CATA

Community Advocacy Through Art

CATA uses street art murals to raise awareness of community issues. Right now, we're addressing the challenges of Redwood City.

Why street art?

Street art murals beautify public spaces and grab attention. We want more quality public art that unites community members of all ages and backgrounds against the challenges we face. Want to help?

We’re now painting our first CATA mural! Artist Dodge Williams is working at 3025 Jefferson Ave to paint a mural that raises awareness of the need for the community to come together to support individual healing in areas such as mental health and homelessness. Our partner non-profit for this mural is the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, which provides housing and mental health services to the homeless throughout the mid-Peninsula.

Stop by and check out the work in progress!

Missing Peace in Progress 4.22.17

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our old Open Paint location, Pizza and Pints, is now closed. We’ve relocated to the nearby Cyclismo Cafe at 871 Middlefield Road. It’s a few shops down from Cinemark, right next to the Redwood City Caltrain and across the street from the 900 Middlefield Road Parking garage.

Our event will continue with the same structure as before, with free admission, free-flowing paint, featured local artists, and featured non-profits. In addition to an exciting new layout with a patio, Cyclismo Cafe offers a robust menu, with high-quality coffee and artisanal sandwiches, bowls and salads. If you’re a foodie, check out pictures of their dishes on Yelp. They’re great people, too. We’re excited.
RSVP for our next Open Paint.

Due to popular demand, we’re extending our Open Paint series until the end of March! You can find photos from our first three months here. We’ll continue to promote Open Paint as the best, most accessible painting event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Open Paint serves as a space for community members from all walks of life to gather, paint, support local artists, and learn about great non-profits.

We are looking for additional artists and non-profits to feature throughout the next three months. If you have ideas, please email Cary Kelly at info@rwcpaf.org.

 

Come out to Open Paint by CATA, an admission-free, all-ages social event at Pizza and Pints.

Open Paint takes place every Thursday 5-8 PM, starting October 13. Located next to Caltrain in downtown Redwood City at 821 Winslow Street. No admission cost. We provide paint, brushes, blank canvases, and “paint-by-number” designs by local artists. Pizza, beer, and wine available for purchase.

Donations and a percentage of all food/beverages sales support Community Advocacy Through Art (CATA), a street art and community advocacy project of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.

RSVP on Eventbrite at openpaintbycata.eventbrite.com so we know how many canvases to hang.

10/13 Featured Paint-by-Numbers Artist:
-Rachel Owens (https://www.instagram.com/kittykuddi/)
-Natasha Wein

Interested in being a featured artist or donating paint supplies? Learn more at www.projectcata.com/openpaint. Contact info@rwcpaf.org or 650-453-8074 with questions, or comment below.

A big thanks to our local sponsor University Art for providing the canvases and paint to kick off our event! Check them out.

We’re in the process of organizing a weekly paint night at Redwood City’s famous Pizza & Pints. This admission-free event will consist of blank and paint-by-numbers canvases, along with cheap (but tasty!) pizza and beer, for three hours of art, fun and fundraising. Stay tuned for official details and our first event date.

CATA is $1,500 closer to its first street art mural!

Last Thursday night, CATA presented to the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission (CCC) as part of a larger grant application of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation (RWCPAF). In total, RWCPAF received $4,500 from the CCC to divide equally among its Chalk Art Festival, Secret Garden and CATA projects. RWCPAF received the second largest disbursement of funds from the CCC, out of 17 applying organizations.

The cost of street art murals, including artist commission and paint, can easily cost between $20-30 per square foot — or higher! This means that a simple 20’x10′ wall could easily require $6,000 to cover in a beautiful, professional mural.

The CCC grant is a fantastic step forward for CATA, but we still have plenty of funds to raise. Considering donating to our project on the RWCPAF website, and help us use street art to raise awareness of important issues in Redwood City and the Bay Area. Be sure to mention CATA in your donation comments!

Photo credit: Angel Ortega

The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation is participating in SVGives, a Bay Area-wide fundraising day for local non-profits through the Silicon Valley Foundation. Consider making a donation to CATA and RWC PAF on our SVGives page. Write “CATA” in the dedication field to earmark your contribution for this project.

Plus, if you donate on May 3rd, our Redwood City partner business will throw in some perks:

  • Bliss Coffee is giving a free drink on May 3rd, a ($4 value) to the first 30 people to donate $20 or more.
  • Young’s will give those who are sweet enough to donate $20 or more a FREE single scoop. 
  • Timber and Salt is hosting a Happy Hour Party for us. Join us there on May 3rd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Give $20 or more and get two free drinks (beer, wine or a well drink).

Help us fill Redwood City with meaningful public art and get some free tasty treats while you’re at it. Donate here.

After lots of template crafting and tweaking color schemes, the CATA website it now live. So what’s next?

Community partners! Working closely with the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation board, we will be approaching local businesses with two asks:

  1. Please lend us a wall to paint a CATA mural?
  2. How about helping us out with the costs of the mural? (Paint and top-notch artists are expensive!)

When we approach businesses, we’ll be equipped with facts. Claire and Cary have spent the last researching the tops issues facing Redwood City. We’ve arrived at three to focus on for the next few months: Affordable Housing, homelessness and human trafficking. Read our research on our causes page.

Hopefully, our research, snappy marketing materials and overwhelming passion will be enough to bring some local sponsors on-board with CATA. Stay tuned!

 

 

We’re excited to have a website to represent CATA. Let us know what you think! Also, check out the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation website at www.rwcpaf.org. They have other awesome art projects in addition to CATA.

 

Project Updates


First Mural in Progress!

We’re now painting our first CATA mural! Artist Dodge Williams is working at 3025 Jefferson Ave to paint a mural that raises awareness of the…

Open Paint now at Cyclismo Cafe

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our old Open Paint location, Pizza and Pints, is now closed. We’ve relocated to the nearby Cyclismo Cafe at 871 Middlefield…

Open Paint grows and extends!

Due to popular demand, we’re extending our Open Paint series until the end of March! You can find photos from our first three months here. We’ll…