Oakland is getting recognition for its vibrant cultural production, a momentum that is culminating in a visible creative economy driving renewal in the downtown.
ArtPlace called Popuphood and I had a chance to share my perspective on changes in infrastructure, funding, economics, and demographics that contributed to this shift. But it can be summed up very simply. People want to move here, live here and stay here. I have heard many many times from families, business owners and artists that they began to question why they lived in Oakland but commuted to a job elsewhere. They understand that living in Oakland was also an opportunity to invest and began to open their gallery, business, studio or office in Oakland instead of San Francisco. The reason goes beyond the bottom line, sure Oakland is much more affordable. It goes right to the heart of the matter, people open up a business and invest in their communities because that is where their home is. And home is where the heart is, and we hella love Oakland. I'm still here.
What this report means for Oakland is that we are part of a network of other cities, a federal funding structure and institutional resources. For example, the Artplace forum hosted by Pro Arts revealed a willingness on behalf of Artplace to share some of the data and findings, like indicators and metrics found in the report, to art groups. This would benefit arts organizations with limited resources by saving time and money. This would function as an impact multiplier and support the open data movement in cities across the country. To read more, see below.
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Art Place Blog Post Excerpt: Art is inspiring and motivating. But it is also a powerful catalyst for change within communities, invigorating neighborhoods, supporting local businesses, and creating vibrant places. America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating places where people—residents and visitors—want to be. Link to full press release here.
“The impact the arts have had on the social and economic vibrancy and economy of these communities is unmistakable,” noted Carol Coletta of ArtPlace. “This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.” Carol Coletta
America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces for 2013 are:
Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / The Third Ward
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle
Photo: Sarah Filley, popuphood in Old Oakland
I wanted to share this article The Future’s Just Not That Into You posted last month. In it David Zach spells out "A few ideas on how to meet the future on your own terms." Here at popuphood we believe in creating our own future, as innovators, as entrepreneurs, and as active citizens. Take #3 "Small is still Beautiful." This rings true as we started in a small historical neighborhood with five vacancies on one block in Oakland. Each business is a hyper local microcosom showcasing the creativity and beauty of the hand made, celebrating the independent labels, local micro-manufacturing and the small design studios. They may have started small and lean and temporary. Yet the collective cumulative impact of this one block on Oakland over the last year has been BIG. This is the new economy, one that aggregates simultaneous small gestures towards remaking a neighborhood, a city, a new future. Local small businesses competes with big box retail, neighborhoods come alive, and a city reinvents its local economy--it is not so far in the future, its happening now. Below David Zach outlines 6 more ideas. It is meant for continued innovation in architecture, yet #5 hints that blurring boundaries between disciplines yields the clearest path to the horizon line. 1. Entrepreneurial wealth creation2. Life-work planning3. Small is still beautifulA brilliant retort to the age of just about everything being bigger is to be a bit smaller. Think local. Think sooner rather than later. Think yours, not everyone else’s. There’s an appropriateness of scale that gets lost in the gloss of globalization. Search for resources that will help you secure your own familiar and familial piece of the world. The Lt. Governor of Idaho, Brad Little, said “Small ideas are as important as big ideas.” Yes, please. What’s the big idea for your generation? How about a lot of small, livable ideas? Your generation of small ideas may do more for designing a viable future than so many of the big ideas we’ve been keeping on financial life support. Fight the notion of things being too big to fail, because that arrogance requires too many other things to be too small to succeed. All great things start small.
4. Amateur practice
5. Think into other boxes
6. Engage the past
7. Put work in its place
@sarahfilley for popuphood
This morning we had Oakland Pride for breakfast!
Thank you to the Downtown Oakland Association for honoring us with the Spirit of the District award at the 3rd Annual Breakfast.
Everyone there was celebrating what's right in Oakland. Congratulations to the amazing folks also honored this morning, including our partners in popuphood, Peter Sullivan Associates and Maritin Ward!
2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour...Next stop Oakland June 1st!
We are pleased to announce the newest addition to popuphood in Old Oakland, CA. Join us June 1st. (First Friday) to meet our new friends at the Brooklyn Art Library
of Art House Co-op. We love the vibrant sketchbook community in the Bay Area like Live Art (started right here in Old Oakland) and sketch Tuesdays at Minna in SF so we invite you all to come out and expand your sketch community beyond the Bay to get inspired by the global reach collected in this library!
The 2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour kicked off April 14th at the Brooklyn Art Library, featuring thousands of friends sketchbooks contributed by artists from more than 100 countries.
Over the course of 2012, the Sketchbook Project Tour will visit 15 cities in four countries, bringing handmade artists' books to art spaces around the world.
The Sketchbook Project is a mobile library of artists’ sketchbooks contributed by thousands of creative people from across the globe. The Project encourages artists from diverse backgrounds ― working artists, full-time parents, busy professionals, students ― to share their process with each other and the public. Participants sign up online to receive a blank sketchbook, then fill it with artwork and mail it back. The results are cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library's permanent collection, displayed online in the Digital Library, and exhibited at museums and arts festivals from coast to coast. The Project demonstrates the power of collaboration: When 10,000 people get together with a common purpose, we can create something uniquely awesome.2012 World Tour
2012 Tour Stops include: Chicago, Portland (OR), Vancouver, Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, Portland (ME), Toronto, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, Austin, London and Melbourne. See complete details here: www.arthousecoop.com/sketchbookproject2012
.Sketchbook Project 2013 is now open
The Sketchbook Project 2013 just opened for new participation, so that patrons inspired by the World Tour can join this worldwide creative experience right now.
Please visit us online for details: www.sketchbookproject.com
.About Art House Co-op
Art House is an independent, Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavor is the Sketchbook Project: an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists' books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. We also operate the Brooklyn Art Library, our storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, as a home for all of our projects.
Art House began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, our small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 60,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, Art House nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.