Murals are a wonderful way to bring life to downtown. In Philadelphia, the Mural Arts Program is also credited with increasing sales within the business districts where they are located. How’s that for impact! In Great Falls, Montana, the Business Improvement District is paying for supplies for 10 artists to create murals on the dilapidated building and enhance the appearance of downtown. This is a relatively easy idea that harnesses the skills and talent of local artists.

Here are two recent articles on the BIDs efforts:

Temporary murals light up ‘blights’ in downtown Great Falls [Great Fall Tribune, 7/11/11]
Artists Legally Paint Downtown Eyesore to Create a Masterpiece [, 7/11/11]