The Storefronts Initiative

Art and artists have never been more valuable – or more endangered – than in 2020

Beginning in June, 2020, Oakland Art Murmur, in partnership with Immersive Arts Alliance,  local lease-holders and property owners in Oakland, will activate empty storefronts with art created by Bay Area artists.

Placing creative work in a storefront that would otherwise stand empty is an intervention of a special kind, inviting us to reflect on the way artists, art, and audience are put at risk by capitalism, even as we depend on joined commerce.

Each month, join us as artists install work in empty storefronts throughout the city. Help OAM and IAA continue this work by making a donation to the program. 100% of the proceeds will go towards artist compensation.


June 2020

 Sally Weber (Oakland)
Sally Weber, FLUX

Sally Weber, FLUX

As the first in our series, we present Sally Weber (Oakland) and her installation “Flux,” beginning June 3rd. “Flux” will appear through June at 9th and Broadway in Oakland, on the west side of Broadway. This storefront location is provided through the generosity of 11 West Partners (Oakland).




Coming Soon…

Nemo Gould

Nemo Gould with a Kinetic Sculpture

Artist Nemo Gould with a Kinetic Sculpture

Self-described “Chairman of the Hoard” Nemo Gould is a master accumulator, of both materials and building techniques alike. His work pushes the limits of found object art and challenges the viewer to experience art through interaction and experience. Gould received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998, and his MFA in sculpture from U.C. Berkeley in 2000.  His work is featured in museums and collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.





Joty Dhaliwal 

Joty Dhaliwal, Engineering the Self

Joty Dhaliwal, Engineering the Self

Joty Dhaliwal is an artist by nature, a philosopher by formal education, and a technical designer by profession. Her work examines relationships as a way of unmasking behaviors latent within natural, cultural and built systems. Her interests range from psychology and machine learning to micro-grids and mesh networks. In the past, she has largely worked with physical materials and 3D design. In the present, with electronics and signals.




Justin Charles Hoover

Justin Charles Hoover Shells and Bones

Justin Charles Hoover, Shells and Bones

Justin Hoover (胡智騰) works with time-based visual arts for community engagement and collective social actions. A curator and gallery director with a focus on exhibition production, participatory engagement design and public programming. This ranges from conventional white wall art shows in museums, galleries and art fairs, to black box screenings, popup happenings, performances, public art, and art in alternative contexts.


Aggregate Space Gallery

Non View of the Lake From Underground, Torreya Cummings

Torreya Cummings, Non View of the Lake From Underground


ASG provides emerging and mid-career artists with opportunities to take great risks and, in so doing, engage viewers in new and dramatic ways. ASG encourages bold projects of this kind, and then helps make them possible by enlisting the team’s technical knowledge in service of the artist’s vision.



Pro Arts Gallery and Commons

Jessica Feldman, Flight from NYC to Porto, 2016, video still from Hold Up Half the Sky

Jessica Feldman, Flight from NYC to Porto, 2016, video still from Hold Up Half the Sky

Pro Arts collaborates with artists, cultural organizers, activists and art commoners on the co-creation of critical discourse and deep reflections of the world we live in, through the traditional format of exhibitions, site-specific projects and presentations, and related event series (such as discussions, music series, conferences, screenings, talks, research-based projects, short-term residencies, published work, etc.)