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1000 Murals, OC Register & The Daily Pilot

Operation Clean Slate celebrates 1000 Murals in 2015! We are proud to reach a huge milestone for our non-profit and continue to make a difference with our murals at schools in Southern California and, as you can see from our map, around the world.

Do you see your mural on the map? Explore the locations where Operation Clean Slate painted 1000 murals in the map on the right-hand side of our website. Want to see your mural on the map? Contact us.

Operation Clean Slate is proudly featured in-print in the Orange County Register and Daily Pilot who profiled OCS and documented our 1000th Mural at Rae Elementary in Costa Mesa, California.

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OCS Acknowledged As “Good Neighbor” by State Farm

READ THE ARTICLE:  Operation Clean Slate was acknowledged as a State Farm “Good Neighbor” For Our Murals with a Message.

Our Latest Traffic Safety Project – In Santa Ana

Featured in the recent issue of Unidos, our team completed a “Don’t Text and Drive” mural at Valley High School in Santa Ana.

Click here for the story   “SANTA ANA:  Joven gana concurso de arte y su dibujo se convierte en mural

PBS Socal Community Champion

We are proud to announce that Operation Clean Slate is recognized as a Community Champion by PBS Socal. Please enjoy the video from PBS of our 900th mural.

From PBS:
PBS SoCaL joined Operation Clean Slate at San Pedro High School as they celebrated the creation of their 900th mural. The program began as a way to cover graffiti and beautify Southern California. It has since evolved into an educational tool which not only provides empowering messages, but also serves as an interactive way to bring local communities together.

Don’t Text & Drive, Team Building

Check out our latest Don’t Text & Drive and Team Building Murals in View Our Murals!


The Daily Pilot

We have the honor of a front page article in today’s Daily Pilot. Operation Clean Slate and it’s staff would like to thank Britney Barnes for the wonderful write-up.

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Teaching Through Art

Costa Mesa man who runs a nonprofit has painted nearly 800 murals on school campuses over the last 18 years.

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Water Conservation at College Park

The Daily Pilot was kind enough to feature us in an article about our latest Water Conservation mural at College Park Elementary in Costa Mesa. Tell us how you conserve water by posting on our official Facebook page

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View photos here

Kids paint reminder to conserve
A new mural at College Park Elementary delivers two messages to encourage saving water


Big thanks to Britney Barnes for the write-up.

Twitter: @britneyjbarnes

Operation Clean Slate Receives OC Arts Initiative Grant

From the Arts Orange County Newsletter:
OC Arts Initiative Grants have been awarded to 13 organizations by the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF).  This year’s grants were designated for professional development activities upon the recommendation of Arts Orange County, which advises OCCF on the grants program and other arts-related matters.  “At the present time, few organizations have the resources to send staff and board members to conferences and workshops where they can gain new skills and return with new ideas and inspiration.  Yet there could hardly be a time when it is needed more,” said ArtsOC Executive Director Richard Stein at the grants reception held at its Santa Ana offices on January 23.  The grant checks were presented by OCCF Vice President of Donor Relations & Programs Todd Hanson, who reminded the attendees of OCCF’s long partnership with Arts Orange County. 

Organizations receiving the grants:  Chance Theater, City of Laguna Beach, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Festival Ballet Theatre, Huntington Beach Art Center, Laguna Outreach Community Arts, Laguna Beach Live!, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Operation Clean Slate, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange County Women’s Chorus, Tri-School Theatre, VSA Orange County. 

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Adams Elementary Mural Dedication

A successful mural dedication at Adams Elementary in Costa Mesa, CA

Every Drop Counts

The Pacific Life Foundation and Mesa Water partnered up with Operation Clean Slate to produce our 2nd Water Conservation Mural. Over 35 students participated in creating this colorful reminder that EVERY DROP COUNTS!