Paint it Up! Mural Program Reduces Graffiti Through Art

Paint it Up! Mural Program Reduces Graffiti Through Art

If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the Public Works and Environmental Services Department and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

Now in its twelfth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved more than 2,700 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 25 years, working on 85 projects across the city supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

Applications for the 2021 Paint It Up! program are available on the Crime Prevention Ottawa website or by calling 3-1-1. The deadline for applications is Friday April 23 at 4 pm. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth at risk in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

The City of Ottawa, Crime Prevention Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are working together to emphasize health and safety for all those who lead and participate in Paint It Up!, and to communicate any new information that may impact planned projects.

For more information about the Paint it Up! program and how to apply, applicants can email or attend a virtual public information session on Tuesday, March 23 from 12 to 1 pm.

Registration is required in advance for this virtual meeting.

Register now!

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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