MISSION & VISION
The mission of Oakland Art Murmur is to ignite and nurture a lifelong love and appreciation of art. Through public programming and community outreach, we increase awareness of and participation in the visual arts in Oakland.
Oakland Art Murmur’s vision is for Oakland to be recognized as a nationally and internationally-known and respected contemporary art destination.
OAM organizes a free monthly First Friday gallery walk, known as ‘The Art Murmur’, when member galleries and mixed-use venues are collectively open to the public and hold artists receptions. This takes place on the First Friday of the month from 6–9pm.
Most member galleries also participate in the weekly Saturday Stroll, when galleries and mixed-use venues are open every Saturday from 1–5pm. Many galleries also host free cultural programs such as receptions, artist talks, lectures, musical performances, and literary readings on Saturdays.
OAM offers a monthly Guided Walking Tour on the third Saturday of each month, when a gallery director or other prominent member of the Oakland art community takes visitors to 3-5 galleries for presentations from curators or artists about their current shows. Tours are themed and take place 2–4pm.
OAM distributes printed maps of member galleries and exhibition spaces. Mobile maps are available through our friends at Mosey.
OAM maintains this website, which offers detailed information about current exhibitions and events.
OAM also offers supporters access to special events and discounts at member galleries and cultural partners through our Friends of Oakland Art Murmur membership program.