U District Mural Project

The University District is known for its vibrant character, that’s why we are excited to install three new permanent murals in our neighborhood this spring!

In 2020, The U District Partnership was awarded a Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to launch our permanent Mural Program, an initiative to install three new works of public art on highly visible walls in the neighborhood. The murals will not only beautify the U District and build a sense of community among everyone who lives, works, and plays here, but they will also be the first step in a long-term public art program that adds vibrancy to our public realm for years to come.

The Community Engagement Survey has now closed – thank you to everyone for your feedback to inspire artists!


Artist applications closed on Wednesday, March 17.

Download the Call for Artists here.

Review Frequently Asked Questions here.

The U District Partnership seeks three artists or artist groups/teams to design and install individual murals on three properties in the U District. The properties and compensation for each mural (based on mural size) can be found below. You will be asked to rank which property you would like to be considered for.

One artist or group/team will be selected per mural. The compensation listed above for each mural is total. Groups or teams will receive the same total compensation and may split the payment as they choose. The murals will be installed over one or two weekends in May 2021. The U District Partnership program manager, with guidance from a leadership committee comprised of representatives from the U District arts community, will manage the artist(s) submission and selection process.

A budget for materials will be funded through the program.


Location 1:
NE 43rd & University Way NE
Between Sweet Alchemy and Samir’s Mediterranean
Location 2:
NE 42nd & University Way NE
On the south-facing wall of the Café on the Ave building
Location 3:
NE 43rd & Roosevelt Way NE
On the south-facing wall of the Jack Straw Cultural Center
10′ height x 30′ length approx.
(includes window as built-in obstacle)
10′ height x 30′ length approx.
10′ height x 50′ length approx.
(includes ground slope)
$1,200 total
$1,200 total
$2,000 total


Questions about this project? Visit the FAQ page for more information, or contact Katy Ricchiuto, Built Environment & Community Relations Manager at katy@udistrictpartnership.org.