Teen Artists Brighten the Block

Release Date: 
Thu, 03/13/2014

press release (pdf)The Oakland Public Library (OPL) is proud to announce the results of its Teen Design Competition!

Teens from across Oakland were encouraged to submit their original artwork in a competition to transform the drab cement trash cans outside the Main Library, located at 125 14th Street. Through a grant provided by Keep Oakland Beautiful, the winning designs will be transformed into colorful mosaic murals adorning the receptacles located outside the Library on  Madison Street. The winning designs were selected by a panel of four judges that included two teens and local artist, Roberto Costa. Four teens from across Oakland were selected as winners of the Teen Design Competition:

Cruz Clavel, ARISE High School

Curtavia Gill, Envision Academy of Arts & Technology

Armando  Macias,  East Oakland Leadership Academy

Winnie Yao, Oakland Technical High School

Volunteer and artist Roberto Costa will continue to guide the Library through the design and implementation processes of this project.  Roberto, who has been practicing mosaic art for seven years, has led neighborhood beautification projects that have created dozens of beautiful trash can and mosaic murals throughout the Allendale Park, Maxwell Park, Laurel District, West Oakland, North Oakland and Adams Point neighborhoods.

Work on the mosaic murals will begin in April. For more information, contact Lana Adlawan, Supervising Librarian for Teen Services, at (510) 238-7613 or ladlawan@oaklandlibrary.org.