An important article to share and an honest and stark look at the struggles facing creative spaces for artists, particularly Black artists and artists of color in Oakland. While articles like these can make you feel disheartened, they can also inspire by shining a light on the tireless work that women like Ashara Ekundayo | @blublakwomyn , founder/curator of @asharaekundayogallery and Maria García Pacheco of @oaklandartistcollective are doing, creating accessible spaces and opportunities for Oakland artists to thrive. We thank you for that deep commitment to this community, and honor the positive change making that we see happening in our city, despite the challenges.
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Today is the last day to see CONJUNCTION: @omiarts Summer Studios Group Show @asharaekundayogallery.
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Repost • @asharaekundayogallery This article highlights some of the very real challenges facing artists and art spaces in the wake of the gentrifying landscape that is #Oakland and also shines light on our founder/curator #AsharaEkundayo @blublakwomyn and our beautiful work at the @omiarts #SummerStudios project that provided Intentional, affordable, accessible Studio Space for 3 Black Womxn Artists over the summer. Their group show #CONJUNCTION closes this Friday, Aug 23rd.. Thanks @chroniclesofazu and @thebolditalic for the piece! “Bay Area artists of color who call Oakland home say that the evolving landscape — call it change or gentrification — may be appealing to the wealthier transplants, who are often moving to Oakland for tech jobs. Yet it has taken a toll on the galleries and artists already reeling from the city’s cuts to arts funding.” #Oakland #art #gentrification #BlackArt #Blackwomen #Blackwomenartists #culturalfunding #nextphase