BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival Oakland, CA 2022

The BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival was conceived by Sydney G. James of Detroit, Michigan, Thomas Evans (Detour303) of Denver, Colorado and Max Sansing of Chicago, Illinois as a direct response to their shared history of
participating in mural festivals throughout the country. 

Many of these festivals occur without remuneration for the participating artists, and most exhibit limited racial
diversity among the artists represented. These artists agreed to kick off the brand in James’ hometown of
Detroit, Michigan. 

The inaugural festival in August 2021 brought 40 new murals to the North End community of Detroit. The Festival provided an opportunity for muralists of color from Detroit and across the United States to take part in a
collaborative endeavor that encouraged the artistic and economic reinvigoration of the North End Community
while providing the participating artists with expanded avenues of expression and economic support. 

This summer, BLKout Walls will brighten the city streets of East Oakland, CA, with curated large-scale murals painted by world-renowned artists. 

Oakland is the PERFECT location for BLKOUT Walls! Much like Detroit, when a person visits, more likely than not they'll experience a feeling of "familiarity;" similar to going over your favorite cousin's house or Grandma's house where all of your cousins will be. 

The landscapes are different, but the "culture" is synonymous. Oakland artists will be able to add another layer of visual love to their hometown, and the invited artists from around the country and beyond who share the same ideals of cultural "service" will bless Oakland with their talents. 

An annual, family-friendly event, the second BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival will occur in Summer 2022, and will be a ten-day, black lead/produced project. This festival is part of our ongoing initiative to help drive an arts-based economic development, or creative economy, within the Oakland community. 

What is planned for 2022: 

• 20+ (3 painted by festival organizers, 17+ by invited national and local artists) large scale murals in or around
   Oakland, California 

• Art Installation activations throughout the community 

• Live Art Illustration Party 

• Mural Tours 

• Engagement with local youth arts based organizations. 

• Artist Talk & engagement opportunity 

• Free Block Party closing event

• Arts fundraiser and MUCH MORE! 


BLKout Walls has a radiating impact on our community, and we know that meaningful partnerships make all the difference. 

Direct support as well as in-kind support is needed to secure travel, stipends, purchase materials, rent lifts, scaffolding and produce community outreach events. 

Supporting BLKOUT Walls presents a unique opportunity to build stronger community ties, promote your
business in the process and be intimately associated with one of the most exciting and diverse public art events in California. 


The nationally renowned Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) has partnered with the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival by serving two roles: 

By helping us partner with like minded non-profit groups in the East Oakland community to deliver STEAM focused programming. 
By serving as the fiscal agent for the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival. DACPCEP and the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival seek to engage 

a similar demographic in the East Oakland community where the festival will be held. 

Additionally, DAPCEP’s mission to prepare underrepresented youth for careers in STEM has expanded to include the arts(STEAM), and their participation in the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival will ensure youth engagement and growth within the arts. 


Your generous contributions and donations will help BLKOUT Walls develop a premier public
art project that will: 

• Bring visitors to various parts of the Oakland Community 

• Activate and beautify underutilized spaces throughout the City 

• Increase the walkability of neighborhoods Provide spaces and resources for public art talks 

• Engage community youth in new opportunities 

• Amplify BIPOC voices & stories 

• Increase representational artwork throughout Oakland

Your generous contributions and donations will help BLKOUT Walls develop a premier public art project that will: Bring visitors to various parts of the Detroit Community

•Activate and beautify underutilized spaces throughout the City
• Increase the walkability of neighborhoods
• Provide spaces and resources for public art talks
• Engage community youth in new opportunities
• Amplify BIPOC voices & stories
• Increase representational artwork throughout Detroit

BLKOUT Walls is committed to delivering a successful partnership with great return on investment. Your partnership will help us pay for paint supplies, promotional materials, festival supplies as well as meals and lodging for
artists. Sponsor recognition and deliverables may include:
• Mural wall plaque “Sponsored by” (name/business)
• Exclusive product or service placement
• Brand integration into select experiences
• Recognition on all applicable media placement
• Media buys in radio, online, and print publications
• Recognition in all applicable social media campaigns
• Recognition on all applicable exhibit signage
• Recognition on all applicable collateral materials
• Recognition in event visitor guide
• Recognition on project website
• On-site appearance and product
• Event tickets, passes, and exclusive merchandise
(*custom sponsorship packages can be created upon request)


• Opening Event  - An opportunity to introduce to visiting artists to the Oakland community. 

• Mural Curation  - The completion of 20+ large scale murals that will engage the community of Oakland. 

• Artist –Community Fundraiser - Artist fundraiser & community fund-a-need to further benefit residents
and/or community partners. 

• Artist Panel - Participating artists & organizers hosted at a local cultural site and open to the community. 

• Live Art /Illustration Battle - Closing party & community celebration complete with a live art competition. 

• Closing Event  - An opportunity to have the community and visitors tour the murals and meet the artists in a fun and engaging setting. Local businesses and vendors our invited to participate.
Local musicians and DJ’s invited to perform throughout the day. 



Donations (33)

  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • ICU Art
    • $1,000 
    • 1 yr
  • Quajay Donnell
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Simone Sheridan
    • $50 
    • 1 yr


Sydney James
Oakland, CA

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