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 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


Open Paint starts 10/13 in RWC!

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 so we know how many canvases to hang.

10/13 Featured Paint-by-Numbers Artist:
-Rachel Owens (
-Natasha Wein

Interested in being a featured artist or donating paint supplies? Learn more at Contact 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.

New Paint Night @ Pizza & Pints!

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 receives $1,500 grant from CCC

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

Join us for SVGives, May 3rd!

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.

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