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Kala Art Institute 2017-2018 Fellowship Award- Call for Entry

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

For over 30 years, Kala Art Institute has annual awarded artists time, space, and financial support for their work through the Kala Fellowship award. The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge.

In 2017, Kala will award eight artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media.

Each Fellowship Award Includes:
Cash Award: $3,000
Studio Residency: Up to six months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces. An individual studio space may be also available depending on proposed projects and schedules.
Kala Class: One class or tutorial session that will provide training in a chosen area of printmaking and/or digital media
Exhibition: Each artist selected is included in our annual group exhibition of Fellowship artists. Public programs for artists are also possible and determined on an individual basis with each artist.
Community: Access to a community and network of approximately 75 artists working at Kala, participation in Kala events, and support of Kala staff.

Program Period
The 2017-2018 Fellowship residency period is October 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. Artists must be able to schedule a 1 to 6 month residency during that time. The group exhibition is currently scheduled for July through September 2018.

City Public Art Master Plan Released

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Emeryville’s vision to be a city that values art comes from a
long legacy of public art champions and a commitment of
investment in the arts at a citywide level for over twenty-five
years.
Today the City’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) has
nearly 70 publicly-owned art works and 230 art installations
available to the public in private locations. Both
collections are growing as the City continues to commission
additional work, and as private development extends the reach
of the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program. The Public Art Master Plan for this program now launched
Browse the Final Plan here.
Click to print or read the Executive Summary or Implementation Strategy
Print or browse the Proposed Projects Map

Arts of Point Richmond presents, "Cacophony" juried art exhibit

Friday, March 10th, 2017

ARTS OF POINT RICHMOND announces
"CACOPHONY", Juried Art Exhibition
March 1st -April 28, 2017

Anne Austin, judge
San Pablo Art Gallery Curator

You are invited to our opening reception:

Friday, March 10, 4-6 pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Pt. Richmond

EXHIBITING MEMBER ARTISTS:

Bob Colin
Rita Gardner
Julia Gilden
Sharon Goods
Mark Grim
Betsy Kellas
Virginia Rigney
Sharon Taylor-Ward
Louise Williams


Write the Book That's Inside You

Saturday, March 25th, 2017


As an artist in one medium or another, you may not necessarily think of yourself as a writer. But there are parallels in the creative process--and writing a book (perhaps with your own illustrations!)--can be as fulfilling as creating art, and reach a wide audience as well.

If you feel you have a book in you (and 85% of people in the U.S. believe they do), then what do you have to lose by giving writing one a try? “Easy,” you might answer; “fear, self-doubt, a sense of ‘who are you to do that?’ Even just how many books already exist on the library shelves!” These are universal inner objections that arise when we seek to give voice to what is in our hearts and implicit in our beings. And while it can indeed take some courage to start writing a book, the connection with your deeper nature, the vein of gold waiting for you beneath the “mud” of confusion and discouragement, the real possibility of true inspiration—and the gratitude of future readers who may be greatly helped by your book—all conspire to urge you to bring forth the book of your heart. In this presentation, Book Developer Naomi Rose will introduce you to an organic way to bring forth the book of your heart so that if you feel a call to write one, you will have a head start.

LOCATION: THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT THE LAKEVIEW LIBRARY (550 El Embarcadero, OAKLAND 94610)

PRESENTER: NAOMI ROSE is a Book Developer, author, and the creator of “Writing from the Deeper Self.” Her books include Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You, and MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money. She lives and works in Oakland. Her website is www.writingfromthedeeperself.com

Call for Artists by Arts of Point Richmond

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

CALL FOR ENTRIES!

“Cacophony”, AOPR Member and Non-Member Juried Show
Exhibition dates: March 1st – April 28, 2017
Location: Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Pt. Richmond Ca
Eligibility: Open Call for Entries
Entry deadline: February 8, 2017
Artwork delivery date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5pm to 6pm
Reception for artists and guests: Saturday, March, 10, 2017 4:30pm-6:30pm

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Arts of Point Richmond (AOPR) is delighted to collaborate with Kaleidoscope Coffee for our third exhibition there. We invite members and non-members to participate in this first juried exhibit. Anne Austin, curator of The San Pablo Art Gallery will jury this exhibit. There will be a $10.00 fee for members and a $35.00 fee for non-members which will entitle them to membership benefits for one year. Make checks payable to AOPR and mail to; AOPR, P.O.Box 70471, Richmond, Ca. 94807.

REQUIREMENTS:
Media: 2-dimensional works on paper, canvas or panel and reasonably flat, 3-dimensional work that can be hung. Artwork not previously exhibited at Kaleidoscope.
All artwork must be gallery ready. That includes framed pieces, preferably, with wire cable, saw tooth brackets, (upside down for best use with our hooks.) or D-rings. Paintings may be submitted unframed on canvas stretcher frames but must be “wrapped”. (edges must be painted). Please check with Bob Colin in advance with any questions. (510 219 0450). In the interest of AOPR, the exhibit committee must and will reject pieces not gallery ready.

Total submissions; 3 (artist’s response may affect number of submissions accepted)
Size limitations: No limitations but artists may want to consider smaller pieces due to venue space.

SUBMISSION PROTOCOL:
February 8: Deadline for entry. Send psd, tiff, or jpeg digital files, or a website link with a shared folder from which files can be downloaded. File size should be at least 2MB but contact Bob with any questions or for assistance - bobcolin@sbcglobal.net.

Luna Dance Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Dance Education

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Luna Dance Institute is hosting a series of events to celebrate 25 years of bringing high-quality dance experiences to children and educators throughout the United States. Founders Patricia Reedy and Nancy Ng are thrilled to be continuing Luna’s mission of bringing dance and creativity to underserved families and communities, dance educators, and choreographers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Luna Dance is holding a series of celebrations and fundraisers during the first months of 2017:
January 17, 10am - 12 noon: Luna will hold a family dance birthday party at their Addison Street studio. Free.
March 8: Students throughout the Oakland Unified School District will perform a flashmob choreographed in collaboration with Luna teachers and share videos of these dances on social media.
March 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm: Luna will hold a Silver Jubilee Gala dinner, followed by a dance party, 8-11pm.
April 29: Join Luna for its Dance-A-Rama pledge drive, a half-day of non-stop dance classes taught by special guests to raise funds for scholarships for its Studio Lab students.

Founders Patricia Reedy and Nancy Ng, who met at Mills College’s Master of Fine Arts program in Dance, have been drawing from their backgrounds in social work, education, social outreach, arts advocacy, and dance to bring creative dance to children and families who might not otherwise get a chance. The upcoming celebrations will help Luna continue their mission of being a leader in dance education and connecting children and adults alike with their own creativity.

In addition to these special anniversary events, the non-profit organization also runs regular workshops, seminars, and other educational programs for children, families, artists and educators out of its Aquatic Park location at 605 Addison Street in West Berkeley.

For more information, visit lunadanceinstitute.org or contact Cherie Hill, chill@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118


Luna Dance Director Honored w/ Milestone Award

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Berkeley, Ca— On November 4, Nancy Ng, Luna’s Director of Community Engagement was one of seven community arts education leaders honored with the National Guild’s Milestone Certificate of Appreciation for her long-standing, exceptional service to the field at the Guild’s Arts Education Conference in Chicago, IL. The Milestone program recognizes national leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing community arts education for more than 20 years and comes at a pivotal moment for Luna Dance Institute as the organization celebrates 25 years in March.

National Guild Executive Director, Jonathan Herman reported, “This year’s awardees are an incredibly dedicated and influential group. They are leaders who have all had a tremendous impact on their diverse communities, providing arts programs in music, dance, visual and media arts, and myth, which educate and inspire their students. The National Guild is proud to count them and their vital organizations among our members.”

Ng is on the professional learning faculty at Luna where she facilitates professional development workshops and mentors and coaches teaching artists, teachers, and social service workers committed to dance education as a way to strengthen communities. She is a co-founder of MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together), Luna’s nationally recognized program for families in the child welfare system. Prior to joining Luna, Ng was the administrative director and a resident choreographer with San Francisco’s Asian American Dance Performances (AADP). As an arts practitioner and leader, Ng’s service includes past president of CDEA, regional lead for Teaching Artist Support Collaborative California, board member for the California Alliance for Arts Education, Members Council participant for the National Guild of Community Arts Education, and editorial review board member for National Dance Education Organization’s journal, Dance Education in Practice.

Enroll Now for Luna Dance Classes!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Don't miss out on creative dance. Luna Dance Institute is now enrolling for 2017 classes, ages 0-13. Sign-up today!

Kids create, perform, respond, and construct definitions of themselves, others, and the world through dance. “Luna has helped [my child] develop mindfulness of her body and a fluid sense of creativity,” Parent 2016.

After 25 years, we understand that our children are at the center of their education. Creative dance supports confidence and self-determination.

Join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary with a Open House Birthday Party, Saturday January 7th from 10-12pm. Located at 605 Addison St. in West Berkeley‘s Aquatic Park.

For more info, e-mail our Studio Lab Coordinator at abonilla@lunadanceinstitute.org, visit our website: lunadanceinstitute.org/studiolab/ or call us: 510.883.1118.


Arts of Point Richmond's Annual Holiday Faire, Dec. 3rd

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Arts of Point Richmond’s annual Holiday Faire will be held Saturday, Dec 3th in the community center. Local artists & writers will be exhibiting and selling their wares. Artists will be selling original paintings, jewelry, fabric art, photography, monotype prints, fish prints (gyotaku printing), digital art, and ceramics & pottery. Eight local writers will be on hand exhibiting & selling their books.

We invite you to drop by to hear music and enjoy delicious homemade cookies and cider. Bring your children, there will be activities in the library for them.

Sat, Dec 3th, 11am – 4:30 pm, Pt Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Ave, Pt. Richmond

Public Art - Call for Artists (Alameda County Arts Commission)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Artist Registry
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (10:59pm Pacific Time)

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites artists to apply for potential inclusion in an Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities. The opportunities may include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of project budgets and be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. Many of the opportunities will be for artists to make a new series of smaller artworks in the studio; therefore, artists who make two-dimensional, low-relief, or wall sculptural artwork are encouraged to apply. Open to artists from 14 counties*.

Upcoming public art project sites include: Community Identifier Murals (Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland/Cherryland), East County Hall of Justice (Dublin), Information Technology Department Headquarters (Oakland), Camp Sweeney Replacement Project (San Leandro), and other sites to be determined.

Public art opportunities for a wide range of artists such as:
• Artists interested in collaborating with diverse communities and youth
• Artists making large-scale, hand-painted murals
• Artists who are interested in having their design concepts implemented in durable materials
• Artists interested in creating artwork for modern civic office buildings
• Established artists who have completed major public art commissions
• Emerging artists creating small to mid-sized framed artworks such as: drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, quilts and mixed-media artworks

*Artists from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.

APPLICATION INFORMATION
View the complete Call for Artists for details and additional eligibility requirements: http://tinyurl.com/zm57rbh or call (510) 208-9646 to receive the information by mail or email.

Call for Performers, Works in the Works

Friday, September 30th, 2016

CALL FOR PERFORMERS!!!
Created in 1979, Works in the Works is the longest running low-tech, open performance series in the San Francisco Bay Area. Traditionally an opportunity for Bay Area choreographers and performing artists to show their works in various stages of development, WIW attracts performers from throughout California. Following each evening's performance, the audience is invited to participate in a moderated discussion with the performers and creators, facilitated by an esteemed Bay Area dance professional and host.

Performances will be November 5-13, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm
Studio 8 Berkeley (2525 Eighth Street at Dwight Way)


TO APPLY ONLINE:
Step 1. Fill out this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/XxFODfA5QLkZrbO52
Step 2. Pay your Registration Fee: https://squareup.com/store/fcdc


TO APPLY BY MAIL:
Step 1. Print an application form (available at worksintheworks.org)
Step 2. Mail completed form and check to:
Works in the Works, c/o Western Sky Studio
Attn: Claire Calalo, Project Director
2525 Eighth St. #13A
Berkeley, CA 94710

Questions? Contact Project Director Claire Calalo at eighthstreetwiw@gmail.com

Accepting Vendor Applications for Holiday Arts Festival

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Become a Holiday Arts Festival Vendor!
Richmond Art Center’s 54th Annual Holiday Arts Festival
Sunday, December 4, 2016
11am to 5pm
Art/Craft Booth Exhibitor Information & Application

IMPORTANT DATES

September 22: Application Deadline via website form/online application: http://richmondartcenter.org/become-holiday-arts-festival-vendor/

October 1: Notification to Vendors/Contracts Out
November 1: Contract & Fees Due to RAC

Call for Entries 4th Annual Juried Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

Monday, November 7th, 2016

JURIED ART SHOW -- CALL FOR ENTRIES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MONDAY, November 7, 2016
REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3523

The 4th Annual Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by guest jurors Carin Adams, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator, Art and Material Culture and Sarah Roberts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture. Thanks to the courtesy of the John P. Thornborrow Memorial Endowment Fund, total cash awards of $4,000 allocated to juror-designated award winners will be presented during the opening reception on Friday, January 6, 2017.
ELIGIBILITY: Must reside/work within the nine countries of the Greater Bay Area Artists including: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.
SUBMISSIONS: $40 Entry Fee. Link to online entry, more detailed information and submission guidelines: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3523
EXHIBITION DATES: January 7 – January 29, 2017; Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6-8 pm
The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to coalescing the arts communities of Piedmont and around the Bay Area.
The Piedmont Center for the Arts is honored to have two distinguished jurors:
1) Carin Adams is the Associate Curator of Art and Material Culture at the Oakland Museum of California. Her recent projects include Yo-Yos and Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, an exhibition of Bay Area quilts from the Oakland-based Eli Leon Collection. In 2014, she led the major exhibition SuperAw

Luna Dance Institute Library Hours

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Professional Library Hours & Free Consultations

Offering more than 500 books, articles, videos & electronic media.
Library will be closed Tuesday 6/21 until September, 2016. PL users by appointment.

Free 20-30 min consultations offered on 6/28, 3:30-6:30pm. RSVP to jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.

NOW OPEN, the East Bay's Only Independent Art Supply Store!

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

FLAX art & design is now open in Oakland! The long-time San Francisco company moved its headquarters and flagship store last month, setting up downtown on MLK at 15th. Just blocks off the freeway with free parking and a 5-minute walk from BART, the new location is drenched with light from a dozen skylights and contains all the creative supplies one can imagine.

Open seven days a week.

Enliven Dance in Early Childhood Practitioner Exchange

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Practitioner Exchange: Enliven Dance in Early Childhood
Tuesday, 5/10, 4:30-6pm, $15-40 sliding scale, Free to PL Users

These topic specific peer shares are a great way for educators to gather and explore issues of practice. Get inspired as you share experiences & dialogue about ways to enrich dance for early childhood education. $15-40 sliding scale (free for PL users).

Woodminster Summer Musicals Announces 50th Season in 2016

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Producers Associates announces that 2016 is the 50th Anniversary Season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals. The organization produced its first show in 1967, and has performed every summer since in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. The three musicals scheduled for 2016 are Shrek The Musical, Chicago, and La Cage aux Folles.

Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders. The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors. The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6. In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

Producers Associates is the anchor tenant for Woodminster Amphitheater, an historic city-owned venue in Joaquin Miller Park. With a dedicated board of directors, the organization has maintained and improved the facility, which attracts audience from all over the Bay Area and beyond, contributing to the economic health of the neighborhood. The Woodminster Summer Musicals are produced in cooperation with the City of Oakland's Parks and Recreation Department, and the City derives over $45,000 per year in facility fees plus considerable revenues from parking fees.

For more than 25 years, Producers Associates has offered a Kids Come Free program, where children and teens up to 16 years old can attend for free with paying adults, and has given away more than 43,000 tickets to young theater-goers.

FY2016-2017 City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program Grants

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

FY2016-17 Applications available for Oakland Cultural Funding Program


Applications are now available for the FY 2016-17 City of Oakland Cultural Funding.
Program


Application Deadline: May 16, 2016, 5:00 pm.

The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program supports Oakland-based arts and cultural activities that reflect the cultural diversity of Oakland. Awards range from $4,999-$20,000 for activities that will occur between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. All applicants must be Oakland-based, and all proposed activities must take place in Oakland. There are three categories for this application period: Individual Artist Project, Art-in-the-Schools, and Organization Project.

Free applicant workshops will be offered throughout April and early May, posted on the Program website. All grant seekers are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop before applying! Advance registration is required. Please RSVP to EArtry-Diouf@oaklandnet.com.

For more information visit: www.oaklandculturalarts.org.

WANTED Artist Instructors with Personality

Thursday, January 1st, 1970

Pinot's Palette, a leader in the paint-and-sip industry, is excited to need some fun charismatic art instructors as we continue to grow! Customers will follow your instruction while they paint on their own stretched canvases with acrylic paint. (Think painting party vs. serious art class.) The ideal person for this job will have an outgoing personality, strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, positive attitude and the ability to work quickly and energetically with our team of artists.The deciding factor to this position is your outgoing personality and how well you can engage a group of painters from the stage, while leading (not teaching) them through the featured painting.

Go to link for additional info and to apply.

Luna Dance Hosts 20 Local Choreographers: Free Studio Event

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Berkeley, Ca- How do choreographers make up dances? From where do they get their ideas and inspiration, and how do they translate them into movement? Luna Dance Institute asks these very questions, and on Thursday, April 21st we pull back the curtain to host our fourth annual 20 Points of View: a peek into dance-making. A day-long, free, open-studio event, 20 Points of View features 20 local choreographers, each with 30 minutes to perform, rehearse, improvise or make a dance in Luna’s studio. Dance lovers, individuals curious about the creative process, school groups, families and community members are invited to drop in all day, at any time to see artists in action.

Luna Dance Institute’s studio is alive with creative activity every day of the week. Most days you can find young dancers bursting, melting, twirling and bounding as they take risks to discover their unique artistic voices. Other days you might see choreographers improvising and rehearsing new dynamic dance works. Luna is the creative space where choreography is cultivated, and where the gap between families and artist is bridged. 20 Points of View is one of few events to demystify and provide community access to the
choreographic process. Guests arriving throughout the day will be treated to seeing diverse dancemakers engaged in artistic inquiry and investigation. 20 Points of View celebrates the intersection between artists and audience, and we encourage all ages to watch, ask questions, interact and respond,increasing the potential for lively and expressive artistic exchange.

Read the full press release here: http://lunadanceinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/20-Points-of-View-press-release-2016.pdf


Request for Qualifications: Design of Art Treatment for Architectural Glass Elements at Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The City of Berkeley, in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to California-based artists interested in designing artwork for long-term but potentially non-permanent placement on selected architectural features in the Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.

One artist or artist team will be commissioned to create distinct, original artwork to be reproduced as an art film (aka patterned film or adhesive vinyl) that will be adhered to four selected architectural glass structures in the Plaza. The artwork imagery must meet certain design criteria, such as allowing for visibility through the glass, thus the project may be ideal for artists who do monochromatic line work.

The artist or artist team selected to create original artwork based on their conceptual design proposal will receive a fee of $25,000.

For more information view the RFQ at http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/City_Manager/Civic_Arts/BART_Glass_Art.aspx.

On-line submission. Application deadline: April 22, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Call for Arts Proposals: Emeryville National Night Out

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The City of Emeryville is hosting its 33rd annual National Night Out event this August 2, 2016 from 6-8pm. It’s a night to celebrate community and build relationships between neighbors. This year, we’re inviting emerging and established artists to come to Doyle Hollis Park in Emeryville and share works that inspire people to interact, participate, and collaborate with each other around the theme of sustainable communities!

Emeryville welcomes works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces,–anything you can dream of. We invite any project related to the theme of sustainable communities that inspires visitors to participate and interact with art. Dream big and come share with your friends and the public at Doyle Hollis Park!

Mark your calendars!

February 1 – April 1: Call for Art Open
April 22: Artists chosen for event notified
July 8-10: Meet & Greet and Site Walk for Artists and Volunteers
August 2: Emeryville National Night Out 2016 from 6-8pm at Doyle Hollis Park!

Submission Guidelines

Please read our FAQ at http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/1067/National-Night-Out-Artist-Call-Out. Then send a 200-500 word statement of interest to emeryvillepublicart@gmail.com describing your project and how it relates to sustainable communities. You can include up to 5 photos or videos. Please indicate how much space you need for your project and any other logistical concerns. If you have any questions, email emeryvillepublicart@gmail.com.

EmeryvilePublic Art Master Plan Survey

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Please take the short 16 question survey for the Emeryville Public Art Master Plan - help prioritize the reach, depth and impact of Emeryville's Art in Public Places Program.

Please click or copy here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PC2PSKN

Survey closes May 1

Anna Deavere Smith Live in Berkeley: Benefits Aging Services in Response to Recent Alameda County Survey of Older Adults

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Below is the link to our recent press release. This story goes beyond our upcoming event featuring the acclaimed Anna Deavere Smith and touches on alarming results from a recent county study on older adults in Alameda County and our initiative to fund new important programs.

I hope you will consider posting on the news page here at 510 Arts.

Thank you,
Jessica

http://daybreakcenters.org/1919-2/

Warner Williams - "Post Contemporary Painting"

Saturday, February 27th, 2016


The show at Omiiroo Gallery, at 329 15th st., Oakland, California (Opening Saturday, February 13, 2016), is the first one-man show of oil paintings at a commercial art gallery in the Bay Area by Warner Williams.

"I believe Contemporary Art is the new academy. It's 50 years old, and it is time to move on. It's based on a cynical and nihilistic ideology, and it has turned Art into a branch of Wall Street. I chose a 35,000 year-old tradition of painting as an alternative. I believe in sacred geometry, significant form, and the spirit resonance of color because I have seen them. Space, light and color reactions are used as a kind of retinal research in my work. By using multiple vanishing points I can see over many horizons. I seek the level of poetry and music in a tightly structured whole. I want to redo Rothko from nature." Warner Williams

Luna Dance Institute Aims to Raise $20,000 for the 20,000 Children Served Annually

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Nationally-acclaimed Bay Area dance organization, Luna Dance Institute anticipates its 24th year with a Dance-A-Thon fundraiser. Participants and their families will enjoy a full day of classes for all ages in Zumba®, African dance, improvisation and line dancing and a dance party with DJ US.

Berkeley, CA - Luna Dance Institute (LDI) is excited to announce this year’s DANCE-A-THON fundraiser at our Aquatic Park studio, Saturday March 5th from 1-6PM. Our event features family-friendly classes by guest teachers in improvisation, Zumba, African dance, and line dancing as well as opportunities to win big prizes, enjoy refreshments, and jam to live music by DJ US.

Come dance the day away on Luna’s beautiful bamboo dance floor and enjoy classes from multiple genres. Vanina Doce-Mood will teach an all-ages Zumba® dance fitness party, Guinean dance teacher, Naby Bangoura will lead African dance for all levels including live drumming, plus improvisation and line dance taught by Luna faculty and board. Towards the end of the afternoon dancers can freestyle to live music spun by DJ US. Refreshments and snacks are provided throughout the day.

Attendance will help Luna meet their goal of raising $20,000, $1 for each of the 20,000 children served annually through community-based programs in schools, agencies and after-school studio classes. Individuals and families can attend by gathering sponsorships, and for every $40 raised, a member of the team receives entry. A prize will be given to the team who raises the most money through sponsorships and for the highest number of sponsors. All participants/families who collect sponsors of $120 or more will receive 3 entry tickets, a Dance-A-Thon t-shirt, and a ticket entered into our birthday drawing. Prizes include a Kindle Fire HD 8, Jambox speakers, tickets for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, VIP Tara Firma Farm Tour and more.

For sponsor forms email kmcginity@lunadanceinstitute.org or call (510) 883-1118.

HOT OFF THE PRESS Teachers Guide to Creative Dance Now Available

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Berkeley, CA: The long awaited second edition of Body, Mind & Spirit in Action: a teacher’s guide to creative dance is now available. In its first edition, this popular resource, written by Patricia Reedy, was used by more than 2,000 educators. The new edition includes expanded sections on child development theory, the National Core Arts Standards and strategies to think critically about creativity and the role dance plays in education.

Body, Mind & Spirit in Action was originally written in 2003 to accompany Luna Dance Institute’s professional development foundations series. Valued by teachers and artists, the first edition quickly sold out. Susan Whipp, Professor Emerita of Dance at San Francisco State University, writes:

“Patricia Reedy’s book is a powerful toolbox to develop skills for creative dance instruction. The reader will find articulated theory and creative process strategies for the youngest child through teenage years. Body, Mind & Spirit in Action not only matched our university’s dance major curricula, but helped guide the prospective dance teacher through inspired sample lessons matched with the national dance standards.”

Both editions of Body, Mind & Spirit in Action are written in an accessible format that includes reflective exercises for the dance teaching artist or classroom teacher, a process for planning lessons and units, sample curriculum for students of every age, and more. The popular tear-out pages of dance vocabulary words in the back allow teachers to create their own deck of dance cards to use in teaching.

Luna Dance Institute will host a book signing reception from 5:30-7:30pm on January 30, 2016 at ourBerkeley Aquatic Park studio. To RSVP or order a copy of the book contact Nia at nwomackfreeman@lunadanceinstitute.org.

Luna Dance Institute is a comprehensive dance education organization dedicated to increasing access to creative expression, strengthening families and improving teaching practice.

Funds Available for Artists/Arts Orgs

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The East Bay Community Foundation is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through the East Bay Fund for Artists! Please share this opportunity with your networks.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

$2,000-$8,000 challenge grants to match individual donor contributions on a 1-to-1 basis for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists.


HOW TO APPLY WEBINAR:
Applying for a Grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists

Thursday , January 14, 2016
10:00-11:00 a.m. PST
Pre-Register by clicking here

We will address common questions, talk about what the panel will be looking for and have time for your live questions. An archive will be available a few days after the webinar

BART Station Art Projects

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has extended the deadline for applications for the 19th Street, Powell Street, and El Cerrito del Norte station art projects to Monday, November 30, 2015. Applications are available at CAFE: www.callforentry.org. Applications are limited to artists residing in California. Bay Area Artists working in 2D are encouraged to apply.

Luna Dance Receives Major Funding to Support MPACT

Friday, October 16th, 2015

MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together), Luna Dance Institute's (LDI) model program, which bring relationship-based dance classes to families in the child welfare system will increase services in community settings through a two-year grant from First Five Alameda County. Luna's MPACT pilot, launched in 2001 with First Five support, has grown from a program offering dance classes at two Oakland locations to a comprehensive early childhood dance education program that encompasses embodied parent education classes, professional development services through workshops and internships throughout California, and a Family Dance Institute.

In 2015-17 LDI's MPACT program will partner with these Oakland agencies: the Boys and Girls Club; East Bay Community Recovery Services' Project Pride; Magnolia Women's Recovery Programs; Allen Temple Health and Social Services; and West Oakland, Cesar Chavez and 81st Ave. public libraries. Family dance classes and embodied parent education classes will be offered free of cost to children and their parents at these locations.

MPACT was one of 50 programs nationwide to receive recognition through the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Award, which honors high quality arts programs outside of the school day. In 2014, LDI's research on MPACT, Engaging Families in Dance: An Investigation of Moving Parents and Children Together, funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, was published in the International Journal for Education and the Arts. As MPACT evolves, LDI is committed to meeting the human need of connectivity, play, creativity and art-making through family relationships.

Contact Cherie Hill at chill@lunadancienstitute.org, 510-883-1118 for press inquiries.

ZOFO Performs at Berkeley City Club on November 17

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015


ZOFO, a musical partnership featuring Japanse pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann, returns to the Berkeley City Club at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, following an electrifying performance at the club in 2012. These two internationally acclaimed virtuosos will treat the audience to sparkling gems of the piano-four-hands repertoire.

The event is part of the 2015-2016 season of intimate chamber concerts sponsored by Berkeley Chamber Performances. Audience members are invited to attend a complimentary wine and cheese reception following the concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians.

".jaw dropping awesome!" the SF Examiner exclaimed about ZOFO, a Grammy nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist ensemble formed in 2009. Following a Carnegie Hall concert debut in May 2010, San Francisco-based ZOFO has perfomed nationally and internationally and is widely applauded for its 20th and 21st centruy repretoire and for commissioning new works, including a piece by Gabriela Lena Frank in the November 17 concert.

The program opens with Terry Riley's G-Song, a 1973 work with jazz chord progression, arranged for ZOFO in 2014, followed by a world premiere, Ryan Brown's 2015 composition, I Heard Bells From My Rotating House. Next on the program is Souvenirs, Samuel Barber's 1951 collection of six dances later orchestrated for a ballet.

After intermission, the will perform The Milky Way, written in 1990 by Estonia composer Urmas Sisask, known for his references to astronomy, the sky, and planets, in his music. The program concludes with the Gabriela Lena Frank's 2012 ZOFO commissioned work, Sonata Serrana No. 1.

Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann maintains an extensive career both in the U.S. and Europe. A soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and winner of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she has performed in numerous international music festivals, including the prestigious "Oth

$2-8K Funding Available for New Works - EBFA

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The East Bay Fund for Artists at the East bay Community Foundation will be distributing grants of $2,000-$8,000 to match donor contributions on a 1-to-1 basis for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists.

*Goals:
-Support for the creation of new works by local artists and for East Bay organizations
-Support for composers, playwrights, choreographers, visual and media artists in the Bay Area
-Engagement of donors
-Support for diversity of artistic practices and organizations
-Provide opportunities for communities of color to experience art that represents their culture and history

EBFA Review process:

-The deadline for the next round of grants is Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

A panel will review proposals and staff will contact applicants as needed. We will inform applicants of the panel’s decision by the end of March 2016. You will have 90 days (For Organizations) or 120 days (For Artists) to secure your funding. Premieres or work in progress should take place within one year of making the match. If you have any questions, please contact EBFA via email at ebfa@eastbaycf.org.

Funds for the EBFA have been generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation and our generous individual donors.

Call for Entries | 2015 Artists Annual Exhibition

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

December 5, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 6 pm - 8 pm

Berkeley Art Center’s Artists Annual includes work in all media submitted by its members. This salon style exhibition is a celebration of the deep and broad art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. Members who participate will be considered for the second installment of the Artists’ Annual exhibition which will be a juried show including more works by a selected number of artists. Juror will be Independent Curator Natasha Boas. There is no entry fee or application process, all members are welcome to include a piece in this exciting exhibition.

IMPORTANT DATES

Drop Off: Thursday - Saturday, November 12 - 14 between 11 am and 5 pm

Exhibition Dates: Part 1: December 5, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 5 – 8 pm

KlezCalifornia

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

YIDDISH CULTURE FESTIVAL
Sat.&Sun., Nov. 7-8
at the JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Interactive klezmer music, song, dance, poetry, and more, featuring some of the Bay Area's best entertainers, including performance artists Sara Felder and Naomi Newman, and internationally renowned musicians Veretski Pass. Refreshments, 16 workshops, concluding music and dance party with dancing led by Bruce Bierman.
Saturday 7:30pm-10:00pm: Cabaret & Cabernet
Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm: Workshops and Party

Fall Art Classes at Richmond Art Center Open for Registration

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Fall 2015 catalogs are available at the Richmond Art Center and online and registration is open. Sign up early as many classes now fill up within the first week of registration! Fall classes begin September 8, 2015.

This fall, we’re excited to offer over 70 classes and workshops, nearly 30 of which are new – and are happy to introduce 13 new instructors to the Art Center community! Classes are available for kids and adults in ceramics, painting, metal, printmaking, fiber arts and more! Scholarships are also available to West Contra Costa County residents. Apply online!

PRO ARTS Seeks Executive Director

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

PRO ARTS is seeking an Executive Director who can lead the nonprofit organization into its fifth decade of artistic excellence, meaningful community engagement and service to the field. Following decades of growth and increased sustainability PRO ARTS is now poised for a transformative era serving the dynamic arts community of Oakland, and the greater region. PRO ARTS is committed to exhibitions and artist commissions, arts education, and artist services including the East Bay Open Studio (EBOS) now in its 15th year.

We are seeking a candidate with a vision for the future of the organization. A grounding in the visual arts with a sensitivity and appreciation of the organization’s core values is essential. The position requires an excellent communicator who is flexible, open-minded and can bring innovative approaches and models for expanded programs and services, operations and facilities, and revenue sources. The Director shall have, or is shown to have the capacity to foster a deep understanding and appreciation for the Bay Area arts ecology and broader Oakland community.

Candidates should have experience in using best practices in nonprofit arts administration: development, fiscal management, program development, staff and organizational management, marketing, community affairs and board relations.

The Executive Director serves as executive of the organization and works closely with and reports to the Board of Directors comprised of leaders from the arts and the community.

Go to www.proartsgallery.org for further information, a job description and qualifications.


FY2015-16 Applications available for Oakland Cultural Funding Program

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Applications are now available for the FY 2015-16 City of Oakland Cultural Funding.
Program


Application Deadline: May 4, 2015; 5:00 pm.

The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program supports Oakland-based arts and cultural activities that reflect the cultural diversity of Oakland. Awards range from $4,999-$20,000 for activities that will occur between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. All applicants must be Oakland-based, and all proposed activities must take place in Oakland. There are three categories for this application period: Individual Artist Project, Art-in-the-Schools, and Organization Project.

Free applicant workshops will be offered throughout April. All grant seekers are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop before applying! Advance registration is required. Please RSVP to EArtry-Diouf@oaklandnet.com



Hayward 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Beth Jones Art Consultant is coordinating an exciting public art project in the City of Hayward---the 21st Century Hayward Library and Community Learning Center. For thematic and background info go to www.haywardlibrary.org We are looking for innovative and experienced public artists to apply. There are 4 commission sites in the project with budgets ranging from $58,000 to $100,000. Please email beth@jayjayart.com to request a copy of the full RFQ. The deadline is Monday April 20th to submit qualifications.

City of Moorpark - Art in Public Places - Police Services Center

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An artist is sought to design, fabricate, and install an artwork or artworks at the City of Moorpark Police Services Center at 610 Spring Road, Moorpark, California, 93021. Artists working in all mediums may apply but sculpture in metals, concrete, and other solid mediums are preferred. Projects using wall murals or art affixed to walls will not be accepted. The site for the artwork(s) is the general courtyard area at the Police Services Center on the northeast corner of the intersection of Spring Road and Flinn Avenue in Moorpark, California. The approximate area is 2,500 square feet and is currently improved with a square “criss-cross” pattern of turf divided by concrete curbs and includes purple plum trees. All or part of these improvements may be modified with the City’s consent as a part of the public art project.

Any professional artist who permanently resides in the State of California is eligible to apply.

Approximately $145,000 is available for design, fabrication, and installation for the Artwork. The budget is all-inclusive and a proposed price must include all design fees; travel expenses; all labor, materials and fabrication costs; lighting and signage (if necessary); insurance costs; site-preparation costs; traffic control costs; engineering expenses; shipping and transportation to the site; installation; any applicable permit fees and taxes; any other expenses related to the design, fabrication, installation, and documentation of this project. Artists are responsible for travel expenses including travel to interviews and meetings, if invited. No separate budget exists to support project-related travel for artists during the selection phase.

RFQ's are due May 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Call for Artists: Botanica: All Things Plant Life

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Botanica: All Things Plant Life
July 12 - September 6, 2015

Deadline: May 8, 2015
All entries must be received online through Slideroom, instructions on how to enter at BedfordGallery.org/Botanica

From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cézanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media.

jurors
Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary & Spoke Art
MacKenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum

awards
$3,000 in cash awards, plus prizes.

entry information
Eligibility
Open to all artists in the United States, 18 years of age or older. Entries must be original work completed within the last three years. (Dated 2011 or more recent.)

Artwork Purchase Program, Call for Alameda County Artwork

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

$100,000 is available to purchase artwork.
Open to practicing, professional artists who live, work, or rent/own an artist’s studio in Alameda County.

The Alameda County Arts Commission is building a public collection of artwork created by professional Alameda County artists. Artwork purchased through the 2015 Purchase Program will become part of the Alameda County Art Collection and will be placed in County buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. Through this program the County collects high‐quality artwork and promotes the wide range of artistic talent and expression in Alameda County. The Collection showcases a variety of artistic styles, media, and concepts. Professional artists making 2‐dimensional or low‐relief, wall‐mounted artwork are invited to apply. Artwork submitted for consideration must have a broad appeal and be appropriate for a variety of public spaces with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Applications must be submitted online through www.callforentry.org.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

See the complete Call for Artwork for application information and eligibility requirements: http://acgov.org/arts/pdfs/2015_Purchase_Program_Call_for_Artwork_3-5-15fv.pdf

Contact: (510) 208-9646 or artscommission@acgov.org


Discount tickets for Beatles musical Jan. 27 - Feb. 5

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Award-winning musical biography of Beatles
comes to the Bankhead Theater on May 18

Musical retelling of Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein features the
live music of renowned tribute Abbey Road; Discounted tickets offered between January 27 and February 5

LIVERMORE, CA (01/23/15) Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that made teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences.

While many of us don’t have the opportunity to see the two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles at the Bankhead Theater at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. All tickets will be $10 off between January 27 and February 5 with the promo code "Fab4".

You mean just another tribute band? No, because not all tribute bands are alike.

This one portrays the Beatles—John Lennon (Nathaniel Bott), Paul McCartney (Christopher Overall), George Harrison (Jesse Wilder) and Ringo Starr (Axel Clarke)—as authentically as possible, from their singing to the myriad of guitars used throughout the band’s decade-long career. Listening to songs like “Penny Lane” or “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from this tribute band is almost like listening to the original icons themselves. The cast members are age appropriate for the Beatles, between 22 - 32 years of age.

While the great repertoire of songs bind this musical together, the audience also gets the opportunity to relive the most important moments of The Beatles’ epic legacy, which spans the entire 1960s period. The actors that portray the band members connect with the crowd through their lovable sense of humors and cheeky banter.

Luna Dance Institute Free Community Events 2015

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Luna Dance Institute is a nationally-acclaimed dance education organization based in Berkeley, CA. Established in 1992, our mission aims to bring creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance. Visit us for our free open house on Saturday, January 10th. View 20 local choreographers share their work Thursday, April 23. Learn more by watching our winter Public Service Announcement or by visiting lunadanceinstitute.org.

Call for Applications: LOOP Arts Print Residency

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Call for Applications: LOOP Arts Print Residency
Deadline: January 1st, 2015, 11:59 PST
Residency Juror: Dena Beard

Who is Eligible?: Bay Area(a) Emerging and Established(b) Artists who have a scheduled exhibition(c).

(a) Bay Area as defined by the California counties: Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, and Sonoma. We provide access to the printing facilities, but not live-in quarters. Being driving distance is paramount. (Though we’re walking distance from The Paramount!)

(b) We created this opportunity in order to assist those in our community and we accept applications from artists ranging the entire spectrum (emerging to established) for the LOOP Arts Print Residency. If you are a student this residency is NOT for you. You have the facilities, but we will welcome you with open arms upon graduation.

(c) If you don't have proof of a scheduled exhibition you will not be considered for the residency. Our goal is to serve those who have the most need and will get the biggest bang for their residency. Large final prints for exhibition are our biggest printing costs. Need to print ten 30" x 40”s? That’s what we’re here for!

About the Residency: Residents will be awarded for between 1 week and 1 month. (If you have a smaller show to print for, and won't need a full month, choosing a shorter residency will allow us to get more artists scheduled and in to print.) You will have 24 hour access to the studio during your residency. Though the residency is to make prints for a scheduled exhibition, you are welcome to print additional work, but you will be charged $8.00 per square foot to cover ink costs. **Artists will provide their own paper.** FEE: $30

For submission guidelines and more information about the print residency, visit: http://looparts.com/residency.html

Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Come to Point Richmond on Saturday, Dec. 6, and find your holiday gifts.

Arts of Point Richmond is holding its annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire with an International theme on Sat., Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local artists will be exhibiting and selling their art, a raffle will be held at 3 pm, and there will be music by Joe Bagley. Join us for this special holiday event in the Pt. Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Ave.

While you are in Pt. Richmond., there are several arts establishments that are definitely worth visiting.

• Ali Amaro /Art, Jewelry & Objects is on 41 Washington Ave, is a gallery, design studio, and boutique.
• Next door at 39 Washington Ave. is “Emporium of Cool Stuff", an antiques consignment shop. You will find period furniture, china, silver, textiles, paintings, and all the collectible kitsch and curios the heart could desire.
• Across the street is “Maison d'Boheme”, a colorful boutique that features Indonesian and Indian-inspired custom furniture, plus bohemian home goods, and accessories.
• Next door to “Maison d'Boheme” is Steve Hurst's clock-making studio and creative space, a gallery of original wall clocks, mantel clocks, table clocks and one of a kind clocks, made from recycled items. www.stevenartclocks.com.
• On 111 W. Richmond Ave, is “Guillermina Asian Arts and Antiques”, where you will find Japanese and Asian antiques, folk arts, gifts, jewelry and art objects

If all this shopping makes you hungry, there are many restaurants, a deli, and a coffee shop on Washington Ave. and more on Richmond Ave. to choose from. Do come by and visit us.


Sunday Streets Berkeley

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Sunday Streets Berkeley takes place on Shattuck Ave between Haste and Rose Street, transforming nearly 1.5 miles on one of Berkeley's busiest thoroughfares into car-free open space for 6 hours. Shattuck Ave will be lined with all sorts of FREE fitness and family oriented fun activities for participants of all ages and abilities. Bring your bike for a free tune up, explore the many small businesses and restaurants, take a yoga class in the middle of the street, listen to live music on a pedal-powered stage, join a pick up game of soccer (again, in the street) or just wander down the temporarily car-free space.

To lead an activity, sign up here
Sign up to volunteer here

Poems on the Emery-Go-Round

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Open to poet's who live in the nine counties of San Francisco Bay Area. See website for guidelines. Submit to poetry.emery@gmail.com.

Bus Shelter Public Art RFP

Thursday, January 1st, 1970

The City of Emeryville is requesting proposals from artists working in two-dimensional media, or in other art media that can be photographed for use as two-dimensional art, for reproductions as posters for placement in four bus shelters. Examples of alternate materials include, but are not limited to: metal, textiles, sculpture, and installation art. Art works must be a proposal for four images related to the original theme of the program: FLORA AND FAUNA. Each selected artist will be asked to submit four different images for installation in four bus shelters throughout the city. The installation period for each artist will be four months. The goal of the program is to creatively enliven the bus shelters with a diverse group of temporary artworks. Up to SIX (6) artists (four images each) may be selected. The total time period for current phase of the project is two years.

This project is open to emerging and professional artists 18 years of age and older who reside or work in Emeryville. Students 18 years of age or older who attend a school or an educational training institution in Emeryville are also eligible to submit. Artists who were selected and participated in the first and second phases of the program are not eligible to apply. Artists must be prepared to provide evidence that they live, work or study in Emeryville. Artists may apply as individuals or as a team.

OMWB Mural is World Class

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is the most polished and beautiful street art Oakland has put out.
It's showing the growth from "Townie" roots to attracting artists from abroad and collaborating with local heavy hitters in the art world.
Worth putting on the map!

Compound Institute of Fabrifaction

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Greetings Art Lovers! We are The Compound Gallery and Studios located in Oakland, CA. We think art is essential. We are frugal and have worked hard to build the Compound into what it has become. We want to continue serving the art community through empowering studio spaces and art making equipment. We could use some help in this next phase of our campaign.

We are planning to expand into the adjacent building and create The Compound Institute of Fabrefaction (Fabrefaction=17th century word for the “making of art”). This new building will become our 3D building and focus on sculptural arts, while our current building will focus on 2D arts. We will move our current woodshop, metalshop, and ceramic area into the new space and ultimately, expand on our ceramic equipment, start a new artist residency just for ceramics, and acquire a 3d printer, and laser cutter. But we need your help.

AC Transit Holds Community Meetings with Artists of Bus Rapid Transit

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

On June 23, 24 and 26, AC Transit will hold evening meetings to introduce the community to the artist teams that will be enhancing the stations of the 9.5-mile East Bay Bus Rapid Transit system. The team of lead artists Johanna Poethig and Mildred Howard, supported by Joyce Hsu and Peter Richards, are experienced public artists who will invite meeting attendees to be part of their creative process.

Downtown Oakland – Chinatown – Eastlake: Monday June 23rd, 6-7:30pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St #290

International Boulevard (East Oakland from San Antonio): Tuesday June 24th, 6-7:30pm
BRT Information Center, 3322A International Blvd

San Leandro (Oakland border to San Leandro BART): Thursday June 26th, 6-7:30pm
San Leandro City Hall, South Offices, 835 E. 14th Street

The above meeting locations are all ADA accessible and light refreshments will be served. The locations are accessible by AC Transit and BART lines. The public may request interpretation or other meeting accommodations by calling (510) 891-5478 before the meeting date, and leaving a message with the request and the caller’s contact information.

Meeting information is posted here: http://brt.actransit.org/news-center/community-meetings/

More information about the artist team can be found at: http://www.actransit.org/2014/04/24/artists-selected-for-east-bay-bus-rapid-transit-project/

ABOUT EAST BAY BRT
AC Transit’s East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will provide fast, frequent and reliable transit service between 20th Street in downtown Oakland and San Leandro BART, primarily along International Blvd. and E. 14th Street. By coming every 5 minutes for much of the day, BRT will bring better transit to one of the East Bay’s most diverse corridors through a combination of dedicated transit lanes, level boarding, pre-payment, and other features that have led this technology to be described as “light rail on wheels.” BRT is also the backbone of the community-envisioned International Boulevard Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan and will be the catalyst to attract additional investment and revitalize the corridor. Approved in 2012 and fully funded, the $178 million investment will enhance regional connectivity, upgrade the streetscape, construct new stations, add landscaping, create construction and transit career opportunities, and attract thousands of new riders when service begins in late 2017.

East Bay BRT project is substantially funded by Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B, Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Bay Area Toll Authority’s Regional Measure 2 Bridge Toll Funds, the California Transportation Commission’s STIP and Prop 1B Infrastructure Bonds, the Federal Highway Administration’s CMAQ, and the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts Grant Funds.

Berkeley Broadway Singers AUDITIONS

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

The Berkeley Broadway Singers is holding SOPRANO, ALTO, TENOR and BASS auditions for our Fall 2014 season on Saturday, August 9th and Thursday, August 14th. Please e-mail to reserve an audition time.

Rehearsals are 7:15pm -- 9:30pm Thursday nights from August 21 through November 6.
Dress rehearsal Wednesday, November 12.
Fall concerts are Sat&Sun November 8&9 and Sat&Sun November 15&16. Tuition is $180.

The Berkeley Broadway Singers is a 75-member community chorus under the music direction of Trente Morant. Our repertoire consists of music from Broadway, movie musicals, The Great American Songbook, Jazz, Latin, Blues, and other popular music. We strive for artistic excellence and are dedicated to providing a joyful and creative music experience for our members and our audiences. By giving free concerts each season, we reach a large diverse community.

Call for Entries

Monday, September 8th, 2014

JURIED ART SHOW -- CALL FOR ENTRIES
ENTRY DEADLINE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
REGISTER ONLINE: https://piedmondtcenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/21002
2014 Piedmont Center for the Arts Juried Art Show
The 2014 Juried Art Show presented by The Piedmont Center for the Arts is an annual, juried art exhibition selected from submissions highlighting a large variety of contemporary 2-dimenional works by Bay Area artists. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 35 pieces will be selected by 2014 guest jurors Carin Adams, Oakland Museum of California, Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture and Caitlin Haskell, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture. Thanks to the courtesy of the John P. Thornborrow Memorial Endowment Fund, total cash awards of $4,000 allocated to juror-designated award winners will be presented during the opening reception on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
ELIGILITY: Must reside/work within the nine countries of the Greater Bay Area.
SUBMISSIONS: $40 Entry Fee. Link to online entry, more detailed information and submission guidelines: https://piedmondtcenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/21002
EXHIBITION DATES: November 1-30, 2014; Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 5-8 pm
The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to coalescing the arts communities of Piedmont and around the Bay Area.
The Piedmont Center for the Arts is honored to have two distinguished jurors:
Carin Adams is the Associate Curator of Art and Material Culture at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). She conducts and manages the acquisition, documentation, research, and development of OMCA collections and content across diverse delivery platforms, including multidisciplinary exhibitions, public programs, publications, and online activities. She joined OMCA in 2006; initially as the Associate

City of Oakland Arts Grants Open for Applications

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program has released guidelines and applications for its annual grants for arts and cultural services in Oakland. Oakland City Council is expected to award approximately $1 million in grants to support artists in the schools, projects by arts organizations, and projects by individual artists during Fiscal Year 2014-15. Free workshops for new and returning grant-seekers will be offered through June 10. The deadline for all grant applications is June 16, 2014. For workshops information, go to www.oaklandculturalarts.org. Guidelines and application forms are available online at https://screendoor.dobt.co/city-of-oakland-california.

Luna Dance Announces CHOREOFUND 2 Artists

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Luna Dance Institute is delighted to feature the following six choreographers in its second CHOREOFUND. The purpose of CHOREOFUND is to provide a grassroots opportunity for the community to support homegrown dance-making. Six local and innovative dance artists have been selected by Luna Dance Institute to pitch in-the-moment project proposals to an audience of 30 “micro” funders. Using dance, video, speech, or other media, this straightforward communication with potential supporters will serve as direct access to resources for choreographers and a gateway to understanding the choreographic process for our local public. The choreographers’ proposal is direct, unpretentious, sincere, and like the art of dance, personal and live.

Selected choreographers:
Shabnam Dance Company
LV Dance Collective
Erica Pinigis
Jessica Barber
Claudine Naganuma
Daria Kaufman

Those wishing to be a grassroots funder-audience can contact Alisa Rasera (arasera@lunadanceinstitute.org) or call 510.883.1118. Tickets are $40 per person cash only. Audience members accepted until seats are filled.

For full press release and pictures visit lunadanceinstitute.org or contact Cherie Hill, chill@lunadanceinstitute.org.

ISO Artists, Musicians, Performers & Small Biz for Monthly Pop-Up Event

Friday, April 18th, 2014

If you could imagine or experience anything in downtown Point Richmond, what would it be? You\'re invited to exhibit and/or explore the possibilities during this locally organized monthly event. Participating venues, artists, performers, chefs, and business owners will display a red dot. Everyone is encouraged to try something new or do it differently on this day. Join us!

Free Guided Gallery District Tour Exploring the Downtown Art Scene

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Come out and explore the downtown Oakland art scene. During this free guided gallery walking tour you’ll get a behind the scenes look at an exhibition installation in process, meet the gallery owners, check out some very cool art, and learn about the impact Oakland Art Murmur has had on the area. The tour meets at 2:00pm and is led this month by Eric Murphy, of Joyce Gordon Gallery. Join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month and discover something new!

Meet at Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street to tour several galleries in Downtown

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/683519818356090

Call for Entry: Soapbox, juried exhibition at Berkeley Art Center

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Berkeley Art Center is seeking submissions for Soapbox, the 2014 Juried Exhibition. We invite artists to submit work that represents, challenges or incites us to get up on our soapboxes and share our ideas, our passions, and our intentions to change the world. Submissions can also be work inspired by someone else’s soapbox. How are you moved to action? How do you move others to action? BAC is seeking work that is activated, and positions the viewer to participate in the rapidly changing social, political, economical and artistic fields.

Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to have two distinguished figures as jurors for the 2014 Juried Exhibition. Boots Riley is an artist, activist and musician and Steven Wolf is owner of the venerable San Francisco gallery, Steven Wolf Fine Arts.

Visit www.berkeleyartcenter.org/call-for-entry for more information.

Holton Studio Gallery presents \'A California Spring\'

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Holton Gallery exhibition opening of \'A California Spring\' featuring Northern California paintings by 14 of the region\'s leading plein air painters. Opening reception Saturday May 3rd from 5 to 7pm. Come toast the artists!

Call for Entries: Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Open to artists living or working within the City of Berkeley

The Civic Center Art Exhibition is the City of Berkeley\'s opportunity to celebrate the richness of artistic production within its community. The annual exhibition is produced through a collaborative effort by Berkeley Art Center, Kala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. The works of approximately 30 artists will be selected by a jury for exhibition in the Berkeley Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. The work will be distributed throughout publicly accessible areas on six floors. Selected artworks will be displayed for approximately one year, through the middle of 2015.

All selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium, and purchase prizes of up to $3,000 will also be awarded.

FREE TO ENTER!

The Flight Deck has room for resident companies

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Flight Deck has space for more resident companies! Downtown Oakland\'s newest arts hotspot, the Flight Deck, will be opening its doors in Spring 2014 and we are looking for theater companies to join our creative community.

Located at 1540 Broadway (near BART and the restaurants and galleries of Uptown), the Flight Deck will feature a professionally-equipped 99-seat black box theater, rehearsal studio, gallery and co-working space. The 4,000-square-foot main floor will be completely ADA-compliant and the location is convenient to foot traffic and public transportation. Interested companies can visit http://www.theflightdeck.org/resident-companies.html for more information and to fill out an inquiry form; applications are due by 12/6/2013.

WAVE Christmas Concert

Friday, December 20th, 2013


The Women\'s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) and the men of the Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory present their annual Christmas concert following the customary format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols, as sung at King\'s College, Cambridge, England, since 1918. The performance includes Sarum chant from the 12th century; music from the 13th to 15th centuries from England and France; works by Ravenscroft, Ord, Mouton, and Michael Praetorius; and traditional Christmas carols with audience participation.

Please join us for an evening of ancient and traditional holiday music.

December 20, 8 PM
St. Mark\'s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
$20 General / $15 Students & Seniors

Capoeira classes for kids teens and adults! now until Dec 19th

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and self-defense. The attack and defense movements are very rhythmic due to its African roots. Music and song accompanied by percussion is an inherent part of Capoeira, and an integral part of what we teach here at Filhos de Bimba Bay Area.

Our school preserves the cultural legacy of Mestre Bimba and the essence of Capoeira Regional including it’s effective methodology of teaching, character building principles, rich traditions and rituals.

We welcome students from all backgrounds regardless of age, gender, race, color, creed, national origin or athletic experience. We help students build self-confidence by providing the proper tools to enhance strength, flexibility and endurance.

Our school is located in Emeryville, conveniently placed between Oakland and Berkeley, and within a short distance from San Francisco. We invite you to visit, watch, try and enjoy Capoeira!

East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project -- Calls for Artists & Artisans

Friday, October 11th, 2013

A exciting opportunity for artists and artisans to help link two lively and diverse East Bay communities - Oakland and San Leandro!

AC Transit invites artists and artisans to submit qualifications for one of two related but different Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for artistic enhancements integrated with the design for the new East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (EB-BRT) project, a 9.5 mile corridor of 34 stations from downtown Oakland to the San Leandro BART. The art enhancement budget allowance for the EB-BRT project is estimated at $1.5 million and amounts to 1.5% of the eligible construction costs currently estimated at approximately $100 million.

Note that interested applicants MUST complete in full both Part I and Part II of the submittal package (Part I is electronic and Part II is hard copy) prior to the deadline of Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:00 PM PST.

To learn about the artist/artisan opportunity, attend the free Applicants Orientation on Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
AC Transit, 1600 Franklin Street, Second Floor Board Room, Oakland (between 14th and 16th Streets)
Conveniently located near AC Transit bus and BART with ample street parking

OR call in to 1 888 354-0094 Pin #5527516

Review the RFQ\'s and submit your qualifications: go to http://actransit.org

For a tour of the EB-BRT corridor and more information on the artists\' opportunities, watch the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/3YCoMqsJzuM.

Call for Artists: Bedford Gallery

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Title: Sky: A National Juried Exhibition

Theme: From ancient mythology to surreal skyscapes, artists and philosophers have long meditated on the theme of sky. This exhibition asks artists to explore how the sky—both atmospheric and conceptual—can be represented in a diverse reach of media.
Jurors: DeWitt Cheng, San Francisco-based writer and critic (Art Ltd., Sculpture, ArtPractical.com, Artillery, East Bay Express, and more) & Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn

Awards: $3,000 in cash awards, plus prizes to be selected by jurors.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Eligibility: Open to all artists working in all media in the United States, 18 years of age or older. Entries must be original work completed within the last three years.

Website and Info: www.bedfordgallery.org/sky

Location: Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

DISCOUNT for Arts Marketing Conference Registration

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Constituents of 510Arts.com (if you\'re reading this, you\'re a constituent!) can bring a colleague for FREE and are entitled to a $130 registration discount to the

National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference
Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26, 2013
Presented by Arts Reach at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco

The overall theme for the conference is “Success Factors for Sustainable Growth”

ADVANCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Register by October 1 to GET 2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1.

In addition to receiving the lowest price, when one person from an organization registers by October 1, another person gets to go for free. Plus, each additional person is just $159.

See conference details, including your registration discounts and lodging, at http://www.artsreach.com/san-francisco-conference.php

Black to the Future

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

“Black to the Future” premieres on August 3rd at our Blackball Universe Gallery, re-introducing our inaugural artist Norman Maxwell along with Deadeyes and Nelson Enriquez. This collaboration comments on afro-futurism and diverse cultural influences.
The gallery show is open Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-5pm and will be going on until August 31.

City of Richmond Public Art Project

Friday, August 30th, 2013


The City of Richmond Arts and Culture Commission invites visual artists to submit qualifications for the commissioning of an outdoor sculpture at Sheridan Point, located along the Port of Richmond waterfront. The sculpture will be located between the historic Ford Building and the west end of the Marina at the former ferry landing. The site for the artwork measures approximately 65’x 33’ and has panoramic waterfront views of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, Oakland, Berkeley and the Bay.

The project is open to artists residing in California, Oregon and Washington who have demonstrated experience in producing at least two permanently sited outdoor works of art.

Applications are being accepted online through the Call for Entry (CaFÉ™) website at www.callforentry.org. For complete entry requirements and instructions artists may go to: www.callforentry.org, register a user name and password, navigate to “Apply to Calls” and search the list for “City of Richmond, Port Public Art Project.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. PDT.

The budget for the public art project is $175,000, and is inclusive of all costs related to the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of the artwork. The project is funded by the Port of Richmond in compliance with the City’s \"Percent for Art\" resolution, which sets aside 1.5% of eligible capital improvement project budgets for the acquisition of public art.

Call of the Wild

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Call of the Wild
Wednesday’s 8pm – 10pm
Adults - $10 upon entry

A beat lab & trunk show where local artists and affiliates share their work and create together. The beat lab focuses on traits of the chakras and connecting sound to energetic fields. The trunk show is an interactive experience, collaborating styles and creating live.

The Adeline House collective is an open forum for integral arts and music enrichment. Once a part of the historical Key System train route, Adeline Street provides a distinctive path for artistic articulation, connecting the three cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. Adeline House serves as an imagination station forsound and light, where both mediums can be experienced in a safe and comfortable environment for all ages. With hopes of maintaining a balance between nostalgia and the avant-garde, artist Meagan Spendlove (Siloette) and musician Hayley Shula (Heddy Fur) conduct private lessons, workshops, retreats, and shows for those who want to participate in an inclusive and inspiring experience.

SIGN UP ~ Please call to further discuss your interest in Adeline House lessons, workshops, or retreats. For brief inquiry email contact@adelinehouse.com

3 Key Studio - (415) 351 – 8482
Private piano lessons, sound healing, beat workshops – Production & Artistry

The Rambling Kid - (510) 809 – 7791
Private art lessons, integral design, public art workshops – Creation & Insight

City of Emeryville Extends Deadline for Poet Laureaute

Monday, June 24th, 2013

City of Emeryville Seeking 2013-2015 Poet Laureate

Guidelines of the Emeryville Poet Laureate Program
The Poet Laureate will serve as the City’s literary ambassador during a two-year term from July 2013 to July 2015 and
• Must live or work in Emeryville, and be at least 18 years of age.
• Must demonstrate a commitment to poetry through prior publication at least ten poems, and/or a demonstrable performance record
• Must be willing to engage the Emeryville community in a discourse about poetry and to present his or her work to the public and Emeryville K-12 students.
• Must be willing to allow selected poems to be:
o published on the City website
o duplicated as posters for distribution at events or in the schools
o framed for installation in City Hall, and
o possibly for use in visual art installations, and
• Must agree to be photographed or video graphed at readings and other events for distribution in City newsletters and broadcast on City-sponsored cable television.

Duties of the Emeryville Poet Laureate
• Represent the City of Emeryville and the poetic arts through participation in poetry events and interviews.
• Present poetry at no less than two events per year. These events may vary from year-to-year but could include one reading at a scheduled City events and one reading in the schools.
• Act as an advocate and resource for poetry and literary events in Emeryville.
• Accept invitations, as schedule permits, for interviews with the media, and to submit works for publication on the City website and other outreach vehicles.

Honorarium: $1,500
Submittals Due: June 24, 2013 By Email to aevans@emeryville.org
Including: proposal* biography*10 published poems *resume
See details at www.emeryville.org/poetlaurete or email aevans@emeryville.org to request the RFP

Juried Art Show Call for Artists

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

The Piedmont Center for the Arts announces a call to SF Bay Area Artists to feature their work in a juried art show premiering November 1, 2013 in Piedmont, CA.

The Piedmont Center for the Arts is honored to have Rene de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California, selecting works for our first juried art exhibition, entitled Return to Simplicity. The theme is meant to reflect the current emphasis on a return to basics, much like there was during the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century where artists found refuge in using organic materials and handcrafted products. Open to artists working in all 2 dimensional media and living in Bay Area. This juried show offers a window into the most current developments in contemporary art of the region. Cash prize will be given courtesy of the John P. Thornborrow Memorial Endowment Fund. Awards: 1st place – $2,500, 2nd – $1,000, 3rd- $500 plus Honorable Mentions.

All artwork must have been created within the past 3 years. Artists can submit a maximum of five (5) images and a minimum of (3) images. Entry fee is $40. All works must be able to be hung on the wall to be considered (wired for easy hanging) and are limited to 48 x 36 inches including frame and may not exceed 30 lbs. Media ranging from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite. Please submit your work online using SlideRoom.com at https://piedmondtcenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/Login.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS SEPTEMBER 2, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

KEY DATES:

Deadline for Submission: Monday, September 2, 2013
Selected Artists Notified: Tuesday, October 2, 2013
Artwork Drop-Off Date: Sunday, October 20, 11:00-4:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, November 1 – Sunday, December 1, 2013
Opening Date: Friday, November 1, 6:00-9:00 pm
Artists’ Reception: Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Public Art Opportunity

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

City of Emeryville
Request for Proposals for Artists Services
Deadline May 16, 2013

The City of Emeryville’s Public Art Committee is inviting proposals from artists (individual or teams) to design and fabricate, or to design and work with a fabricator, to create artwork at the Joseph Emery Park Skate Spot.

Artists are asked to use the visual language of art to:
• Reveal the dynamic culture and imagery of skateboarding.
• Excite and engage the broad-based community that will use the site.
• Make the skate spot reflect the unique Emeryville culture.
• Make the skate park an attraction and point of community pride for both skaters and non-skaters alike.

The total budget for the design and fabrication of artwork is $50,000. For a complete copy of the Request for Proposal, please visit the City of Emeryville website at the following link: http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=904

Call for Emeryville 2nd Poet Laureate 2013-2015

Friday, May 17th, 2013

An Interested Emeryville resident is being asked to serve as the 2nd Poet Laureate:
• The Poet Laureate will serve as the City’s literary ambassador during a two-year term from July 2013 to July 2015.
• The selected poet must live or work in Emeryville, and be at least 18 years of age.
• The selected poet must demonstrate a commitment to poetry through prior publication and submission of a body of work of no less than ten poems, and/or a performance record such as spoken word, poetry slams, film, new media or other performance-related venues.
• The selected poet must embrace a willingness to engage the community in a discourse about poetry, to present his or her work to the public and Emeryville K-12 students.
• The selected poet must be willing to allow selected poems to be published on the City website, to be duplicated as posters for distribution at events or in the schools, to be framed for installation in City Hall, and possibly for use in visual art installations, and agree to be photographed or video graphed at readings and other events for distribution in City newsletters and broadcast on City-sponsored cable television.
Please see teh Call at the link above if interested and respond by the May 17th Deadline or pass the call on to literary residents you know!

Unity Council in Oakland looking for Poster Artists for Dia de los Muertos Festival Poster!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Unity Council is looking for artists to design our 2013 Día de los Muertos Festival Poster!

Artists will be generously compensated !
Fruitvale and East Oakland artists are strongly encouraged to apply!

About Día: The Fruitvale Día de los Muertos festival is one of the biggest and oldest festivals in the bay area- each year drawing 60,000- 80,000 people to Fruitvale to enjoy vendors, music, dance and folkloric art, and to celebrate this great Latin American tradition.

Are you interested in submitting a design?

Send a proposal letter of your idea, including sketches, colors, graphics or past work to unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org by April 19th.

Artists will be generously compensated !
Fruitvale and East Oakland artists are strongly encouraged to apply!

Your poster will be featured widely around the East Bay and San Francisco, will be featured on festival signs and banners, and will be reproduced on t-shirts and merchandise.

Please keep in mind that final poster size will be 11”x17”, and must include our event information and space for our Día de los Muertos logo and sponsors’ logos.

About the Unity Council: The Unity Council is a community development nonprofit with a 49-year history serving over 10,000 people in the diverse Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social, and neighborhood development. To learn more about the Unity Council, visit our website www.unitycouncil.org
Like Us! – Facebook.com/theunitycouncil
Follow us on Twitter! – @theunitycouncil

Call for submissions for 2013 Dia de los Muertos Festival Poster

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Calling all artists!

The Unity Council is looking for artists to design our Día de los Muertos Festival Poster!

About Día: The Fruitvale Día de los Muertos festival is one of the biggest and oldest festivals in the bay area- each year bringing more than 60,000- 80,000 people to enjoy vendors, music, dance and folkloric art, and to celebrate this great Latin American tradition.

Are you interested in submitting a design?
Send us a proposal letter of your idea, including sketches, colors, graphics or past work to unitycouncildia@unitycouncil.org by April 19th.

Fruitvale and East Oakland artists are strongly encouraged to apply!

Your poster will be featured widely around the East Bay and San Francisco, will be featured on festival signs and banners, and will be reproduced on t-shirts and merchandise.

Please keep in mind that final poster size will be 11”x17”, and must include our event information and space for our Día de los Muertos logo and sponsors’ logos.

About the Unity Council: The Unity Council is a community development nonprofit with a 49-year history serving over 10,000 people in the diverse Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social, and neighborhood development. To learn more about the Unity Council, visit our website (www.unitycouncil.org), like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @theunitycouncil.

Alameda County Arts Commission 2013 Artist Registry

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Alameda County Arts Commission
Artist Registry

Application Deadline: April 30, 2013 (10:59 pm Pacific Time)

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams from the 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area* to apply for potential inclusion in the 2013 Artist Registry, a prequalified artist pool that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities. Many of the opportunities will be for artists to make a new series of smaller artworks in the studio, therefore, artists who make two-dimensional, low-relief, or wall sculptural artwork are encouraged to apply. Artists selected for the Artist Registry will always be notified prior to being placed into consideration for specific projects. Project sites include: San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project, East County Hall of Justice (Dublin), Highland Hospital (Oakland), and other sites to be determined.

* Includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. Additional eligibility restrictions apply. Review the full application for complete eligibility requirements.

Complete application information is available at www.acgov.org/arts (click on “Opportunities”) or call (510) 208-9646 to receive the information by mail. To be considered for these opportunities, artists must register and submit an application through the CaFE website, www.callforentry.org (search for \"Alameda County\" in the list of current calls).

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646 or artscommission@acgov.org.

Woodminster Summer Musicals Adds spring show in 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

The Woodminster Summer Musicals expands into the spring in 2013, by adding a March show indoors at Regents\' Theatre at Holy Names University, just one freeway exit away from the group\'s summer home in Joaquin Miller Park. Little Shop of Horrors is an affectionate spoof of 1950\'s sci-fi thrillers. Lovable but nerdy Seymour discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon it grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Charming, tuneful, and hilarious. Good family show, especially for older children and teens. Performed by professional actors and musicians, in cooperation with Holy Names\' Drama Department.

Interfaith Art Exhibit: Call for Entries

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Faith Trio (an alliance of Kehilla Community Synagogue, Montclair Presbyterian Church, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California) is excited to be planning an interfaith art exhibit to be held in May and June 2013 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in downtown Oakland. We seek artwork that incorporates words, text or letters. We seek creative ways of expressing our commitment to interfaith understanding, coexistence, peace, and cultural exchange.

Our interfaith art exhibit in September and October of 2011 featured 90 works of art from 40 artists. The fascinating and colorful array of paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metal art, beadwork and textile art won high praise from viewers and the local media.

The deadline for submissions of artwork for the exhibit is February 28, 2013.

Contact Lea Delson at (510) 528-6725 or lea@lmi.net for more information and with any questions.

Oakland\'s Downtown Recognized as One of America\'s Top 12 \"Artplaces\"

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The City of Oakland\'s downtown has just been named among the top 12 arts-driven neighborhoods in the United States. The ranking comes from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation\'s largest banks to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

As selected by ArtPlace, \"America\'s Top 12 ArtPlaces\" are communities that have most successfully combined art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods.

Beautiful Sustainable Lighting Made From Recycled Bottles

Friday, January 11th, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
Metro Lighting Launches Recycled Glass Line Through Kickstarter

Berkeley, California - January 11, 2013 - Metro Lighting, a sustainable business leader, is launching a line of recycled glass lamps and fixtures through Kickstarter.com. The shades are made from clear bottle glass that is crushed, melted, and poured into molds. Metro Lighting builds the lamps and fixtures in their workshop in Berkeley, California.

"We designed a custom mold for lighting after we found a studio that could cast recycled glass," says Lawrence Grown, who owns Metro Lighting with is wife and business partner Christa Rybczynski. Both hold degrees in architecture. "The glass has a wonderful texture that is evidence of the casting process," says Rybczynski, "Each shade is a beautiful work of illuminated art." The shades are offered in seven colors, each available clear or sandblasted. LED light engines pair well with the sandblasted shades.

Metro Lighting (metrolighting.com, facebook.com/metrolightingCA) has been an Alameda County Certified Green Business since 2006. A rooftop solar array provides 100% of the energy needs for their retail showroom and manufacturing facility in Berkeley, California. The showroom features many fixtures built from repurposed items including glass insulators (from telephone poles), liquor bottles, bicycle rims and gears, and traffic light lenses in green, yellow, and red.

See www.kickstarter.com/projects/1074586595/recycled-glass-lighting-beautiful-and-sustainable for details.

Skyline Gold June 9 Celebrates High School's 50th Birthday & Honors Performing Arts Alumni

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

PRESS RELEASE:
Skyline High School Performing Arts Celebrates Skyline's 50th With Alumni Showcase
Over a Hundred Performing Arts Students and Alums to Perform June 9

(Oakland, CA – May 22, 2012) Skyline High School Performing Arts will present a June 9 performance on the Skyline campus to honor performing arts alumni and celebrate the high school's 50th birthday.  The event, titled "Skyline Gold: A 50th Anniversary Showcase," will feature performances by more than a hundred current and former performing arts students.  Money raised through the event will help fund Skyline's well-respected performing arts program, which has provided high-level education and training to Oakland teens since the school opened in 1962. 

Tickets to Skyline Gold are available through the school's PTSA Performing Arts Committee for a requested donation of $40 per person.  Tickets may be reserved and additional contributions made at http://skylinegold.eventbrite.com/

The June 9 event will be held on campus at Skyline High School, in the Rawley T. Farnsworth Theater in the Selmer Berg Auditiorium.  A reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the breezeway outside the theater, with the performance inside at 7:30.  The school is located at 12250 Skyline Boulevard, in Oakland, with parking available on campus adjacent to the theater building.

Alumni performers will represent a number of graduating classes, ranging from vocalist Pam Adams (class of '69) to several members of the class of 2011.  Other alum performers (in many cases performing professionally today) will include Ethan Lavelle (class of '02), Alexis Johnson (class of '03), Will F. Chapman (class of '04), Danielle Turner (class of '05), Jaredt Robinson (class of '06),  Nick Johnson (class of '07), Donald Antoine (class of '08), and many more. About 50 former members of the school's advanced choir, Voices of the Sky, will perform a song together under the direction of former Skyline vocal teacher Everett Baines. Class of '11 Dance Production students will reprise one of their most popular numbers.  Former theater students and teachers will be onstage for short pieces, ranging from a reflection from a former Skyline drama teacher (Virginia Buckner, at Skyline 1983-1991) to short excerpts from Hamlet (Paul Pugh and Donald Antoine, class of '08) to stand-up comedy (Robin Higgins, class of '06).

The show will also include performances by current Skyline students who are members of the Jazz Band, Advanced Choir, Dance Production, and the cast of the 2012 spring musical, Across the Universe.

Says Jan Hunter, Skyline drama teacher since 1996, "Our Skyline Performing Arts grads go out into the world and make successful careers -- some as actors, musicians, dancers, directors, and technicians, and others as attorneys, teachers, CEOs, and stockbrokers.  We're so excited about welcoming them back to the Skyline stage, where they got their start on the roads they travel today.  When I put out the call asking graduates to perform, I was inundated by enthusiastic response – and some of our wonderful performing arts alumni will travel long distances to be here June 9."

Proceeds from the event will help support Skyline Performing Arts program costs as well as maintenance costs for the facility.  The Farnsworth Theater was renovated a decade ago in a project spearheaded by the parents and teachers of the school's PTSA Performing Arts Committee.  Funding came from hundreds of individual donations from Skyline alumni and supporters, and major gifts from several foundations including the Tom and Rita Hanks Family Trust.  Tom Hanks, class of '74, is perhaps Skyline's most famous performing arts alumnus, though only one of hundreds who have enjoyed successful careers in the arts.

Says David Kahn, who was Co-chair of the Performing Arts Committee at the time of the facility renovation, "The theater is still an excellent performance laboratory that lets Skyline provide great training.  But to keep it that way and prevent it from falling into disrepair again, we need to invest some money now. The sound system needs repair and enhancements, the stage curtains need attention after 10 years of hard use, some lighting instruments need replacement, and so forth.   With district support gone, we also need to find a way to fund supplies like lighting gels and lamps, lumber, and paint.  Program costs -- like royalties for musicals and plays, music rental, costs for guest artists and tickets for professional performances -- are also much harder to fund than they were ten years ago."

From the time Skyline High School first opened in 1962, it has maintained a reputation for academic excellence accompanied by strong extracurricular programs, particularly in the performing arts.  Like all California public schools, though, especially those in poorer urban districts like Oakland, Skyline has struggled to maintain its excellence with diminished resources and crumbling facilities.  Performing Arts has helped give the school a unique identity, has drawn students from all over the city who are interested in studying theater, music, dance, and media arts – and perhaps most important, has helped maintain the "titan spirit" that has brought much alumni support to the campus over the years.

Says Peter Seidl, President of Skyline's PTSA and parent of two 2012 graduating seniors, "It is absolutely clear to me that the excellent performing arts programs and the excellent academic programs go hand-in-hand.  My sons, who will be attending Harvard and UCLA in the fall, certainly benefitted from the AP classes at Skyline.  But being in the Jazz Band, performing for the Skyline community and beyond, winning honors at the Reno Jazz Festival -- that's where they really learned those character lessons, like commitment, persistence, confidence.  For the sake of all the kids coming up, it's crucial that in these hard times Skyline's extraordinary music, theater, and dance programs be supported by the community."

Jan Hunter says, "Though Mr. Hanks can't attend this time, this show is one way of thanking him for his generosity now and over the years.  Our students' success has often been inspired by his, and we think the very best way to show our gratitude is to show him how well our students are doing in the arts.   He's such a cool, down-to-earth, true artist with a great heart; I just know that seeing professionals come out of this space gives him joy.  And what we feel about Tom Hanks, we also feel about all the other alumni who have been so generous with money and support.  Once a Titan, always a Titan.  Skyline alumni keep this program alive."

Alumni and other supporters who wish to make contributions and reserve tickets may do so at http://skylinegold.eventbrite.com/   Further information about the event may be found at http://sykahn.com/Skylinegold/skylinegoldhome.html, or via email at kathrynkahn@gmail.com.


$1,000 Prize - International Design Contest

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Rainbow Honor Walk seeks to honor heroines & heroes of the LGBT communities through a sidewalk tribute in San Francisco’s historic Castro district to honor their contributions. For more information visit http://rainbowhonorwalk.org/


Spring Jewelry Art Showcase

Tuesday, December 31st, 2069

Friends, music, one of a kind jewelry...

6:00pm-10:00pm
FREE ADMISSION

Addis Habana Dance &Art Studio 366 Grand Ave. Oakland


Jewelry Artisans:
Birds of a Feather
Rachel Paula
Lauren Harvey
Ariyele Ressler
Macrame Hair Wraps
...more artisans to be confirmed.

Visual Art by: Biniam Gbremeskel


National Call for Artists: Pt. Emery Sculptural/Environmental Art Installation, City of Emeryville, CA

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Pt. Emery Sculptural/Environmental Art Installation --
For the full RFQ, please visit the City of Emeryville's open bids page at
http://ca-emeryville.civicplus.com/bids.aspx

The City of Emeryville invites artists and design professionals, as individuals or teams, to submit qualifications for the design and implementation of a public art project at Point Emery on the City's western shoreline. An undeveloped site on the San Francisco Bay, Point Emery presents a unique opportunity for artists to engage in creative place making by means of an environmental installation, earthwork, sculpture or inter-disciplinary approach that will consider - with great care - how to celebrate the extraordinary geography and ecology of this spectacular location.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 27, 2012  


Firehouse Gallery North hosts Art Makers trunk show for the holidays

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Gotta come check out our "Holiday Pop Up Art Makers Trunk Show" at the Gallery North in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto.

EVERY Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
6 to 10pm

Through December 23, 2011...

Our friends of the "Etsy Eastbay Art and Crafts Collective" will be having a full on group show Friday December 16th, and a lot of their members will be showing two or three times, so definitively come check us out, they have the coolest handmade, creative gifts on earth!

If you would like to be a vendor for any of the dates you can get your donation based ticket here: http://gallerynorth.eventbrite.com/

It would be awesome if you could tweet about this and tell all your friends in the bay area.


Richmond Art Center's Annual Holiday Arts Festival to be held December 2nd & 3rd

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) will hold its annual Holiday Arts Festival on Friday, December 2nd, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 3rd, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The festival is one of the East Bay's favorite community art events; each year, established and emerging regional artists and artisans donate and sell their work at the festival in support of the Richmond Art Center. This year will feature more than 30 artist-vendors and a Silent Auction of the works of preeminent Bay Area artists. The Center’s popular pottery sale also returns, with hundreds of functional and decorative pieces handmade in the center’s ceramics studio. A portion of all arts and crafts sales directly benefits the RAC and its educational programming, exhibitions and community arts initiatives. Admission is free.

“With a wonderful variety of locally-made art, live music, a wine bar on Friday night, a holiday café and kids activities on Saturday and ample free parking, there is every reason to shop local and join the celebration of the arts this holiday season,” said Nancy Servis, Executive Director of the RAC.

What’s Available:
Prices of art, crafts and artisan goods range from $5 to $250. Offerings include a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, textiles, prints, ornaments, custom-made chocolates and art by artists from around the East Bay and creations by artists from the Richmond Art Center’s Studio Program. The Richmond Art Center’s Ceramic Department will offer nearly 1,000 unique pieces.

When:
Friday, December 2nd, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
30 artisan vendors, silent auction of fine art, live music and wine bar.

Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
30 artisan vendors, silent auction of fine art, live music, café, art activities, and the RAC’s famous ceramics sale! Silent auction closes at
3:00 pm.

Where:
The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue (at the corner of Barrett and 25th Street), Richmond, CA 94804, adjacent to Civic Center Plaza. Wheelchair accessible, free parking, BART accessible.
 
About The Richmond Art Center:
The Richmond Art Center is a membership-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public benefit corporation that is committed to the vision that a place for the arts and the creative process is essential to personal, social, and economic growth. The
center engages creative exploration and learning through studio art classes, innovative exhibitions, and transformative community projects. The RAC was named 2010 non-profit of the year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, a 2011 City of Richmond Historic Preservation Award recipient for John Roeder sculptures, and Best of 2011 for art classes in Contra Costa County by Parent’s Press. 

For membership, class, and exhibition information please visit www.therac.org or call (510) 620-6772. Exhibition hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Exhibitions are free to the public.


Make Your Mark: Summer Art Classes at Kala for Youth and Adults

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Whether you're a true beginner or professional artist, Kala's education programs for youth and adults offer hands on learning and creative exchange. Kala classes are taught by exhibiting, professional artists and utilize the exceptional equipment available in our printmaking studio and electronic media center. Develop a new skill, build on previous experience, or take a class just for fun!

 

Our signature summer program for youth, Camp Kala, is filing up fast. We only have a few spaces available for your middle or high school students. If your kids love printing, drawing, painting and book making—Reserve a space today!

 

Educators, it’s time to do a little something for YOU this summer. Check out Access Points to Printmaking, Kala's professional development workshop that will get your creative juices flowing and help you structure great lesson plans for next year.

 www.kala.org

 


AXIS is looking for YOU!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

 YOU: looking for a new physical and creative endeavor

DANCE: the pursuit you haven’t yet considered 

You + Dance = AXIS Dance Company


AXIS seeks athletes and aspiring dancers with disabilities for an exciting and rewarding career path: DANCE

· Create, experiment and collaborate with fiery dancers

· Perform & Tour nationally
· Teach and Educate; Act as a powerful role model
· Impact people’s perceptions about dance and disability
· Live in a beautiful metro area that is a hub of the disability community

· Commit to a 2 year contract with salary and benefits

AXIS Dance Company, based in Oakland, CA, is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Founded in 1987, AXIS will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. 


Apply online at www.axisdance.org/apply 
Questions?  Email judy@axisdance.org


Oklnd Undrgrnd Visions of the Dark Traveler visits The Severed Talisman

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Oklnd Undrgrnd Visions of the Dark Traveler visits The Severed Talisman. See for yourself. Includes blood and adult subject matter. Viewer Discresion is advised.

www.severedtalisman.weebly.com


Berkeley Rep Wins A Grammy!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

For photos, interviews, videos, etc. contact:

Terence Keane, Director of Public Relations

(510) 647-2917, tkeane@berkeleyrep.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAST ALBUM FROM BERKELEY REP’S AMERICAN IDIOT WINS GRAMMY AWARD

FEBRUARY 13, 2011 – Tonight, at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, American Idiot – the raucous show that was born at Berkeley Repertory Theatre before bursting onto Broadway – won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Produced by Billie Joe Armstrong, the recording features Green Day and the original Broadway cast, who performed together on national television during last year’s Grammy ceremony. Reprise Records released the album on April 20, 2010, the same day the show began its Broadway run. The musical features music from Green Day’s most recent albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, both of which won Grammy Awards as well.

In the last nine years, Berkeley Rep has helped develop seven Broadway shows: American Idiot (2010), Bridge & Tunnel (2006), Ghetto Klown (2011), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (2009), Metamorphoses (2002), Passing Strange (2008), and Wishful Drinking (2009), which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Audio Book last year. Berkeley Rep also celebrated its second London transfer last fall: following in the footsteps of Continental Divide, which played at the Barbican in 2004, Tiny Kushner transferred to London’s Tricycle Theater in September.


The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey. The result, according to the Toronto Star, is “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

The Broadway engagement of American Idiot is produced by Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman in association with Berkeley Rep. The show made its world premiere in Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre in September 2009. Its record-breaking run brought in the biggest advance sale in the Theatre’s 42-year history, the biggest day at the box office, 18 of the top 20 days ever, and due to demand had to announce its first extension before it played its first performance. Now it’s rocking the St. James Theatre in Manhattan, which is located at 246 West 44th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

Green Day – vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool created one of the best-selling albums of all time with the groundbreaking rock opera American Idiot. Then the band collaborated with one of theatre's most acclaimed creative teams – Tony Award-winning director of Spring Awakening Michael Mayer, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and orchestrator Tom Kitt, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett – to bring this explosive, iconic story to the stage.


The show features Tony Award-winning scenic design by Christine Jones (Spring Awakening), costume design by Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (The Butcher of Baraboo), Tony Award-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams (Hair), sound design by Olivier and Obie Award-winner Brian Ronan (Cabaret), and video design by Darrel Maloney. The music director is Carmel Dean and Lorin Latarro is the associate choreographer. For more information, visit  AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a storefront stage to a national leader in innovative theatre. Known for its core values of imagination and excellence, as well as its educated and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968. The Theatre welcomes an annual audience of 180,000, serves 20,000 students, and hosts dozens of community groups, thanks to 1,000 volunteers and more than 400 artists, artisans, and administrators. With two stages, a school, and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep is proud to premiere exhilarating new plays.

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Terence Keane, Director of Public Relations
Berkeley Repertory Theatre... Break out of the ordinary!
2025 Addison Street / Berkeley, CA 94704
T: (510) 647-2917 / F: (510) 647-2910

For releases, photos, and more, visit www.berkeleyrep.org/press


RAW

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

RAW is coming to the east bay. Real exposure for working artists

submit your work here

http://www.rawartists.org


Local band donates album to Richmond Book Drive contributors

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

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It is an inspiring local story about local independent music, Christmas cheer and encouraging underserved Richmond students to read. 

 

Tyler Hester (27) is running a book drive for four Richmond, CA public high schools where he teaches (www.richmondbookdrive.com). He is a bright young teacher who wants to get his class excited about books because the students are not currently reading at grade levels. 

 

Pomplamoose (Bay Area indie musicians of YouTube fame) just completed an exclusive Christmas album that people can download for free if they donate a book to the drive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNM8g5ZZN0Y). They are hoping their millions of online fans will step up to support the effort. 

 

Here are some photos of books starting to arrive and the excited kids who will be reading them: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2289097&id=210362&l=226dafb87f

 

If you'd like more information about the project, please watch the video on www.richmondbookdrive.com.


Photography Exhibit by Mona Reeva

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

ElCerrito Art Association presents a Photography Exhibit by Mona Reeva, a Berkeley based photographer, at the El Cerrito Library  in El Cerito, CA from October 30, 2010 through January 6, 2011. Mona Reeva is a member of the El Cerrito Art Association, the Berkeley Camera Club and the Photography Society of America. She has exhibited with other photographers in several venues including Downtown Berkeley Storefront, Red Oak Realty and Solano Grill and Bar. This is her first solo show. A Reception will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the El Cerrito Library.

Included in the show are Creative, Nature, Landscape and Floral images. Two examples of her photographs are “Poppies and Olive Trees” taken on a trip to Greece and “Great Blue Heron with Fish” taken on a walk at Jewel Lake in Tilden Park.

 

 

 

For more information, contact Mona Reeva at 510.525.8556, or grnmtna@greenmountainartistry.com


Themes of Childress' play reflect her struggle

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Aurora Theatre Company opens its 19th season with Alice Childress’ vibrant, humorous, and heartbreaking look at racism through the lens of the theater, TROUBLE IN MIND. Set during the early years of the Civil Rights movement, this disconcerting yet disarmingly funny look at the inequalities of American life in the 1950’s highlights the half-truths we tell ourselves about race relations and societal progress in America.


ViolaMania

Monday, August 30th, 2010

See and be part of a whole lot of violists eating good food, listening to a great concert, and trying to set a record for the most violists playing the Telemann concerto at the same time.  Bring your viola and/or your ears and be prepared to be entertained!


Jazzschool Rising Stars Summer Noon Concerts

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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The Downtown Berkeley Association and Jazzschool present the Jazzschool Rising Stars Summer Noon Concerts, a series of four free concerts, Thursdays at noon beginning August 5, 2010  in downtown Berkeley.  Focused on jazz standards and original compositions, these concerts held in Bartlett’s Patio on Kittredge St. next to the Berkeley Public Library, showcase the Jazzschool’s Rising Stars summer workshop. The tenth year of these free outdoor summer celebrations is just a small sampling of the performing arts happening nightly in clubs, cafes, schools, theaters and concert halls in downtown Berkeley.

 

The Jazzschool is dedicated to the study and performance of America’s indigenous art form — jazz, and related styles of music from around the world. Founded in 1997, the Jazzschool is located in the historic Kress Building on the northwest corner of Shattuck and Addison streets, situated in the heart of the burgeoning Downtown Berkeley Arts District which houses a number of unique resources complementary to jazz study and performance including Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater, Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, East Bay Media Center, The Marsh, and the Art & Music Room in the Berkeley Public Library.

Hailed as one of the most comprehensive schools for jazz in the country, the Jazzschool offers instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and levels a broad spectrum of performance and lecture classes, short-term workshops and private instruction through two distinct educational programs: the Jazzschool Community Music School, encompassing the Adult Music Program and the Young Musicians Program, and the Jazzschool Institute, a post-secondary degree program offering a B.Mus in Jazz Studies. Classes are designed for the professional musician, the serious student, and the jazz aficionado seeking personal enrichment. Jazzschool Books and Records serves as a resource for first-rate reading and listening materials and provides students, educators, and the public with supplemental educational materials, out-of-the-ordinary books, recordings, videos and music-related accessories. The Jazzcaffè and The Jazz Image, a photography gallery featuring works by Lee Tanner, contribute to an intimate setting for faculty and student performances. The Jazzcaffè also serves as a gathering place for musicians and their families and friends to exchange ideas, listen to great music and enjoy a bite to eat. Grab food to-go from The Jazzcaffè or bring a brown bag lunch and join us each Thursday for these noon concerts.

 

These concerts are the warm up to the Downtown Berkeley MusicFest which runs August 20-29 on 10 nights, with over 40 performances, and at 10 venues in Downtown Berkeley. Enjoy diverse musical styles spanning bluegrass to salsa to rock and roll. These concerts have been made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi. Thanks to AT&T California for sponsorship.

 

Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley BART station two blocks from the concert site at 2020 Kittredge next to the Berkeley Public Library. For parking and transportation, or other information about Downtown, please visit www.downtownberkeley.org.  Seating will be available.  This event is produced and sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association and the downtown business community. The site is wheelchair accessible.


Public-art project strives to reveal the real East Oakland

Monday, May 31st, 2010


ArtsChange Summer Arts Workshops

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

ArtsChange announces open registration for free art workshops this summer for Richmond youth ages 14-21. Workshops range in content from writing and performance to aerosol art and are designed for all experience levels. For more info and to download a registration application please visit http://artschange.wordpress.com


East Bay Zip Code Free Days @ BAM/PFA

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

BAM/PFA ANNOUNCES ZIP CODE PROGRAM FOR NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES

Berkeley, CA, May 11, 2010—Thousands of East Bay residents will have two opportunities to visit the BAM/PFA galleries and also to attend L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA free of charge during the summer months of 2010.


2 Berkeley Rep plays garner 6 Tony nominations

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Two plays that premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre — "American Idiot" and "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" — received a total of six Tony nominations Tuesday. The development means that Green Day, the East Bay trio that rose from the ranks of 924 Gilman Steret regulars to global rock superstardom, can now add a Tony nomination to its list of accomplishments.

World Premiere of La Peña - Ayer, Hoy y Pa’lante

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

35th Anniversary Series Presents

Community history comes alive through music, song and spoken word!

La Peña Cultural Center Celebrates its 35th Anniversary with the World Premiere of

La Peña - Ayer, Hoy y Pa’lante

La Peña presents the world premiere of La Peña - Ayer, Hoy y Pa’lante, an original suite of music by three time Grammy nominee, Wayne Wallace with libretto by Aya de Leon and performed by the La Peña International Orchestra. This work, integrates La Peña oral histories, archival footage and photos into a contemporary musical suite about the social and cultural movements that make up the La Peña community.


Grupo Raiz reunites in Berkeley

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Grupo Raiz returns to the stage where they were born 30 years ago to celebrate La Peña's 35th anniversary.

La Pena's 35 Anniversary Gala Concert with Grupo Raiz

Saturday May 15, 2010. $20 adv. $25 dr. - 8pm
(Strongly recommend buying tix in advance)


La Peña Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

A local cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision. The 35th Anniversary Series Presents Like Brand New!
La Peña Celebrates its 35th Anniversary Main Event: Street Festival during June 5th, La Peña Day in Berkeley

Since 1975, La Peña has served as a community gathering space for people of diverse cultures; provided opportunities for artists to pass on specific cultural traditions, to create and perform work, while interfacing with and supporting diverse social movements. After 35 years, La Peña's mission of creating a welcoming & affordable space to promote cultural understanding, peace, solidarity, and community action through the arts and education remains as fresh and vital as ever: Like Brand New!


Collapse, Inspired by a Minnesota Tragedy, Will Get World Premiere in California

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Aurora Theatre Company announces productions for 19th season line-up.

Aurora Theatre to stage little-known Tennessee Williams play

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Aurora Theatre Company announces line-up for 19th season.

Berkeley's Aurora Theatre sets 2010-11 schedule

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company announces the line-up for its 19th season.

Oakland arts community rallying against proposed deep cuts

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

OAKLAND — The city's arts community may be able to breathe a bit easier.

City Council members were just about unanimous Thursday night in voicing opposition to cutting city arts grants by 50 percent as Oakland struggles to fill a budget gap of $43 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

But the council held off from actually voting on the plan.

The proposal to cut the grants would solve only about $500,000 of Oakland's general fund budget problems, but would have devastating effects for a city known as a haven for artists, supporters of the grants said.


Oakland artists: Budget cuts a too-common theme

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Oakland prides itself on its arts scene, a place where hip-hop thrives, Burning Man installations are born and strapped artists actually make a living.

But city funds that help keep many of the city's artists and organizations afloat are shriveling. City administrators have proposed halving the money for arts grants to help Oakland bridge a $42 million shortfall in its $400 million budget.


Richmond Silly Parade

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: RICHMOND SILLY PARADE

Time to get ready for the 4th Annual Richmond Silly Parade on Saturday, April 10th from 10:30 – 11:23 a.m. at the corner of 23rd and Macdonald. Come march with us, or bring the kids and chuckle.

Building on the success of the city’s great Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth events, the Richmond Silly Parade welcomes all Richmond families to celebrate our creativity and imagination and have fun.

Visualize once again the Synchronized Nap Team, the Portable Hibachi Grill Team, the Senior Citizen Dry-Water Swim Team, the World’s Only Windchime Band, and the Jennifer Lopez Look-Alike Brigade winding their way through downtown accompanied by djembes, kazoos, and glockenspiels.

So get together with your friends, neighbors, classmates, bowling league, union brothers and sisters, bridge club, or support group, and put together something silly. All you need is a prop (lawnmowers, baby strollers, fly swatters, aprons) and an idea.

As time marches on, the Richmond Silly Parade should grow and more attract more people to our city. Check out these other famous community spectacles: “The Doo Dah Parade” of Pasadena or “In the Heart of the Beast” in Minneapolis.

For information and free registration, or to help, contact richmondsillyparade@gmail.com or Michael Beer at 235-5519.


Slide Show Remembering the Storytelling Tea Party!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Patricia Bulitt, interdisciplinary artist/ dancer produced the annual women's and girls' tea party and storytelling ceremony in Berkeley. Come hear about this unusual, site specific performance where hundreds of women and girls came to share with others, their stories of women who influenced their life. Original prose, poetry, costumes, and inspiration. TIME: 7-830PM 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, 94804 Phone: ( 510) 620-6772

Paper Dress Making Workshops

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Patricia Bulitt, Guest Artist at the Richmond Art Center, will present a slide lecture on Friday, May 7 from 7-8:30PM on the annual storytelling tea party in Berkeley. ON Saturday, May 8, from 10-1PM will be a paper dress making workshop for adults. Family workshop to commemorate mother's day will be on May 8 from 2-4 PM --a free workshop. Contact Richmond Art Center: 510 620-6772

Paper Dress Making Workshops

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Remembering My Grandmother's Honey Cake: A Paper Dress Making Workshops for Women and girls ( 8 years old and older) attend a paper dress making workshop to commemorate a woman who influences your life! We will form a story telling circle, sharing our heroines. You will be given brown craft paper template to embellish as you wish. Location: LIve Oak Center, Live Oak Park, Berkeley TIME: 1-4PM Fee: $35-$65. per person. REGISTRATION NECESSARY: Contact: Patricia Bulitt, Artist. For 14 years she produced the women and girls tea party and storytelling ceremony in Berkeley! creek.dancer@earthlink.net

San Pablo Arts District Fund

Friday, March 5th, 2010

San Pablo Arts District Fund (SPAD), an Oakland based non-profit organization, begins its storefront art program with a collaborative installation by Oakland artist Michael Louis Young. 5512, a vacant storefront on San Pablo Avenue in economy-stricken North Oakland's Golden Gate District, is being transformed into SOS/SOL, a dynamic multimedia installation. SOS/SOL explores a narrative of sorrow and solitude on the high seas. The beautified storefronts lessen blight and undesired activities.

51 Years of Oakland's Fairyland

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The Big Bad Wolf has been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down for years. Honestly, doesn't he ever get tired? Not at Oakland's Fairyland, on the shores of Lake Merritt, where he's been keeping people of all ages entertained for 59 years with stories, rides and performances. And it's not just for kids - Adults can also take a journey through the magical world. Well as long as they bring a child. That's what reporter Dalia Cuenca found out, here's more.

Tomorrow's Sounds and Stars at Crowden

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Crowden Music Center shines a spotlight on exciting new music and emerging artists from the Bay Area this March, presenting a Crowden alumnus Sundays @ Four concert and two John Adams Young Composers Program events over the course of just four days, all featuring Crowden's special blend of outstanding classical music in an intimate, neighborly atmosphere.

AURORA THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS HENRIK IBSEN'S "JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN"

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Aurora Theatre Company presents Henrik Ibsen's fiercely relevant JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN. Written in 1896, and recently revived in a new version by David Eldridge at London's Donmar Warehouse to great critical acclaim, Ibsen's penultimate play is a pointed indictment of capitalism, selfish ambition, and greed. The Borkman family fortunes have been brought low by the imprisonment of John Gabriel Borkman, who used his position as a bank manager to speculate illegally with his clients' money, ultimately losing the financial investments of hundreds of people. After serving eight years in prison for embezzlement, Borkman has spent the last five years making plans for a comeback, pacing alone in an upstairs room. Meanwhile downstairs, his estranged wife and her sister vie for the loyalty of Borkman's only son. Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver, who directed the company's hit production of Ibsen's The Master Builder, returns to helm this drama about a family confined by an inescapable, unappeasable past, featuring James Carpenter and Karen Grassle.

Haitian musicians & dancers perform at Ashkenaz in two concerts to benefit Haiti earthquake relief

Friday, January 15th, 2010

TWO BENEFIT CONCERTS are planned at Ashkenaz in the coming weeks. Please help to spread the word:
  • January 28th: SOPHIS & KALBASS KREYOL (Afro-Haitian/Caribbean)
  • February 6th:MYSTIC MAN & LAKAY (Afro-haitian/Caribbean) with Afro-Haitian dance troupe RARA FUSION and a Haitian dance lesson before the show!

Alameda County Arts Commission Public Art Registries Open for Applications

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The Alameda County Arts Commission is now accepting applications for two new public art registries. There are opportunities for a wide range of artists to work on several upcoming projects, for contracts ranging from approximately $4,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is March 19, 2010.

Brief Encounter With Tony Taccone

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Tony Taccone photo by Kevin Berne Tony Taccone may very well be the most prominent artistic director in America right now.

Taccone has, for 12 years, been the head of Berkeley Rep in California's Bay Area. Always a respected company, the theatre has in the last few years rocketed to the top of the regional heap, turning out nationally prominent productions at an impressive rate.


Berkeley Library & La Pena Art Exhibit

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The Berkeley Library & La Peña present the work of Claudio Talavera-Ballon.

Mercurial Farid

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Playwright channels the spirit of Freddie Mercury at this week's Hecho en Califas Festival.

A Lot to Love About 'Fat Pig'

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This is LaBute at the best of his bad-boy sensitive mode. A provocative hit in New York in 2004... Barbara Damashek's Aurora staging is even richer, funnier and more disturbing. Damashek coaxes revelatory performances from a first-rate cast as she builds the action to an understated but affecting climax.

Crowden School in Berkeley Receives $365,000 Grant

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The Crowden Music School in Berkeley received a $365,000 gift from Jacqueline Hoefer Trust to renovate concert hall. State-of-the-art performance and recording space to be named the Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium at Crowden Music Center. http://www.crowden.org/About%20Us/PressReleases/HoeferPressRelease_FINAL .pdf

Mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond Jointly Launch East Bay Cultural Corridor and 510Arts.com Portal Website

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The Mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond convened a news conference and series of public events today to announce the launch of a nationally unprecedented public/private/community partnership that shines the spotlight on the arts and culture as proven catalysts for urban development, economic vitality, quality of life and community sustainability. Mayors Tom Bates of Berkeley, Richard Kassis of Emeryville, Ron Dellums of Oakland (represented by Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember-at-large, City of Oakland) and Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond together “flipped the switch” to launch the new portal website, 510Arts.com, that is the first pilot activity of the newly formed East Bay Cultural Corridor (EBCC). The day will culminate with public arts activities in the four partner cities that celebrate this forward-thinking arts and business alliance, which is designed to broaden awareness of the East Bay as one of the country’s most culturally rich and diverse arts regions. The 510Arts.com and EBCC launch coincide with the October 2 California Arts Day and National Arts & Humanities Month.

Call to Artists: Oakland - BART 17th Street Gateway

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The Oakland Public Art Program and the Oakland Redevelopment Agency are seeking an artist to collaborate on the transformation of an existing, strategically located public transportation entrance site into a memorable, distinctive arts-centered gateway for Oakland’s re-emerging Uptown arts and entertainment district. The qualified applicant will have demonstrated experience working with a six- or seven-figure budget, as part of a design team, on integrated architectural design, and preferably with experience in the creation of light-based / new media art installations project costs, including the artist’s design fees, is $600,000.

Statement of Operating Principles East Bay Cultural Cooridor

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

We, the Mayors of the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond have come together to state our strong commitment to strengthening the regional economy through creating the East Bay Cultural Corridor (EBCC). The intention of the EBCC is to heighten awareness of our cultural landscape, deepen the impact of the arts on their cities, and further the sustainability of artists and arts organizations through arts marketing, economic development and cultural tourism.

Four East Bay Cities Team Up In Nationally Unprecedented Arts Collaboration

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond Jointly Launch East Bay Culture Corridor and 510Arts.com Website October 2. Public/Private/Community Partnership Shines Spotlight on Diversity, Quality, Volume and Accessibility of Arts in the East Bay as one of America’s Highest Per Capita Arts Regions.

Berkeley's UC Theatre to become a concert venue

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

There was a time when just about every refrigerator in Berkeley was affixed with a UC Theatre schedule.

People went for the Swedish triple features, Hitchcock festivals and animation marathons. They donned wigs for Rocky Horror, brought umbrellas for "Singing in the Rain" and endured six-hour Samurai epics.

Now, nine years after the theater closed, Berkeley's refrigerators may soon be adorned once more with UC Theatre schedules, as the historic theater is reborn as a premier East Bay nightclub.


The Birth of Green Day's "American Idiot" Musical

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer reveal the Broadway bonding behind the punk-rock opera.

Mayor Bates Announces Public/Private Partnership for New Berkeley Film Foundation

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

City of Berkeley, Wareham Development, The Saul Zaentz Company Berkeley Convention, and the Visitors Bureau Establish a $100,000 Fund for Local Independent Filmmakers

Fall 2009 Emeryville City News and Activity Guide is Here!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The first half of the City News and Activity Guide provides everyone with important news such as the Bay Bridge closure, Marina construction, or Center for Community Life updates. The second half of the production is Emeryville’s resource for recreational activities, senior services, child development programs, free special events and much more. Hard copies can be found at all City facilities, many commercial facilities, and distributed to the local schools.

The City of Emeryville Bus Shelter Temporary Art Project

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The City of Emeryville launches its Bus Shelter Public Art Program during 510 Arts month. The project expands the reach of the City’s Art in Public Places Program to four bus shelters located throughout the city at 40th at Emery, Bay at Shellmound, Powell at Commodore and Hollis at 63rd Streets. Through a juried process, nine artists were chosen to exhibit images based on the theme of “flora and fauna,” a reference to the rich plants and wildlife that have been a part of the area over time. The selected artists and exhibition periods are, as follows: Nora Pauwels, October 2009-January 2010; Catherine Courtenaye, February 2010-May 2010; David D’Andrea, June-September 2010; Robert Ortbal, October 2010-January 2011; Lenore McDonald, February 2011-May 2011; Dean Hunsaker, June 2011-September 2011; Kevin Twomey, October 2011-January 2012; Laura Anderson, February 2012-May 2012; Shawna Peterson, June 2012-September 2012.

Artist's electrifying canvas in Emeryville

Monday, June 16th, 2008

It's getting harder to be noticed in the bulging, big tent of public art, but a project in tiny Emeryville (population 6,882) is causing heads to swivel.

Alan Osborne: Expressionist Enamel at The Richmond Art Center

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Sculptor Alan Osborne’s more than 40 enamel paintings on bronze and copper at The Richmond Art Center are brightly colored abstractions that illustrate his skill as sculptor, printmaker and painter.

The Craneway Pavilion Announces July 3rd Independence Day Celebration Featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The Craneway Pavilion, inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond, will host a patriotic celebration for the whole family featuring live music, food and fireworks at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

Richmond to celebrate 'grand re-opening' of Civic Center

Friday, August 28th, 2009

From the outside, Civic Center looks pretty much the same as it did when it opened in 1949. What's new is the fountain in the middle of the plaza. A fountain was in the original design renderings in the 1940s, said Steve Duran, community economic development director, but it was never built.

When the Gallery Is a Classroom

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

At the Oakland Museum in California, for example, where the collection spans art, history, the natural sciences and other disciplines, educators are showing schoolchildren how objects on exhibit are connected to their lives.

2010 Exhibition Proposals

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Pro Arts and Oakland Art Gallery are accepting proposals for group exhibitions. One proposal will be selected to be shown in the gallery during 2010. Participation is open to all artists and curators, of any age.

Oakland Museum of CA Reinventing Visitor Experience

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

$58 Million Campaign to Create Dynamic, Welcoming Exhibition Spaces New Art, History, and Natural Sciences Galleries

Oakland Museum of California Awarded $3.1M in New Grants

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

NEH, IMLS, Bechtel, James Irvine, and Kresge Foundations fund new models for visitor engagement and participation.

First Fridays and Oakland Art

Monday, August 24th, 2009

For those of you that have not experienced an Oakland First Friday, you are in for a treat. It is an evening when Oakland comes alive, there are people in the street, the coffee is flowing, as is the wine and good spirits. All of this over gallery openings on the first Friday of every month.

Newhouse: Oakland artist hardly old at 79

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Jose Ramon Lerma, son of a tomato farmer, won his first artists prize at 8. He knew right then that he would never take over the farm.

He needed to paint to escape that rural existence, and he needs to paint today to feel fulfilled, even though he's 79 and has led a full life.


Art cart spotlights neighborhood's diversity

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Twice a week for the past two months, artists Lisa Rasmussen and Lauren Odell Usher have pushed their big red art cart with its red-and-yellow umbrella to a different corner in the KoreaTown-Northgate district.

The cart is stocked with paper, crayons, pens, paint and charcoal for making art.


Oakland artists launch rocket at Burning Man

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The rumor at this year's Burning Man Festival was spreading. Was that 40-foot-tall rocket ship hailing from a West Oakland warehouse planted in the harsh desert soil going to launch?



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