Teen Design Competition!

Teen Art Transforms the Main Library!

In January 2014, Oakland Public Library announced a Teen Design Competition, encouraging teens living or attending school in Oakland  to submit designs to transform the cement trash cans located outside of the Main Library.  Submissions were accepted until mid-February and the winning designs were selected in March by a panel of four judges that included two teens, a teen librarian and local artist Roberto Costa.  Four teen designs were selected by the panel! These lucky teens will have their artwork transformed into beautiful mosaic murals in front of the Main Library between April-May 2014:

  • Cruz Clavel, ARISE High School
  • Curtavia Gill, Envision Academy of Arts & Technology
  • Armando  Macias,  East Oakland Leadership Academy
  • Winnie Yao, Oakland Technical High School


                        Teen Design Competition Winners

Three of four winners of the Teen Design Competition. From left to right: Curtavia Gill, Winnie Yao and Armando Macias. Image credit: Sharon McKellar

Oakland Public Library still needs YOU! 

Would you like to take part in the creation of the mosaics? We’re still recruiting teen volunteers for the mosaic work that will completed between April-May 2014. No experience is necessary – we will have a mosaic artist working with all volunteer groups. If you are interested in working with other teens to create beautiful mosaics for the Main Library, please contact Lana Adlawan, Teen Services Coordinator at (510) 238-7613

Picture of an undecorated trash can   Picture of decorated trash can

Image credit: Mosaic by Vivian Romero and the Adams Point Neighborhood Group