Oceanside Mural Initiative is now Art that Excites

In response to voter feedback and community interests in MainStreet Oceanside's mural program, MainStreet's Design Committee reassessed the overall vision of the Oceanside Mural Initiative, leading to the Art That Excites rebranding. The rebranding aligns with Oceanside values, describes the overall focus of the initiative and provides a shared vision representative of the community. The objective of the program remains to install 10 curated public art murals to transform Downtown Oceanside into a public art destination, to provide art education and community outreach, and to help define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built upon and driven by the arts.


Star Theatre

402 N. Coast Highway

"The Beauty of the Sea Will Always Be With Me"

The first Oceanside Mural Initiative mural was completed in 2017 by Skye Walker. The mural was selected by the Oceanside community with over 1,500 votes. The public art mural continues to be celebrated by visitors and locals alike. MainStreet Oceanside matched dollar for dollar to make this project a reality. 

Northern Pine Brewing and That Boy Good BBQ

326 Horne St.

"Yin Yang Dragons" and tribute to the Eastside "Posole" Neighborhood 

Gloria Muriel, a San Diego-based artist, was the winner of our community vote to create the second mural. This has lead to a collaborative mentoring opportunity curated by Dinah Poellnitz in which Muriel is working with local young artist Isabel Figueroa on the installation of an additional mural that illustrates the rich history of the Eastside "Posole" Neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Oceanside. Each section of Figueroa's mural tells a story, and the intersection of the two murals will represent the past and future of Oceanside. Both murals are scheduled to be completed by January 2020.


mainStreet oceanside 

Mission Avenue and Ditmar Street across from MainStreet

Ocean Glass Mosaic Mural

Glass mosaic muralist Don Myers is partnering with the MainStreet Oceanside Design Committee to install a glass mosaic mural. Depicting a community of local sea life below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the 12-by-13-foot mural will be created with glass provided by Oceanside Glass & Tile by the end of the first quarter of 2020. Community members and businesses can be part of the mural by sponsoring a marine animal or plant, participating in upcoming mural-creation workshops to assemble the glass or donating directly to Art That Excites. The mural will complete the first phase of the Art that Excites program. 

About Art that Excites

Art that Excites seeks to install 10 curated public art murals in Downtown Oceanside. Art that Excites is a community-driven program that will integrate key partners in the Downtown Oceanside area. Through this program, Oceanside will become a destination for public art, create a model by which Oceanside and other communities can fulfill community-driven arts initiatives, act as a medium for education and community outreach, and help to define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built upon and driven by the arts. 


MainStreet Oceanside is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible. For more information about the OMI or to inquire about stakeholder and corporate sponsorships, please contact Gumaro Escarcega at 760-754-4512 or gumaro@mainstreetoceanside.com.

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 MainStreet Oceanside

Photography by Dave Thomas

and Lu DeLucy

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701 Mission Avenue | Oceanside, CA 92054


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