Urban ArtWorks is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage youth and communities in the creation of public art that inspires connections and honors their voices.

Since 1995, we have collaborated with more than 2,000 youth and hundreds of artists to create thousands of public art installations in over 30 Seattle neighborhoods and 10 different cities. We envision a world where all people have access to the transformative experience of creating public art.

We achieve our Mission and Vision through 4 core programs:

Mural Apprentice Program

(MAP) provides arts-based employment training for youth with barriers to employment and education. Teens work together with professional teaching artists to learn basic art skills, research, design, and install murals throughout King County and beyond.

Base Crew

The Base Crew provides paid year-round mentorship and training for teens who have completed the Mural Apprentice Program who wish to deepen their arts and design experience. This program is a pathway for youth to become future muralists, teaching artists, and leaders of Urban ArtWorks.

School-based Programs

We customize projects to support an arts-integrated curriculum where K-12 students work alongside professional Teaching Artists to explore themes, design, and install art in their schools.

Commissioned and Community Murals

We work with community organizations and business owners to facilitate interactive community engagement around the research, design, and installation of murals and public art in specific communities.


“I think Urban ArtWorks definitely helped me realize the value of mentorship so I’m very grateful I was able to experience that. I’d love to stay connected, it’s definitely important to keep in touch with uplifting and supportive people.” – Youth apprentice

“The whole program and this opportunity is great, especially in times like this. It is great for communication, free expression, and creativity.” – Youth apprentice

“Our Polack Food Bank received a makeover this weekend! Thanks to Urban ArtWorks and local artist Dozfy, the food bank exterior was brought to life with images of abundance and nourishment. Here’s to bringing beauty to the world at a time when we could all use it.” – Jewish Family Services

“As an artist, drawing in my sketchbook to painting a mural is insane. It feels like I am making a difference and feels like I am a real artist.” Youth apprentice

“We had an amazing Community Paint Day! We worked together to create a hopscotch board for our kids! We’re so glad we were able to give our families the opportunity to create something beautiful (and fun!) together!” – Mary’s Place

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