The Oakland Art Murmur is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting that occurred in Oakland’s Uptown area earlier this month. We offer our prayers to the families of the victims. We also offer our prayers to the city of Oakland, the state of California and the entire country. This is another example of the epidemic gun violence erupting across America.

The Oakland Art Murmur and the First Friday Street Festival are the products of communities coming together to showcase the best of what people create together. The Oakland Art Murmur is a nonprofit art gallery association that runs a gallery walk on First Fridays from 6-9pm. Alongside that, the city of Oakland has been closing down a section of Telegraph Avenue for a street festival on a monthly basis. The City has been providing security for the street festival that they have been permitting. We believe that art can transcend social, racial and politcal issues, and we will continue to offer a positive and engaging cultural experience for visitors to our member galleries, showcasing over 1,200 artists in nearly 300 exhibitions every year.