Office of Community Affairs- Public Art
The goal of public art is to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the lives of residents, visitors, and employees. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
Mural at 3090 Middlefield Road
A Call for Artists was released in December 2017 inviting all artists to submit mural designs for the proposed mural project and approximately twenty artists submitted designs. The North Fair Oaks Public Art Workgroup reviewed the submissions that met the criteria of the call for artists and the top three candidates based on their feedback were presented to the North Fair Oaks Community Council. The council reviewed the top three submissions and gave their feedback to select the top two for the Board of Supervisors / County Manager's Office to review. The selected artist, Jose Castro, is a North Fair Oaks native who has lived there his whole life. Jose has created a vibrant, colorful, and detailed mural design that depicts the cultural diversity and the history of North Fair Oaks. Work on the mural began in June of 2018 and is expected to run until November of 2018.
Am Somebody/Soy Alguien Mural
Mural at 2890 Fair Oaks Avenue
A Call for Artists was released on September 1, 2016, inviting all artists to submit mural designs for the proposed mural project, although extra consideration was given to local artists. Installation of the artwork begun in early 2017.
The selected artist, Nico Berry, a resident of the City of San Francisco, submitted one design. 15 designs in total were considered by the Public Art Workgroup based on the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence, innovation, and originality
- Documented potential and experience to complete the project successfully and within the required timeframe
- Level of community theme and involvement (although not required)
- Extra consideration was given to artists who live or work in North Fair Oaks, and/ or San Mateo County
Based on the majority vote of the Public Art Workgroup and the approval of the North Fair Oaks Community Council, the following design was selected and completed for the mural at 2890 Fair Oaks Avenue.
Nico Berry invited the students from Fair Oaks Community School to help paint the mural.