Oakland Art Murmur launched the famous first-Friday gallery-walk known as Art Murmur in 2006. We continue to coordinate and promote events inside our members’ brick-and-mortar venues.
We do not coordinate any street activity in Oakland on First Friday.
Artists often write to us asking, “How do I get my work shown at Art Murmur?” The answer is that Oakland Art Murmur does not show artists. Art Murmur’s member galleries do show artists (cumulatively, OAM’s member galleries showcase over 1260 artists in nearly 300 exhibitions a year, presenting them to audiences in the thousands). However, the individual galleries fund those shows themselves, and so it is they who select who they are going to make that investment in. To be shown in any of the Art Murmur galleries, you would need to develop a relationship with the gallery or art venue and ask them to represent you, just like at any other gallery in the world.
Press Release: Community pulls together to coordinate vending and performance on First Fridays
AUGUST, 2012: A new community coalition of vendors, musicians, business-owners, residents, CBD, and City representatives are coordinating street closures and special areas for vending and performance on Telegraph Ave in Uptown, for October and November 2012, under the collective name of Oakland First Fridays. The project involves closing Telegraph to traffic between 19th-20th street, and Grand-27th street. (Side-streets will be open to local traffic-businesses and residents-only).
As Oakland’s impromptu First Friday Street Festival has grown alongside Oakland Art Murmur’s popular Gallery Walk, the need for more space and services for pedestrians, vendors, and performers has grown as well. While all of the community’s various stakeholders have always agreed that the street event is a positive experience that should be supported, no one has wanted to see something that originally started as a grass-roots event managed by a single private entity. The First Fridays Community Coalition is a great solution to this problem, bringing together individuals from across many communities to manage various aspects of the event on a volunteer basis, and bringing donated resources from the CBDs (such as a web site, portapotties, dumpsters, and ambassadors) together with resources from the City (street closure permit, barriers, and security).
Community Coalition meetings are open and take place weekly. For more information about meetings, street closures, vending, performing, please see OaklandFirstFridays.org.
Alongside the First Friday Street Festival, Oakland Art Murmur still holds its monthly Gallery Walk (as it has every First Friday, for the last six years) from 6-9pm.