This year, The Bay Area Mural Festival is teaming up with Visit Oakland to put on the Oakland Mural Festival as part of the first ever Oakland Art Month. The Oakland Mural Festival will bring together master muralists and Oakland youth through a series of artist residencies and workshops culminating in the painting of at least 9 new murals in Jack London District of Oakland.
The week long festival will end with a closing celebration in Jack London Square on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 12pm-5pm with community painting, performances by local musicians and dancers, kids activities. We will have bike tours of the new murals, which will have free admission and be open to the public. The exact mural sites are yet to be confirmed but check back with us in May for a mural map! More information on the closing celebration, and artist lineup will be available soon.
The Oakland Mural Festival, presented by Bay Area Mural Festival is the same festival we have put on the past two years but with a slight name change. This is to be sure folks know this event is happening in Oakland, but we have the same community oriented approach. Think of this as the Oakland edition of BAMFest.
Oakland Mural Festival will use the mural arts to engage East Bay youth, local Bay Area artists and the Oakland community through beautification and placemaking activities. The festival will call attention to social issues, honor the legacy of Oakland’s historically industrial waterfront, and celebrate Oakland’s cultural identity.