Here are some of the nice things that people are saying about Oakland Art Murmur’s Visual Arts Communities:
Stop, Look and Connect – Oakland Storefronts Initiative is an arts lifeline
“This is a unique and very accessible way for people to engage with both fine art and the neighborhood,” Durant said.
MURALS OF THE MOVEMENT
“It’s not a moment, it’s a movement”. Randolph Belle of the Black Cultural Zone and RBA Creative speaks to ABC News about Oakland’s protest art preservation efforts.
6 Black Oakland Artists to Know and Collect Now
“In times of strife, it’s the power of voices—in protest and in song—and visual creation that band us together and empower us to grow. Throughout history’s many political movements, artists have played an integral role in capturing the moment, inspiring emotions, and shifting the narrative to achieve progress in ways that traditional political methods rarely do.”
What is the fate of Black Lives Matter protest murals?
“Alongside other Black-led organizations and Black artists, BCZ is working with Oakland Endeavors, Oakland Art Murmur, and the Oakland Museum to de-install panels and store them in facilities throughout the city. And while many museums throughout the country are making efforts to highlightAfrican-American history, the Oakland Museum and other ally organizations are taking their orders from BCZ when it comes to the influx of plywood murals and other street art in the city.”
Open-air art museum: will Oakland’s protest murals have a life beyond the street?
“It’s not just taking down murals and moving them to the Oakland Museum. It’s preserving them and creating a plan that continues the momentum, dialogue and learning,” says Jean Durant, the board president of Oakland Art Murmur, a collective of visual artists and galleries.
What Will Become of Oakland?s Black Lives Matter Murals?
The Black Cultural Zone, Betti Ono Gallery, and other Black-led arts organizations, with support from ally organizations like the Oakland Museum and Oakland Art Murmur, are now attempting to bring some order to the preservation of murals that emerged spontaneously and without centralized coordination.
Oakland’s Art Community Works To Preserve Protest Murals
The challenge is preserving the energy and inspiration of the grassroots installation.
Breathtaking murals for justice proliferate on the streets of downtown Oakland
Art has long been used as a form of protest, and nowhere is this truer today, perhaps, than in downtown Oakland, where breathtaking murals cover nearly every storefront on Broadway.
From civil unrest to outdoor gallery: How local artists are transforming Oakland
Over the past two weeks, a battered downtown Oakland has been transformed by street art depicting messages of unity and resistance.
Press Release: Oakland Art Murmur Launches Oakland Originals? Artist Profiles Series
Oakland Art Murmur is launching a support and celebration of the many artists, curators and gallerists not only surviving, but thriving today.
The Bold Italic: August 2019
“Carving Out Spaces for Artists of Color”, featuring curators Ashara Ekundayo and Maria Garcia Pacheco.
National Geographic Best Trips 2019
National Geographic called Oakland an “East Bay star” in the annual Best Trips segment outlining the “world?s most exciting destinations for the year ahead”.
Visit Oakland: May 2019
7 Women Led Art Galleries Preserving Community and Culture in Oakland, CA
Alaska Airlines Beyond Magazine: December 2018
Alaska Airlines features the arts in Oakland in their inflight magazine
Essence Magazine: June 2018
Essence Magazine highlights Betti Ono Gallery in it’s “5 Reasons Oakland, California Makes The Perfect Summer Vacation Spot”.
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Oakland Magazine Readers Choice Award 2018
Named Best Cultural Event by the residents of Oakland.
ABC News 2017
ABC News lists Oakland Art Murmur as ?What to see? in Oakland in “What to see and what to skip in Oakland”. Oakland is giving its famous neighbor across San Francisco Bay competition.
SF Gate 2017
SF Gate lists Oakland Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll as part of the “taster plate” of activities that “reflect the city?s diversity and spurred by a wealth of local talent, creativity and innovation abound.”
Number 15 on the list of 21 Super Cool US Cities.
Lonely Planet 2014
The Reinvention of Oakland