Best Practices

Presenters at the 6th Annual Biennial Grant Wood Symposium on Art in Public shared best practices for faculty and those interested in teaching publicly engaged art.


The full symposium schedule and video can be found here.

The Community Mural Toolkit

A 24-page, downloadable PDF available to anyone that offers an introduction to the nuts and bolts of community mural-making and an invitation to consider and explore your community’s goal for creating community art. In this toolkit, you will find community benefits of murals, material, site and space needs, community engagement, strategies, a sample budget, potential funding strategies, evaluation methods, and project examples.

This PDF aims to show that community art is so much more than the final product itself: the art-making process can aid in building bridges between diverse groups and add to building stronger communities wherever you live.


*Courtesy of Jennifer Drinkwater and Iowa State University

Engaged Art Across Iowa

Arts Share and the Grant Wood Art Colony connect students across arts disciplines with communities in Iowa to create vibrant, engaging murals, installations, and more to celebrate local culture and draw attention to different projects and causes. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Office of Community Engagement on a project, please contact:

A sample mural project overview can be found here.