Heroes of unity

A public art and print making project that produces an “open-source” portrait of the local community of immigrants. Together youth artist and adult professional mentors work to produce a year-long program of art engagement and public art that serves those in need in Oakland and across the Bay Area.

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Open Call for youth artists

  • Select participants receive: monthly stipends, free materials, art studio access, guided instruction and a custom designed carbo-bike mobile printmaking lab.

What do I need to do?

  • Work with Oakland artists to co-create new art

  • Commit to 4 hours of studio time per week

  • Commit to participate for 16 weeks between July 1 - November 3, 2019

  • Attend a two-day orientation on Friday, June 21 from 12-3pm and Saturday, June 22 from 12-3pm.

  • Be able to participate in public events on the following dates:

    • End of Summer Festival: Saturday August 10, 2019, evening, at Oakland Public Library 81st Avenue Branch (tentative - in development)

    • Back to School Event: Friday, September 6, 2019, evening, at Oakland Public Library Main Branch

    • Oakland First Friday Art Murmur: Friday, October 4, 2019, evening, at Chapter 510 in downtown Oakland

    • Dia de los Muertos Festival: November 2, 2019, all day, in Oakland’s Fruitvale District.

How do I apply?

  • You must be between the ages of 13 - 18 years old

  • Be able to meet all scheduling requirements above

  • Have an interest in art and art making (printmaking, photography, video, painting, drawing, theater/performance, poetry, dance, or more)

  • Application deadline: May 31

    • Acceptance announcement mid June


Open call for Media Intern

Collaborate with CAS on social media documentation and storytelling for Heroes of Unity, public art printmaking and public art project. Paid position, July-November. Download the application instructions below.

Participants Berneice Ruiz and David Gallegos interviewed by Justin Hoover about making art in public space.

Lead Artists:

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Sergio De La Torre

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Gonzalo Hildago

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Justin Hoover

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Favianna Rodriguez


Chris Treggiari

About Heroes of Unity:

Five pairs of students will work side by side with professional artists to learn, share and develop community art projects using silk-screens and community interviews. The project requires a minimum of 4 hours of studio work a week and one monthly public event. Youth will be required to design and develop their own self-directed projects that incorporate community interviews and printmaking. Youth participants will be paid a monthly stipend and provided all art materials, as well as a mobile “silk-screen laboratory” for them to create, personalize and activate in public space.

Starting in July 2019, and continuing through the end of the year, Heroes of Unity utilizes a custom designed and fabricated fleet of mobileart laboratories as mobile workstations to record and share the images, words, and perspectives of the immigrants that constitute our local communities. These pop-up workstations are designed to be platforms for raising and making visible the public’s voice as producers of content for public artwork. Through conversations and informal interviews during hands-on workshops, the audience share their stories and create their images that later, through guidance by CAS, form the content of banners, silkscreens, bus shelter adds, poster campaigns, and billboards. In this way CAS and project leaders facilitate public expression, shaping the way histories and images enter the public sphere as public art. CAS does not create the art, but builds the platform for the public to create. 

Collaborating artists include Sergio De La Torre, Gonzalo Hidalgo, Justin Hoover, Favianna Rodriguez, and Chris Treggiari. Special thanks to our strategic partners: Oakland Public Library, The Unity Council, and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation for their support and collaboration.