Murals Project

Color Outside the Lines believes in the power of collaborative public art projects to help to unify, beautify and heal communities. One of our missions as an organization is take art outside of a classroom, and have  youth and marginalized communities, act as primary artists in public mural creations, alongside local artists. 

These projects teach youth about the process of large-scale artistic installations and the value of caring for their neighborhoods. By having the mural be created with a paint-by-number style, the wall is completed by looking like it was carefully created fully by a professional mural artist and is left for the community to admire and enjoy. 

You Belong Here Mural Series with the Black Student Union and BIPOC artists  - 

October 2020 -  This day was held to facilitate a day of art making and conversation about race and belonging with the Sunset Black Student Union and four amazing black artists at Tualatin Hills and Park and Rec

This project brought BIPOC youth and artists together to create meaningful public art through a “talking wall” murals that tell a story. The youth painted black fists that spell “I have a dream” on the park fence, painted rocks for the listening garden, created colorful chalk art, and participated in painting murals alongside four incredible local Portland artists to help them to create art that will be up for the next year. This was a special project for us, as we got to work with the Sunset Black Student Union for several months planning and producing the event, giving the students a chance to learn about how to make an event come to life from start to finish.






Black Lives Matter Open Eye Art Mural -

Never underestimate the power of a small person with a big dream. This  mural collaboration was done with the amazing artists Open Eye Art in downtown Portland, alongside several groups of the youth we serve. This mural was installed to bring color to a part of the city that had been boarded up due to BLM protests and unrest. The art was created to support of the message of Black Lives Matter movement; while bringing a diverse group of youth, community and artists together to beautify the city. Colorful designs with empowering words about hope and compassion were created in the midst of a location which was the center of unrest in Portland due to the murder of George Floyd. To this day (knock on wood), these murals remain free from graffiti, we hope it is due to the message the art conveys.  If you’re in Portland, check it out on the corner of 4th and SW Alder.





Find your words - with Kendrick Lamar and Rather Severe

This Color Outside the Lines mural collaboration was with the grammy award winning rapper and artist Kendrick Lamar, which was part of, a campaign to help youth fight the stigma of depression and anxiety.

This project is meant to help young people deal with breaking the stigma of depression by using their words, and feeling supported through the challenges. Recent studies show that almost twice as many more young people suffer from depression and anxiety as twenty years ago, and it is important we find tools to help these youth navigate their way through challenging times. This mural project was spearheaded by LA based Branded Arts in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, who chose the words for the mural, "I Gave Myself Time". This sage advice for anyone of any age is dealing with hardships in life.

Twenty foster youth with Color Outside Lines, were honored to come and paint this large scale mural in collaboration with the amazing local Portland artists Rather Severe. You can check it out on the corner of Broadway and Wiedler in Portland!


Debuti Art Mural in San Francisco 

This was our first mural project in California, located in the tenderloin district of San Francisco. Several groups of youth, primarily who are in foster care or inner-city outreach programs, were focused and talented contributing artists in creating this detailed mural. They did an amazing job at “coloring inside the lines” this time, with a paint by numbers process. It was an honor for them all to work and learn from the designers and amazingly talented artist duo, originally from Spain, who go by Debuti Art. (

This project took true focus and patience, and taught the youth involved an incredible amount about how large scale art is created, while helping them to feel as though they left a mark on making a tough inner-city neighborhood more colorful and welcoming. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers that helped the youth, although they didn’t need much, and especially to Debuti Art, who were the real brains behind this amazing piece. The artists made the project so easy and fun for the youth to feel as though they were true artistic contributors. If you’re in the Bay, go check it out on the corner of 6th and Mission.


Lloyd Eco District Intersection Mural -

This intersection mural was in partnership with the Lloyd Eco District, which works to keep the Lloyd district in Portland renovated and colorful. Around 25 youth that we serve, got to come play with colors on a beautiful summer day in August to make an otherwise drab corner much more fun and lively. This project was designed by our friends and amazing local artists Rather Severe. 

It can be seen on the corner of Clackamas and NE 2nd in Portland. 


Chown Hardware Mural with David Rice -
In September of 2019, twenty of the amazing foster youth we serve, joined the acclaimed artist David Rice to paint a vibrant mural in the Pearl district, located on the side of Chown Hardware, located at 406 NW 16th.  Chown Hardware had graciously selected us to be the recipients of their 100 year anniversary street party and fundraiser, in which they raised money one selected non-profit, us!
We were thrilled that we got to return the kind gesture by beautifying one of their well traveled buildings with a vibrant mural designed by David Rice alongside a group of our excited young artists.