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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

BREAKING NEWS: Oakland’s Arts Face Deep Cuts ,

East Bay Express Art / Breaking News / Business Kathleen Wentz —  Fri, Mar 26, 2010

And if the proposed 50 percent cuts are approved, it will undoubtedly put a strain on an already-strained arts community. “I don’t know what they’re thinking,” said Margo Dunlap, chair and co-founder of the Oakland Cultural Trust, an association of Oakland art organizations and artists, and executive director of Pro Arts, which receives funding through the program. “This is a time for trimming the budget, not for eliminating infrastructure. A 50-percent cut is one stroke from eliminating the entire program.”

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4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards – It’s nomination time! ,

More info at http://oaklandunwrapped.org/indies/

Please take a few minutes to nominate the Oakland
business or artist(s) that inspired you this year.

Nominations Due by March 24

Click here

Save the date!
Come to the Awards Party May 14

Cheer on the winners as you enjoy food from
over 20 different Oakland restaurants, local beer, wine, tea,
coffee, and chocolate, DJ spinning Oakland music,
cool products from Oakland Unwrapped stores, and more!

Friday, May 14, 2010
5:30 – 9:00pm

Jack London Pavilion
(Formerly Barnes & Noble)
98 Broadway, Oakland

Tickets

Early Bird Tickets
$15 each or 2 for $25

After April 1
$20 each

Buy Tickets here

Getting there:

Bike valet
by East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Parking
Available in Jack London Square

Bus
Accessible by Multiple AC Transit Lines

Ferry
Docks at Jack London

Spread the Word!

Indie Awards on Facebook
Find the Indies on Facebook

Sponsor the Event!

Help support this inspiring event, and get
exposure in front of Oakland lovers, businesses,
nonprofits, policy makers, bankers, investors, and more!
See our sponsor details and packet here

Volunteer

Opportunities available prior to and day of event!
Contact Andrea Walker for more details.
510.663.2253 x301
awalker@onecalfoundation.org

Support the Oakland community when you shop
Oakland Unwrapped!: Oakland’s Online Marketplace

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

Directory of East Bay Arts + East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010 ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:48 pm

Pro Arts
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Directory of East Bay Arts
+ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010

Expand your Audience!
Prepare work for Sale!
Network with Artists, Patrons, Curators and Galleries!
Exhibit in the Gallery!
Oakland/East Bay Artists: Be part of the largest art event in the region. After nearly 30 years, Pro Arts’ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS continues to bring over 50,000 visitors from all over the Bay Area to local artists’ studios for the opportunity to see the best art made in the East Bay. The annual Directory of East Bay Arts extends the reach of the event and provides a year-long reference, a Who’s Who guide for artists. Artists choose “Open By Appointment Only”, or open for OPEN STUDIOS.

Artist Deadline: February 20, 2010

REGISTER ONLINE NOW
More Info:  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

SAVE THE DATE! Open Studios is June 5 – 6 and June 12 – 13, 2010

Artist Entry Includes

* Full Color Artist Listing in 60+ page magazine (circ. 60,000)
* Inclusion on Map
* Web Page for one year with 8 images and Artist Statement
* Professional development workshops on framing, marketing and more,
* Exhibit space in the Preview Exhibition
* Online Gallery and Maps, and more

Together, the Directory of East Bay Arts and East Bay OPEN STUDIOS serve as essential resources for artists to cultivate new audiences for their work.  Spread the word! For more information, go to  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

New in 2010:  Announcing Pro Arts, Berkeley Art Center and Richmond Art Center to collaborate in the presentation of the 2010 East Bay OPEN STUDIOS Preview Exhibition. This ‘living catalog’ of over 400 artworks will be shown across three of the East Bay’s most celebrated arts spaces in May/June: Berkeley Art Center, Richmond Art Center, and Pro Arts.

About Pro Arts
Pro Arts provides critical access to contemporary art in Oakland and the Bay Area through its independent curated exhibitions, capacity-building artist services, open studios, juried programs, and diverse collaborative programs. In addition to serving as an advocate for regional artists, Pro Arts offers youth and community programs to further engage art audiences that reflect innovative artistic expression, and the rich cross-section of cultures, ethnicity, age, and race in the Oakland/Bay Area. Last year Pro Arts exhibited 690 artists and produced 62 events drawing an annual audience of 65,000. Additionally, Pro Arts provides professional art services to partnering institutions, and provides fiscal sponsorship to artists.

Pro Arts supports the arts within communities by serving the ongoing needs of artists.
http://www.proartsgallery.org

 

Oakland Museum Online ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 3:49 pm

While the Oakland Museum is closed for renovations there are a couple of ways to visit online.

In celebration of Oakland’s 150th anniversary, the Oakland Museum of California presents over 7000 Oakland objects from its California Collections. These include historical photographs, paintings, documents, objects, all about Oakland, the city founded on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in 1852. Explore Oakland’s neighborhoods, walk the shoreline, stand atop city hall and look all around.

Go here

Dia de los Muertos (:-X

This ning site allows anyone to experience Day of the Dead all year long. Photos, blog posts, videos created in Oakland and in Mexico make up this site.

Visit here

 

Local Designer’s Career Mushrooms on Project Runway ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:14 pm

EastBayExpress.com Ellen Cushing

Project Runway returned last night for its seventh season, and among the 16 contestants was some homegrown talent: Amy Sarabi of Oakland. According to a CoCo Times profile of her, Sarabi moved to Oakland at eighteen and studied at Diablo Valley College before graduating from California College of the Arts.

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More Bands Are Chasing Fewer Bucks ,

East Bay Express

This article as well as the comments paint an ominous picture of what is happening to the Bay Area and Oakland indie music scene. Well, at least what is left of it…

Support your independent music venues and music stores. Their existence depends on us. -TTR

EastBayExpress.com by David Downs     Additional Reporting by Kathleen Wentz

There’s music everywhere. Money? Not so much.

In these tech-savvy, DIY times, the spectrum of a band’s economic options has widened to include more ways of doing business. Bands can write, record, distribute, and market music globally for next to nothing. If you’ve got the hooks, the Internet can make you a big fish fast. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more dollars. In fact, if anything, it’s become even harder for bands to make a living.

Read the article here

 

Oakland art space drowning in City permit fees, asking for help

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Ideas,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 3:33 pm

NIMBY

SFGate.com In Oakland Blog by V Smoothe

It’s been quite the year for Oakland art space NIMBY.  After a fire last fall forced the West Oakland industrial art facility to close, NIMBY managers regrouped, raised a bunch of money , and a few months later, secured themselves a shiny new space in East Oakland. It looked like the story had a happy ending, and everyone celebrated, just a little bit too soon.