We all know that Raleigh has a vibrant art scene — and we’re not just talking about CAM or the NCMA. One of our all-time favorite galleries? Raleigh itself.
The City of Oaks is home to a number of meaningful murals and street art pieces. Today, we’re sharing where to find murals that really paint a picture of our city.
“All Are Welcome,” 428 S. McDowell St., Raleigh | By Luke Buchanan
You can find this mural on the side of Poole’side Pies across from Red Hat Amphitheater. Originally painted in 2015, local award-winning chef and restaurateur Ashley Christensen commissioned this piece to promote equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
“Ann and Allen Iverson,” 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh | By Stephen “ESPO” Powers
Painted on CAM Raleigh in 2018, this mural depicts a scene from the 1990s when professional basketball player Allen Iverson’s mother, Ann, braided his hair courtside during an NBA game. This actually happened.
“Carolina Hurricanes,” 306 Gale St., Raleigh | By Gabriel Eng-Goetz
Gabe painted this mural as an ode to the Canes’ journey in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. The concentric circles and lines form a weather chart and the numbers that typically mark wind speed indicate every year that the Canes have made the playoffs. The year they won the cup is dark orange.
“Color Pop Corner,” 102 S. Blount St., Raleigh| By Lisa Gaither
Raleighite Lisa has painted hundreds of murals of varying sizes since the 1990s, including this colorful and geometric piece at Marbles Kids Museum.
“From the Ashes,” 9 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | By Taylor White
Look up to see this mural — it’s wrapped around The Willard Rooftop Lounge (and can be spotted from the street below). The piece was inspired by the botanical collection of the late William Willard Ashe, a forester, botanist, and UNC graduate who grew up in a home behind the hotel.
“Hand Out Happiness,” 401 Woodburn Rd., Raleigh | By the Village District
You know you’ve arrived at Goodnights Comedy Club’s new location when you see this bright and bold mural in the Village District.
“Look for the Best in People,” 4261 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh | By Shannon Snow
This is Georgia-based artist Shannon Snow’s first mural. It took three days to create this bright pop of positivity between the Bank of America and REI in North Hills.
“Women’s ICC,” 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh | By Taylor White
The four athletes featured in this piece were key soccer players from the four teams — including the NC Courage — that competed in the 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup tournament hosted in Cary.
“Parks for the People,” 415 Hillsborough St., Raleigh | By Gabriel Eng-Goetz
Painted in 2022, this mural was inspired by Dorothea Dix Park to encourage viewers to reflect on the park’s past while also looking toward its future. The imagery tells the story of emancipation, mental health, and Indigenous people in the park and features Dix’s signature sunflowers and ginko tree.
“Shaw University 150th Anniversary,” 720 S. Blount St., Raleigh | By Scott Nurkin
Shaw University — the first historically Black university in the South and one of the oldest in the nation — was founded in 1865. It was the first college in the US to offer a four-year medical school and the first HBCU to enroll women. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015.
“Sir Walter,” 603 W. Morgan St., Raleigh | By Spence Townsend
This moody mural, completed in 2020, is tucked away inside the lobby of The Casso hotel. It features the City of Oaks’ namesake, Sir Walter Raleigh.
This interpretive mural, inspired by Maya Freelon’s original artwork of the same name, was unveiled in September 2022. You can find it in Smoky Hollow across from Midwood Smokehouse.
“The Mount Rapmore of the 2010s,” 416 S. Dawson St., Raleigh | By Jeks One
Inspired by Mt. Rushmore, this piece honors modern rap legends. Yes, that’s local star J. Cole alongside Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar.
“What Lifts You,” 4208 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh | By Kelsey Montague
Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of this interactive and Instagramable mural. Kelsey’s wings, which are a part of her #WhatLiftsYou campaign, can also be found at Cary’s Fenton.
“Wish You Were Here,” 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | By Joseph Giampino
This mural is painted on the now-closed Rialto Theatre, which was once the oldest operating movie theater in Raleigh.
Want to make a day out of finding all the murals our city has to offer? Have a peek at this public art map and share photos of your artsy adventure with us on social media by using #RALtoday.