Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions, and our responses.
Q. Do you need a permit to paint here?
A. Yes. Please see the "How it works" page of this website to learn more.
Q. How do you know where to paint at?
A. Art Alley is continually changing, and that's a good thing. It stays fresh. There is, however, a golden rule - Be prepared to make an equal or greater effort as what you're painting over.
You may not be Van Gogh, and that's okay. We still want you to be able to express yourself here, and we believe that if you are at least making the same effort as what you're covering up, the quality of Art Alley will remain strong and interesting.
A little further elaboration - A mural that is well thought out and executed should be given a respectable amount of time to be enjoyed by the community. It's not a bad idea to date your work. Some things will last for days, and some for months.
DON'T SCRAWL OVER MURALS - Taking 5 seconds to write your name over the top of a mural that took someone all day to create does two things. It destroys both the effort of the artist, and the goal of what we are trying to achieve in Art Alley.
Q. Can you paint anything you want?
A. No. Although we encourage self expression, that expression must be respectful of Art Alley's goal of being an asset to the community, and an attraction that everyone from tourists, to local families with kids can enjoy. We do not tolerate vulgar, discriminative, or sexually explicit work in Art Alley, and will remove it immediately.
Q. When did Art Alley start?
A. While there are indications that graffiti and artistic expression in the Alley dates back to the time the buildings were originally built, the seed was planted in 2003, and took root and grew into "Art Alley" in 2004.
Q. Can you go on top of the buildings?
A. No. This is considered by building/business owners and the police to be trespassing on private property. Accessing roofs can cause damage to structures and create safety and liability issues. If caught you will be ticketed and possibly arrested for trespassing. Even building owners who support the lush creativity in the Alley do not allow trespassers on their roofs.