Athena Project

CCA and ARISE High School art students researched Oakland history and collaborated on the creation of a 30-foot mural installation at the Fruitvale BART Station.

Project Objective

Through the “Athena Project” ENGAGE students mentored ARISE High School art students in the design of a community mural and that they painted together, bringing the mural to life. “Athena Project” participants developed leadership and collaborative skills in the research, design, and implementation of a community mural. As part of the design process, ARISE High School and ENGAGE students consulted with the National Park Service for guidance into the history of the area prior to submitting their mural proposal to City Hall.

Project Outcome(s)

The “Athena Project” culminated with the installation of a 30-foot mural in the Fruitvale station depicting the history of the De Anza trail, contemporary living, and future life of the Fruitvale neighborhood. The “Athena Project” created a mutually beneficial art making opportunity for under-served Bay Area youth and California College of the Arts students with a focus on service learning, youth empowerment, and socially engaged art. The mural was so well received that a local shopkeeper provided a site for the mural panels to be permanently installed.


Since its installation over 1,000 people view the mural each day. The mural has been displayed at festivals in Fruitvale, and students have been interviewed by the local news about the mural.