Charlottesville Mural Project
A Program of The Bridge, the Charlottesville Mural Project showcases the talents of artists and designers while creating a more interesting visual landscape in the city.
The Charlottesville Mural Project was launched in 2011 as a program of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. With some planning and generous sponsorship from The Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the CMP was started with an attainable and focused mission. The CMP functions on many levels by commissioning murals, serving as a consultant, and working as a catalyst for public art in Charlottesville. The CMP works closely with paint companies, rental companies, the City of Charlottesville, and the Board of Architectural Review. Since its launch in 2011, the CMP has been instrumental in producing murals all over town and beyond! The CMP has broad curatorial interests–from modern street/graffiti art to wheat-pasted photographs to educational and “themed” murals. We partner with painters, illustrators, photographers, graffiti artists, non-profits, and schools. We support local artists by ensuring we pay them for their talent and labor. We also believe it’s important to inspire youth with creative, public art projects. By involving kids and young adults in projects that visibly change the landscape of our city, we help instill a sense of pride and involvement in the community. Additionally, murals are a great way to encourage teamwork and artistic expression.