California Avenue Murals Festival 2023

Cal Ave Mural Artists Liv Loose-Unger, Paz de la Calzada, Nicole Ponsler

The Palo Alto Public Art Program is planning for a large murals event on California Avenue this summer! Artists Olivia Losee-UngerPaz de la Calzada, and Nicole Ponsler (pictured from left to right) have been selected to paint vibrant temporary murals in the California Avenue District. The murals will be painted at two wall sites: Palo Alto Central on 149 California Avenue, and Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels on 477 California Avenue. Mural painting will take place from June 1-9, 2023.
The third mural will be a streetscape ground mural at the intersection of California Avenue and Ash Street. Interested in helping artist Paz de la Calzada paint the ground mural? All painting supplies and instructions will be provided. Sign up for an AM or PM shift between June 5 – 9. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes, bring water and sun screen. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and sign a waiver at the event. Volunteers under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver. Previous painting experience is not necessary. Sign up for a volunteer shift:

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Watch the Community Meeting recording below to learn more about the selected artists' creative process and previous work!

Meet the Artists: New Murals for California Ave Coming Summer 2023 from Palo Alto Public Art Program on Vimeo.


California Avenue District Temporary Murals

A series of four site-specific murals by California-based artists, commissioned for the construction safety barriers at 250 Sherman Ave, got installed in August 2022. Artists Alice Lee, Deborah Aschheim, Eva Struble, and Judy Lew Loose draw their inspiration from the unique character of Palo Alto’s California Avenue District, its diverse community, rich history, and iconic landmarks that make this neighborhood distinct. The murals, that together equal to over 900 linear feet of art, will remain on display through Summer 2023.

Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt

Find all the site-specific murals created by artist Greg Brown! Download the Scavenger Hunt(PDF, 3MB) or access the full map with locations and prompts on Mapme.

Public pictures posted on Instagram will be re-posted on our social media. Make sure to tag @publicartpa and @cityofpaloalto and use the following hashtags: #gregbrownmurals #upliftlocal #cpapublicart

The Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt event is part of the Council-supported Uplift Local initiative. 




The poster celebrating the BLM movement and depicting the temporary mural created by 16 local artists on Hamilton Avenue, is available for downloading here: BLM Printable Poster(PDF, 9MB) or email Public Art Program Staff to inquire about a poster at

Featured Artists

B: Demetris Washington @bamr_theartist
L: Sasha & Ben Vu @sashavustudios
A: The Harker School Art Club led by artist Pilar Aguero-Esparza @harkerschool @pilar.aguero.esparza
C: Masuma Ahmed
K: Richard Hoffman @richardehoffman
L: Urna Bajracharya @fishing_for_fishies
I: Janet Foster
V: Sarah Joy Espinoza-Evans @iloniarts
E: Elizabeth D Foggie @elizabethdfoggie
S: Ann McMillan @annmcmillanart
M: Nico Berry @nicosprayitloud
A: Ruth Feseha @robin_laurance
T: Shiraaz Bhabha @shiraaz
T: Briena Brown @artbybriena
E: Cece Carpio @cececarpio
R: Stuart Robertson & Adam Amram @stewyrobertson @adam_amram_


The BLM poster is designed by R+A Design Studio