|The Mural Routes
A Resource Handbook
A reference guide for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of the
creation of public murals.
Prints and Posters
Three of the murals
on Mural Routes' Heritage Trail are available as limited edition
reproductions, signed and numbered by the artists.
To order, call Mural Routes at 416-698-7995.
For more detail about these murals, click on
The Bluffs as viewed by Elizabeth Simcoe c.1793
By Risto Turunen, October, 1992
12 x 38.5 inches
In The Way of Progress c.1922
By Phil, Jennifer and Richards, July 1996
22 x 28.5 inches
Community Sprit in Early Highland
c. winter 1867
By John Hood, September 1994
11 x 34 inches
is the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada
dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art.
Directors and Staff list
To inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as
a catalyst for community building.
- To work in partnership with artists and
communities to produce excellent public wall art;
- To teach, learn and share valuable
insights in mural art;
- To educate, engage and enhance
communities through public wall art;
- To elevate the quality and status of
- To secure a place for murals within the
larger context of the arts in Canada.
Our office is located at:
1859 Kingston Road
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Mural Routes is a a membership-based organization.
Membership is open to anyone who supports the mandate of the
organization. There are membership categories for individuals, groups
(not-for-profit) and corporate. The membership consists of artists, arts
managers, community and business organizations who share an interest in
mural art. To join Mural Routes, click
What we do
We create, promote, educate, advise
and link artists, organizations and others that are interested in the
development of wall art. Mural Routes has become the primary advisor for
communities engaged in producing public wall art in the Greater Toronto Area
Community Murals: Since 1990, Mural
Routes has worked with communities across Toronto to improve their
neighbourhoods through the creation of outdoor murals.
Public Art Management: We provide
expertise in the development and installation of public wall art projects.
Commissions: We send job opportunities
and public art calls to member artists, connecting them with local and
international commissions and competitions.
Education/Mentorship: We present a
symposium semi-annually, and run professional development workshops for
artists and administrators through the year.
Youth artist training and
mentorships are offered through our summer programs.
Consulting: Mural Routes offers
consultations, presentations and guidance to help get public art projects
off the ground.
Networking: Through our website, social
networking, e-news and symposium, Mural Routes provides a hub where artists
and communities connect and share.
Resources: Our website muralroutes.com
provides information and links for artists and administrators. We have
produced Mural Production: A Resource Handbook,
History of Mural Art CD and
other resource materials that are available to the public.
Mural Routes was started in 1990 as a public art project of
Arts with the purpose of celebrating unique features, events and
heritage of Scarborough, Ontario through art. Mural Routes was incorporated as a separate
organization in 1994. Since then, Mural Routes has assisted many
communities and artists in creating outdoor murals that enhance their
neighbourhoods. We have run 14 National Mural Symposia across
Ontario, in addition to four Toronto Artists’ Network meetings and other
professional development workshops.
Since 2001, youth initiatives and
in mural art have become a high priority, targeted through annual summer
mentorship and employment programs in east Toronto. Mural Routes has become the “go
to” place for information and advice on mural creation. Our services are
used by many departments, agencies and educational institutions of the City
Contact Mural Routes for more information about our services.