Each year we ask emerging Creatives and Designers to create original artwork that answers the question, “What about Oakland inspires you?”

To date, over 1,600 community college and state-level students have participated for the chance to have their designs featured on Inspire Oakland billboards, bus ads, benches, and digital LED’s throughout the greater East Bay. In addition to professional exposure, student participants receive work opportunities, career-related resources, and discover tools needed to secure 21st century employment.

Voicing themes from First Friday, to Black Lives Matter, to Women Empowerment — student designs visually reflect the diversity, history, and resiliency of our community while inspiring civic pride, engagement, and innovation.