This unique two-day workshop will focus on visits to outdoor community murals in Chicago from the past half-century, in various states of preservation. A key component will be presentations and discussions by artists, community members, and conservators regarding various approaches to conservation, treatment, repainting, or renewal of these public murals. Destinations will include visits to oil-based, acrylic-based, spray-painted and mosaic and bricolage murals on a variety of exterior walls. Considerations of the lifespan of various mural materials will be central to the on-site observations of the murals. Discussions will include such topics as the history of community murals in Chicago, significance of community murals today, rights, roles and responsibilities of artists, arts organizations, conservators, and community; philosophical questions of value and community choice, materials, methods and approaches for conservation, restoration and renewal, and maintenance of community murals. The latest research on protective and anti-graffiti coatings will also be presented.