Market Street Mural

"This new found power inspired Serenity to do even more to help the community. She traveled from one Oakland neighborhood to another restoring the city's parks. As time went by other people started to take notice. They felt happier and were proud of where they lived. Since the citizens of Oakland now had pride for where they lived, they started to litter less. Even crime was lessened. Living in trashy conditions no longer frustrated citizens because the city was now clean and the people of Oakland were happy."


The Unveiling

The Visionaries/Conceptual Designers

Westlake Middle School Village

After-School Program Students

  • Breanna Andrus
  • Amada Mendoza
  • Ashanti Williams
  • Nailiah Williams
  • Carmen Hernandez
  • Kristy Lim
  • Aniya Rivers
  • Saron Akalu
  • Jennifer Avila
  • Betsy Fikir
  • Malissa Aguilar
  • Erica Luong
  • Leilani Sears
  • Isane Smith

Project Leads

The Art Director: David Burke

David Burke is an East Bay native and has participated in over thirty mural projects over the last ten years. He began his graduate studies in Rome, and received his M.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2001. He spent most of the last decade teaching art at Saint Elizabeth High School and then Patten University in Oakland. He has exhibited his work both locally and abroad. Most recently, he was a visiting lecturer in painting at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand. David currently lives in Oakland.

David's most recent body of work explores the intersection between the man-made and natural worlds. The paintings illustrate man’s complex and often convoluted relationship to nature and depict instances in which theses forces both compliment one another and collide in destructive ways. These works celebrate man’s desire to build, innovate and create, while acknowledging the fact that our impulse to grow and consume is eroding the ecological framework that we depend on to sustain our wasteful habits.

The Lead Artist: Senay "Refa" Dennis

For well over two decades, Oakland California native Refa One has been instrumental in the development of the innovative, unorthodox genre of art known as “Aerosol Art” (Graffiti Art/Writing). Immersed in HipHop culture as a youth, the walls of urban structures became his canvas.

Refa's refined HipHop calligraphy speaks to a legacy of Style and cultural tradition born from the NYC subway painting movement. A lifetime of involvement in HipHop culture via the Universal Zulu Nation combined with his radical political awareness, has translated into a successful career as a HipHop Calligrapher, muralist, illustrator, activist, and educator. Refa One’s design aesthetic promotes culture as a vehicle for radical political and social change. His pieces are maps of vision and reflection that capture the intellectual value and heritage of the HipHop vernacular. His themes materialize in the fusion of his unique stylized letters and his use of eclectic cultural iconography. That fusion result is a multitude of powerful works engaging the spirit, intellect, and the imagination.


  • Lindsey Millikan
  • Javier Rocabado
  • Helen Bayley
  • Dawood Marion
  • Gaelen Smith
  • Daniel Panko
  • Keena Romano
  • Duane Deterville
  • Sydney Cain
  • Dorias Flagg
  • Vanessa Espinoza