“Art in Oakland is different than art in other places,” Moss Kardener told BARTable. “Oakland has always had a political voice as a community and in the artwork, and we support a lot of emerging artists.”

Kardener is vice president of the Oakland Art Murmur (OAM) Board of Directors, and the small but far-reaching organization behind the Oakland First Friday Art Walk has been promoting the local art scene for more than a decade.

The debut First Friday Art Walk (aka The Art Murmur) took its inaugural steps in Uptown Oakland in January of 2006; it was the brainchild of a group of neighborhood galleries hoping to create a buzz and lure an audience. That simple monthly first Friday event blossomed to attract people from all over the East Bay and San Francisco.

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