Oakland Grown.org Blog

Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

CBS Video: Holiday Buy Night Day 1 ,

Day 1 (Thursday 12/10/09)

Featuring a profile of Yazi Rose clothing and spotlighting Oaklandish and Oakland Unwrapped c0-founder Erin Kilmer-Neel!

Reported by Sherri Hu:


Join us for Day2 TONGHT Friday 12/11/09 from 5-10pm in the Jack London Market



Oakland “Holiday Buy Night” offers indie Christmas shopping choices

Oakland Tribune by Angela Woodall

Shoppers looking for big-screen TVs and video game consoles at the “Holiday Buy Night” on Jack London Square Thursday and Friday night would be disappointed. But the waterfront market would be just the place to find hand-printed T-shirts, plates with scenes of Oakland, dresses, a menorah carved from stone, stationary, handcrafted jewelry, candles, boxes, bowls, baby blankets and unique offerings that no Walmart could come close to…

Read more here


Holiday Buy Night at Jack London Square Thursday and Friday ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 6:41 pm

SFGate.com In Oakland Blog Posted by V Smoothe

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Yeah, neither have I.

If you still have a long list left to complete, relax. This Thursday and Friday, Jack London Square and Oakland independent businesses are teaming up to make your holiday shopping easy, fun, and sustainable.


The Compound Gallery Presents: Art in a Box ,

Most of us like surprises and wish we had more time to appreciate and possibly own art. Following the concept of wine clubs and produce box subscriptions here is Art in a Box! Read more about The Compound Gallery and this service here.


Midtown Oakland Arts District: first friday art walk ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 10:38 pm

from Pro Arts website

A great way to get acquainted with the growing art scene in Oakland by walking the  Midtown Oakland Arts District on First Friday every month. Stop by Pro Arts located in the Oakland Art Gallery to pick up maps and directories for art related events all month in Downtown, Uptown and Midtown Oakland as well as across the East Bay!


Holidayland 2009 ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Events,Holiday Shopping — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 2:14 pm



featuring local artists, designers and crafts people


6608 San Pablo Avenue

Oakland, California 94608

November 27 – December 20, 2009

Opening Reception:
*Plaid Friday, November 27th 6-9pm

First Friday Reception:
Friday, December 4th, 6-10pm
additional holiday cheer events Dec 13th and 20th 4-8pm

This is our 4th annual Holiday sale featuring over 100 local artists, designers and crafts people. This gift sale has become a Blankspace tradition and for the second year we will be joining forces with The Compound Gallery located next door to create a holiday Extravaganza!

For more information visit the Blankspace Gallery Website

Plaid Friday is the indie business alternative to Black Friday in the Bay Area. This day is designed to help raise awareness about shopping local and supporting the local economy.

Plaid Friday celebrates the diversity and creativity of Bay Area independent businesses.
Help us celebrate by supporting participating shops on Friday, November 27th and throughout this Holiday season. Wear plaid on November 27th to show your support while shopping at participating businesses.


Make Us Hungry Photo Contest ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Events,Food and Drink,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:59 pm


From the OakBook

These are probably not fancy dishes. They might not be hard to prepare. They might not be particularly good for you, if you’re counting calories or cholesterol. But they are the meals that connect the stomach and heart.  It’s different for everyone. Your grandmother’s chicken, your father’s lumpia, your best friend’s brisket, the carnitas from the local taco truck – one taste and you know you are where you’re supposed to be. The OakBook is asking student photographers (ages 20 and younger) to document the chefs whose cooking tastes like home.

Shoot ’em rolling, stirring, searing, roasting, paring, folding. Capture the steam rising from the pot, the fingers flashing over the cutting board. Color or black and white, digital or film, shoot in whatever style you want, just make our stomachs growl. Make us hungry. Winners of the juried contest will have their work displayed at Art@TheOakBook gallery in Jack London Square during the Eat Real Festival, which runs from August 28 to August 30.

With the motto, “Putting the food back in fast,” the Eat Real Festival is a celebration of tasty, healthy, “sustainable street food.” Imagine the food concourse at the State Fair designed by a Slow Food-schooled East Bay foodie. In this instance, the East Bay foodie is Anya Fernald, who dreamed up the Eat Real Festival after organizing last year’s Slow Food Nation in San Francisco. To learn more about her, read this profile in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
Submissions can be sent electronically to editors@theOakBook.com or by mail to 423 Water Street, Oakland Ca 94607. The deadline is August 12, 2009. If you have any questions, give us a call at 510-761-3418.


Art Project Celebrates Local History, Seeks to Bring Communities Together ,

I’m really fortunate to be an ambassador to this great project dedicated to parks and history in Downtown Oakland. Read more about the 10,000 Steps project here.



The 10th Annual Oakland Poetry Slam B.o.B. (Battle of the Bay) ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 2:23 pm

This event is happening during next Thursday’s 6/18/09 Uptown Unveiled party.

From the Facebook event link:
It’s going ON in June y’all. You just don’t know… yet. See, every year since ’99 Oakland has proudly sent a team to represent the Town at The National Poetry Slam. Each year The Oakland Slam, along with their Bay Area counterparts, has hosted a competition called the Battle of The Bay (B.o.B.) to further hone their formidable skills and strategy. The B.o.B. is a series of team Slams with events thrown by venues in Oakland, SF, Berkeley & San Jose.



Call for Artists – Oakland Artists Only! ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Made in Oakland,News — RIKA @ 3:43 pm

*********CALL FOR ARTISTS*********

Artist & Community Initiated Public Art Project

Open to Oakland Artists Only!

Total Funds Available: $100,000

Application Deadline: June 29, 2009

Download Application Here: http://www.oaklandculturalarts.org/main/documents/OaklandOpenProposalsCallforEntriesII.pdf

Should you have any questions about the Open Proposals program, please email Steven Huss, Public Art Coordinator @ shuss@oaklandnet.com

Join the public art mailing list to learn about future public art opportunities in Oakland! Send an email, including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address to Kristen Zaremba, Assistant Public Art Coordinator @ kzaremba@oaklandnet.com