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Ferndale DDA

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Mural Location Submission

Mural Location Submission

Downtown Ferndale is launching an annual program to fund the creation of murals on public or private property. Each year will have a theme, and a committee will make selections to curate a diverse set of styles and artists. Murals can be a way to add character and personality to an urban environment, making it more interesting and unique. They can celebrate history, express the values of a community, and just make spaces more inviting to hang out in!
Please, complete this application for your property to be considered as a location for placement. Submissions must be located within the DDA Boundary, with preference given to the TIF District marked in red on the map below.  Priority will go to locations within the DDA boundary.

Deadline for Submissions:
March 13 at midnight

Some program details are included below, but we encourage interested artists and property owners to visit our program website for more details:

In 2023, the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is launching the Downtown Ferndale Mural Program with the theme “You Belong Here.” This program comes with an opportunity for artists and businesses to collaborate with Downtown Ferndale and the Ferndale Arts & Cultural Commission to continue the celebration of creative energy within the community.  Be a part of the legacy that continues to distinguish Ferndale. 

The DDA is excited to award up to 3 different locations per year with outdoor murals. Private property owners will be encouraged to submit a location where they would like to have an exterior mural. It is strongly encouraged that the business owner (if different from property owner) be interested in showcasing public art as well.  Government and non-profit organizations are also encouraged to submit proposed mural locations within the DDA Boundary. 

Property owners will not be compensated for the installation of murals on their property. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this submission with us, please contact the DDA staff at 248-546-1632 or by email at

Location Eligibility

  • Location must be within the TIF District boundary of the City of Ferndale DDA
  • Property owner and/or business owner at location must agree to prepare area for installation.
  • Property owner must agree to transfer license agreement to new property owner, in the event property ownership changes.
  • Property owner and business owner are required to work with the Project Staff to ensure the installation and concept are executed as intended.
  • Property owner must agree to complete a sign permit prior to installation. ($50 fee associated)

Site Selection Criteria
Factors to be considered by the Downtown Ferndale Mural Program Advisory Committee when making selections for sites shall include, but not be limited to the following: (final authorization will be made by the DDA Executive Director)

  • VISIBILTY: Sites which are highly visible to the public will be given preference.
  • ACTIVATION OF UNDERUTILIZED PEDESTRIAN SPACES: Placemaking and space activation are key goals for the Ferndale DDA. Artwork that serves to encourage activity in pedestrian spaces will be given preference.
  • VARIETY OF SITE SELECTION: The advisory committee will strive to select locations across downtown, benefiting as many businesses as possible. 
  • SAFETY: Locations that may benefit from activation to address safety or security concerns will be given preference. 

Property Owner Information

Property Owner Name

Do both the property owner & tenant acknowledge this submission:

Mural Site Address

Approximate Dimensions of Site

Please check ALL that apply:

What material is the wall constructed out of?

What condition is the wall currently in?

Will the wall require any repair before the mural can be installed?

Are there any items currently affixed to the wall?

Has this site been submitted to this program previously?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this submission with us, please contact Sommer Realy at 248-546-1632 or by email at