MISSION & VISION
The mission of the Oakland Art Murmur is to increase awareness of and participation in the visual arts in Oakland through collective marketing and public programming.
Oakland Art Murmur’s vision is for Oakland to be recognized as a nationally and internationally-known and respected contemporary art destination.
OAM organizes a free monthly First Friday gallery walk, known as ‘The Art Murmur’, when 21 member galleries and 9 mixed-use venues are open to the public and hold artists receptions. This takes place on the first Friday of the month from 6–9 pm.
Most member galleries also participate in the weekly Saturday Stroll, when 18 galleries and 7 mixed-use venues are open every Saturday from 1– 5pm. Many galleries also host free cultural programs such as receptions, artist talks, lectures, musical performances, and literary readings on Saturdays.
OAM offers a monthly Guided Walking Tour, on the third Saturday of each month, when a gallery director or other prominent member of the Oakland Art Community takes visitors to 3-5 galleries for presentations from curators or artists about their current shows. Tours are themed and take place 2–4pm.
OAM distributes printed maps of galleries and exhibition spaces that are open on First Friday and on Saturday.
OAM also maintains this web site, which offers detailed information about current exhibitions and events.
OAM also offers supporters access to special events and discounts at member galleries and cultural partners through our Friends of OAM program.
OAM member venues exhibited over 1200 artists in more than 400 exhibitions in 2012, to an estimated 84,000 visitors.
OAM ran 14 free public walking-tours in 2012, introducing hundreds of visitors to Oakland’s galleries and the artists they show, while educating them about topics such as ceramics, drawing, textile approaches in art, starting a collection, street art in Oakland, and trends in contemporary art.
OAM member venues offered over 100 free Saturday programs for the public during the year, including artists talks, panel discussions, curator’s introductions, artists performances, concerts, film screenings, art demonstrations, and book signings.
OAM continues to contribute to the economic health and reputation of downtown Oakland by filling storefronts, attracting new visitors and residents to the area, and providing a positive and engaging cultural experience for those who come.
OAM also supports its community by generating not only local but also regional, national, and international press attention to Oakland, providing good-news stories about the city’s thriving art scene and cultural renaissance.
Oakland Art Murmur began as an acknowledgment by eight arts spaces located in the Northgate and Temescal neighborhoods that a cooperative effort to promote the arts in the region would garner more attention for their individual visual art programs. This led to the first First Friday Art Walk in January 2006, when all participating spaces (which then included 21 Grand, 33 Grand, Auto 3321, Boontling Gallery, Buzz Gallery, Ego Park, Front Gallery, and Rock Paper Scissors Collective) held concurrent receptions. The gallery walk grew over the years, and Oakland Art Murmur now includes twenty-one galleries and nine mixed-use art spaces clustered along the Telegraph and Broadway corridors between 27th street and Jack London
Along side Oakland Art Murmur’s first-Friday gallery walk, a popular street festival, known as Oakland First Fridays, has also evolved, which includes street performances, food and craft vending, one-night art installations, receptions and shows at art venues who are not associated with OAM. This event is currently managed by Oakland First Fridays (www.oaklandfirstfridays.org) with infrastructure support from the City of Oakland and the KONO and Uptown CBDs. Together, Oakland First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur attract up to 20,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, BART riders, and car-poolers, from across the Bay Bridge and beyond the Caldecott tunnel on that one evening a month.
With First Friday so successful, the OAM organization has turned its energies in the last year to bringing visitors to the galleries on other evenings and days, raising awareness about Oakland’s galleries and artists among audiences outside of Oakland, and building relationships with other cultural institutions and patrons, both in Oakland and beyond.
Oakland Art Murmur is a non-profit California public-benefit corporation, run by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is fiscally-sponsored by Fractured Atlas, and receives tax-deductable donations through them. Its day-to-day operations are managed by a part-time (one day/week) Executive Director, currently Danielle Fox, who is supported by Membership Program Coordinator Dalya Sachs, Designer Jason Kulp, Gallery Liaison Marianna Stark, and a team of wonderful volunteers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marshall Lamm, President (Director of MLPR, a public relations firm)
Danielle Fox, Vice President (Director of SLATE contemporary gallery and SLATE art consulting)
Pamela Ostroff, Secretary (Senior Counsel, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
Ron Scrivani, Treasurer (Property owner – Warehouse 416)
Daniel Schacht, Legal Advisor (Attorney, Donahue, Gallagher, Woods)
Roderick Kiracofe, Community Relations Advisor (Art collector, curator, and former property manager)
Dalya Sachs, Fundraising and Events Advisor (Fundraising consultant)
HONORARY ADVISORY COUNCIL
For general inquiries, email email@example.com
For press inquiries, please contact Danielle Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org