Tour

See the artwork for yourself on a self-guided tour:

Click here for the driving tour.

Take a self-guided bike through to see the Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program. Courtesy photo

Click here for the biking tour.

The full loop is 10 miles long and takes about an hour on bike, not counting the time you might want to stop, look and take photos.

More murals are coming, too. Officials say murals are slated for completion through 2020.

The biking map of the Creative Neighborhoods Mural Program.

3 Responses

  1. I am the owner at the Rayback Collective here in Boulder. This July, we will be celebrating our 3 Year Anniversary Party. As a part of the celebration, we will be having several renown muralists coming to give our outdoor space a facelift with some amazing art. We are located right off the bike path and draw plenty of visitors both from in town (off the bike path) as well as travelers coming to get a local experience. We would love to get you guys involved and build some great momentum for these artists. Please reach out at your convenience so we can start planning.

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