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Oakland Art Murmur Launches Oakland Originals(TM) Artist Profiles Series

03-03-2020 10:49 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Oakland Art Murmur

Fernando Reyes at work in his studio

Fernando Reyes at work in his studio

Oakland has earned a reputation as a thriving art scene and cultural city. By the numbers,
Downtown Oakland has 161 arts and culture businesses, institutions and nonprofits and 184
murals, according to the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP). It's also an area experiencing dramatic development, with thousands of housing units opening or under construction, and intense competition for commercial and office space. Changes to the built environment, along with downtown's changing socio-economic population and gentrification introduce challenges - but also new creative opportunities - to nonprofits, galleries,
venues and other cultural resources.

Oakland Art Murmur is launching a
support and celebration of the many artists, curators and gallerists not only surviving, but
thriving today. Some are new, some planted roots decades ago. The face of Oakland arts may
be evolving - occupying new physical spaces and digital formats - but it's stronger and more
diverse than ever.

Monthly, Oakland Art Murmur will highlight powerful stories of individuals and organizations, shedding light on these vibrant expressions of diversity, culture and community here in Oakland.

The Oakland Originals(TM) Artist Profiles Series will:
? Capture real stories from artists, curators and gallerists to tell their stories in a positive light
? Curate and regularly disseminate stories - in video and written format - across owned and
earned channels
? Lean into current news to talk about local changes in a positive light

Profiles can be found at:
https://oaklandartmurmur.org/oakland-originals/

Oakland Art Murmur
490 Lake Park
PO Box 10112
Oakland, 94610-9991
510-842-6876
oaklandartmurmur.org
Press Contact:
Jean Marie Durant
director@oaklandartmurmur.org

Since our beginnings in 2006, Oakland Art Murmur (OAM) has connected thousands of artists in thousands of exhibitions to over 1,000,000 visitors.

We believe that People Power Art and our mission is to connect all members of the public to Oakland's Artists and Art spaces. Our vision is for Oakland to become a thriving art ecosystem and creative economy.

OAM supports its community by generating not only local, but also regional, national, and international attention to Oakland, providing good-news stories about the city's thriving art scenes and cultural renaissance.

Oakland Art Murmur (OAM) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, run by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by talented contractors and volunteers.

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