ART AND ARTISTS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE VALUABLE – OR MORE ENDANGERED – THAN IN 2020
Beginning in October 2020 and through 2021, Oakland Art Murmur, in partnership with Immersive Arts Alliance and local property owners, will activate empty storefronts with art created by Bay Area artists.
In this difficult Winter, as we look toward Spring, we ask you to support these artists and this initiative: to spark light and inspiration in the streets and sidewalks around us! Help OAM and IAA continue this work by making a donation.
100% of the proceeds will go towards production, installation and artist compensation.
A Storefront creates an identity for a location, and tells us what is for sale there. Art creates a transaction where money may not change hands. We expect from art something less fungible, harder to quantify, occupying a special place in the sphere of human invention.
Our first installation, “FLUX”, by Sally Weber, is currently installed in a storefront at 4700 Telegraph Avenue through Mid November 2020. Other artists to include: Richard Nelson, Nemo Gould, Joty Dhaliwal, Chadwick Heath Moore, Dan Webber, Shaghayegh Cyrous.
“We are lucky to have so many artists that reveal Oakland's creative and resilient spirit. In these unprecedented times, we must consider how we support meaningful and safe interactions in public spaces. The Storefronts Initiative engages local artists with our commercial districts to create socially responsible and provocative encounters within our city,” said Roberto Bedoya, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Manager.
"Great program! We are excited to see Oakland's storefronts serve as canvases for artistic expression.The Storefronts Initiative will bring beauty and illumination to Oakland, at a time when the arts matter more than ever.” said Kelley Kahn, Policy Director, Office of the Mayor, City of Oakland.
Help OAM and IAA continue this work by making a donation to the program. 100% of the proceeds will go towards production, installation and artist compensation.
$250 - $499 - Your name mention on Oakland Art Murmur and Immersive Arts Alliance websites.
$500 - $999 - Your name mention on the activated storefront signage plus Oakland Art Murmur and Immersive Arts Alliance websites.
$1000 or more = Private, virtual tour of artist Sally Weber’s Oakland studio plus your name mention on the activated storefront signage plus Oakland Art Murmur and Immersive Arts Alliance websites.