Mural Arts Program Inspiring Transformation – MAPIT
MAPIT, the Mural Arts Program Inspiring Transformation, is an innovative, hands-on mural program based on the belief that art has the power to serve as an agent for positive personal development and social growth. The program grew out of an anti-graffiti initiative started by City Council member Scott Wagner.
MAPIT is designed as a partnership program, providing opportunities for a range of organizations and individuals to participate and collaborate in the creative process. Working with young people from low income communities in Kansas City, the MAPIT program has the power to transform neighborhoods and preserve property by implementing cooperative educational art projects. The MAPIT program provides direct personal and professional development experiences by working with a lead artist through research, concept development, design, and implementation of innovative community murals. Through the process, young people learn not only about creativity and the value of art and design, they also develop improved social skills and learn a number of relevant business practices.
MAPIT’s primary partners are Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, the Municipal Art Commission, the Full Employment Council, Mattie Rhodes Center, and ArtsTech. MAPIT is funded by the Public Improvements Advisory Committee and Kansas City Power & Light.
MAPIT’s mural locations and lead artists are:
For information about MAPIT and the application process, contact Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org.