The Town of Aurora invites local artists to submit an application to participate in the Aurora’s Downtown Street Wall Mural Program. The program will allow experienced local artists the opportunity to beautify Aurora while reducing graffiti and providing a real connection and revived energy to our downtown core.  

“I believe Aurora’s Downtown Street Wall Mural program will create a sense of pride, reduce graffiti and tagging and promote community beautification. These murals will provide a focus and interest in the downtown core and promote our community’s history and strengths,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. 

The murals will be created on Town-owned retaining walls along Yonge Street. The first mural will be located on the west-facing retaining wall located just north of the Yonge Street and Catherine Avenue. Eligible artists must possess the ability to create an engaging design that is inspired by one or both of the following themes: 

  • Aurora's history, signature events, and physical environment; and/or
  • Frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19

The mural program is open to individual artists that meet the following criteria: 

  • Possess demonstrated experience in creating murals and/or street/graffiti art
  • 18 years or older at the time of submitting the mural program application form
  • Preferably resides in Aurora, although artists from any geographic location within York Region will be considered and encouraged to participate

A Mural Program Selection Committee comprised of community representatives, a professional from the arts community, Town staff and Mayor Tom Mrakas will review the submissions and notify the selected artist. 

The mural program guidelines and application form are now available online at and eligible artists have until Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. to submit their online application.  

For more information on this program, please contact Phil Rose-Donahoe, Manager of Library Square at 905-727-3123 ext. 4327 or email