Oakland is Proud

EastSide Arts Alliance

Funding Received: 2014
Oakland, CA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Oakland, CA (population 400,000) is currently planning a new Bus Rapid Transit route along International Boulevard. The East Side Arts Alliance (ESAA) has proposed creating and activating 5 cultural plazas on currently blighted properties along a 7-mile stretch of the route. Each of these plazas will be planned and implemented with a different set of neighborhood partners and each of which will be inaugurated with a unique, artist-led event before ESAA turns over the programming of the plaza fully to the neighborhood partners. The plazas will then be used for ongoing cultural events, marketplaces, video screenings, and other community gatherings.