Paint The Town! Pilot Program

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Note that the Paint the Town program is currently on hiatus as we transition from pilot to a permanent program. You can read more about the pilot below.

This pilot program allowed community members to paint temporary street murals on Oakland’s roads. To view the application follow this link.

You may have seen some of these murals popping up around the Town. Murals are designed and painted by Oakland community members, reflecting our communities’ cultures and values, while also bringing some vibrancy and delight to our standard asphalt.

Mural installation started in Spring 2018.

Paint the Town! Advancing Equity

To advance OakDOT’s equity goals, the department wanted to ensure this program was accessible to underserved communities. The program set a goal to approve projects on a 2:1 ratio, facilitating two projects in neighborhoods of medium and high disadvantaged communities for every project approved in a low-disadvantage community neighborhood (as defined by the Metropolitan Transit Commission communities of concern index). The final ratio was 9:1, exceeding the department's goal.

Find a Paint the Town! Project

This map includes approved Paint the Town! applicants who have already, or have been approved to install murals. Click on the location to find out more information about the mural, including the applicant, date of installation, and photos. More information can also be found on our overview presentation.

In the News

Oakland DOT's New Mural Program is Street Art—Literally | KQED

Street art deal: Oakland DOT rolls out beautification program | Hoodline

Eyes on the Street: First “Paint the Town” Mural Hits the Streets of Oakland | Streets Blog SF

Oakland's 'Paint the Town!' mural project beautifies, encourages community collaboration | KTVU

Understanding the Paint the Town! Process

After receiving over 150 responses to our Request for Community Interest, OakDOT launched Paint the Town!. OakDOT held an open application period for Paint the Town! from September to November 2017. During that time, we received 42 mural submissions and provisionally approved 30 murals. Note that the application for the pilot program is now closed.

In addition to the initial application, applicants had to take a few more steps in order to paint a mural. OakDOT staff helped guide applicants through these processes.

Next Steps

OakDOT’s Paint the Town! pilot program has a been a huge success to-date. This pilot phase is still underway, and we’re continuously learning from our experiences. We have not yet determined the next steps, but if you’d like to be notified of our future plans, and/or if you’re interested in participating in a future Paint the Town! round, please email

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