Mural Art Program

Three panels from the Jackson Street Mural - by J.

About Us: Mission/History

The City’s Mural Art Program was established in 2009 to address the issue of escalating graffiti and vandalism and in support of the City Council’s Safe, Clean and Green community priorities. The idea behind the program was to deter graffiti by installing beautiful mural artwork throughout the city on commercial buildings, schools, utility boxes, and overpasses. So far, more than 1,200 volunteers (including public schools, senior citizens, community organizations) have participated in selecting and installing over 200 art installations throughout the City, including murals and tile mosaics.

Since program inception, Hayward has seen a decrease in graffiti on property that used to be habitually tagged, and spectacular beautification of our neighborhoods. Murals help build relationships, empower communities, and spark economic revitalization. They help increase foot traffic while adding color, vibrancy, and character to the City environment. They also promote a sense of identity, belonging, openness, and welcoming.

Hayward’s murals celebrate the diversity of our community, stimulate conversation about history and events, build bridges of connection and understanding, and inspire reflection.

As a result of the Mural Art Program, Hayward has received national recognition as a vibrant center for the arts. The Mural Art Program also promotes job creation by commissioning local muralists and helps to revitalize corridors, increase the marketability of property, and promote tourism.

A map of Hayward showing where all of the murals areInteractive Mural Map

To view the artwork and their locations, join us on a virtual tour using the interactive map below.

Tour our Murals today →


Winton Ave. MuralArtist All-Calls

Bay Area and California Artists are encouraged to participate in our open artist-all-call announcements and join our mailing list. Current projects are listed on this page, and submission criteria is made available within each announcement.

View current all-calls and join our mailing list →


Graffiti on a wall under the Access Hayward logoReport Graffiti

City staff removes graffiti from municipal property, pedestrian and vehicular overpasses, BART columns, sidewalks, traffic control boxes, fire hydrants, water testing stations, and the Amtrak Station. The City appreciates reports of graffiti vandalism as soon as it occurs so prompt action can be taken.

Use our Access Hayward App to Report Graffiti →


Mural of a colorful gecko on a Tennyson Rd. SoundwallSuggest a Mural

The City is taking a pro-active, preventive approach to help eliminate graffiti through the public mural art program. Help us combat graffiti by suggesting a location for a mural.

Help us pick our next mural location →