03/17/2015 08:15 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT

Montreal murals now featured in Google street art gallery

More than 150 murals across Montreal will be reaching international audiences through Google's street art gallery.

The initiative began four years ago but this is the first time a Canadian city is being featured.

The program director for the Google Cultural Institute, the body that oversees the online gallery, says Montreal was an obvious choice.

"Montreal in particular has a great scene and a lot of requests came from people locally," said Lucy Schwartz.

Schwartz says the goal is to promote local artists and to create access to thousands of images of street art for Google users.

MU is one of the Montreal organizations that submitted pictures of street art to Google.

Co-founder Elizabeth-Anne Doyle says she hopes it will bring more pride for local talent, the organizations that promote them and the power of street art to create positive social change.