Primary Sponsors

The San Francisco Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $808 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, both past and present, TSFF granted $86.8 million in fiscal year 2013. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and policy, advocacy and organizing, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, TSFF is also focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and mortgage foreclosure relief and neighborhood preservation. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

Lake Merritt / Uptown Association

The Lake Merritt/Uptown Association is a Community Benefit District (CBD) which is revitalizing a thirty seven block area in the heart of Oakland, California by providing special benefit services such as district maintenance, safety and security management, as well as community and cultural enrichment. The District was formed following a vote of property owners in 2009 to support a voluntary property tax to fund these additional services over the next 10 years.

Downtown Oakland Association

The Downtown Oakland Association is a Community Benefit District (CBD) Management Corporation committed to revitalizing Oakland’s historic Downtown by maintaining cleanliness and order in the public rights-of-way, improving district identity, fostering cultural opportunities, creating and maintaining new public spaces, and advocating on behalf of the district stakeholders.

Koreatown-Northgate Benefit District

The KoreaTown-Northgate District is a lively and diverse business district on Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 35th Streets in Oakland, California. KoreaTown-Northgate includes an important Korean-American commercial center, a creative arts community that participates in the monthly First Friday Art Murmur event, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center and other healthcare services, new residential projects including the Telegraph (old Sears) Lofts and a growing variety of multi-ethnic restaurants, shops and services that are working to revitalize the neighborhood.

Media Sponsors

East Bay Express

If one mayor represented all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, that person’s 2.5 million constituents would live in the country’s fourth-largest city. And just as these East Bay counties are very different from the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Bay Express is a very different paper. From the international populations that make Oakland and Richmond so dynamic, to the ideological diversity that separates Berkeley from Walnut Creek, our readers are united by their love of a region that is second to nowhere in beauty, livability, intellectual firepower, and cosmopolitan charm.

Every week, the Express provides these well-educated world travelers the only medium dedicated exclusively to them. From our authoritative cover stories; to our in-depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage; to the area’s most comprehensive weekly calendar; the East Bay Express has been this vibrant region’s leading voice since 1978.

Media Partners

Oakland Art Enthusiast

Oakland Art Enthusiast chronicles Oakland and East Bay Area arts news and events, providing critical analysis and in-depth investigation into the unique aspects of this contemporary art scene, while providing context of its place within the contemporary arts nationally. Within this coverage, Oakland Art Enthusiast aims to support and generate recognition and interest in the Oakland and East Bay Area art and its artists of various experiences, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Program Sponsors

Haven | Plum Bar

HAVEN : We serve satisfying, comforting, modern American food — family meal favorites reimagined through the elegant, expert techniques of Executive Chef Charlie Parker. We’re constantly changing our selection of bites and starters, shared plates, and desserts to highlight the best of the season and our love of nose-to-tail cooking and hearty farm-to-table flavors. Our extensive bar menu takes this same chef-driven approach. From the chartreuse to the tonic, we handcraft everything in our kitchen to create delicious, balanced cocktails that you’ve never tasted before.

PLUM BAR : We cook with only the best seasonal ingredients straight from our friends who grow them. We believe in craft, innovation, and the magic of delicious food and drink.

DPG Family of Restaurants -


After years of public art, the Oaklandish brand of apparel was introduced to help support our ongoing calendar of free public events and the Oaklandish Innovators grant program. The civic pride-oriented merchandise is meant to spread “Local Love” while promoting awareness of our mission at large. Oaklandish is committed to encouraging the continuation of Oakland’s “trailblazers’ legacy,” where trends are created and boundaries are redefined. 2012 marks the sixth year of annual grants given to organizations that are doing pioneering work in our community. These funds are meant to offer recognition and support of programs that exemplify the values of innovation and progress in all areas of civic life, including arts, education, technology, and business.

Diablo Magazine

Covering topics ranging from travel, culture, and personalities to entertainment, recreation, and food, Diablo magazine is the only monthly publication written specifically for the San Francisco East Bay market—from Central Contra Costa, into the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, and throughout the Tri-Valley. With locally-driven editorial, beautiful photography, and resource listings, Diablo is a unique celebration of the area we call home.

Oakland Magazine

Oakland Magazine is essential reading for keeping up with one of America’s most engaging and underappreciated cities. Oakland is a city on the move, and so too is the magazine that proudly bears its name. From comprehensive coverage of the trend-setting local food scene to thorough reporting about local retail and real estate, the magazine chronicles the forces reshaping our city. And our newly reinvigorated culture and news coverage documents the latest trends in arts, development, and politics. Oakland Magazine is an indispensible resource to the exceptional beauty, diversity, and quality of life of Oakland and the greater East Bay.

Magnolia Editions

Magnolia Editions is a fine art print studio in Oakland, California. We provide artists with technical expertise and access to an old-world handmade papermaking facility, etching presses, a powerful automated cutting machine, and large pigment-based electronic printing processes. For over two decades we have worked closely with artists to produce and publish print multiples, unique artist’s prints, works on paper and textiles, utilizing both traditional printing methods and the most advanced digital printing and Jacquard weaving techniques.

Paulson Bott Press

Paulson Bott Press specializes in limited edition intaglio prints. The press emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich tradition of fine art printmaking. Paulson Bott Press’s philosophy is to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work.

Dave J Higgins, The Grubb Company

Dave J Higgins, of the Grubb Company, offers Fine Home Sales and Consultation in Our Communities of Piedmont, Oakland and Berkeley.

Galleria Scola

For 30 years at Galleria Scola, we have been committed to the best service for your framing needs. As a full-service, custom framing gallery we also offer consultation, delivery and installation services. Additional specialties are restoration, conservation, mirrors, antiques, local art, textiles, shadow boxes, memorabilia and ready-made frames. We offer discounts for Oakland Museum members and commercial accounts. As local artisans, we are committed to the best framing experience — satisfaction guaranteed.

Telegraph & 23rd, LLC


PsPrint is a different kind of online printing company, providing many online printing services, including business cards, brochures, stickers, invitations and magnets, as well as custom graphic design, direct mailing creation and direct mail fulfillment. By combining the very best in web technologies with state-of-the-art production facilities, PsPrint is able to deliver online printing convenience combined with competitive prices and consistent quality.

Cultural Partners


LATE NITE ART is an international social enterprise that unleashes the creativity in groups using collaborative art-making, ambient music, delicious food and insightful discussion. In a few words, it’s a social art experience.

City of Oakland Cultural Arts and Marketing Department

The Marketing & Special Events program produces vital marketing tools to attract business, develop business and revitalize neighborhoods. The  program supports the arts, culture and entertainment communities by highlighting the world-class amenities to be found in Oakland. The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program provides a competitive grant- funding process for Oakland-based art and cultural activities, funds public art and more.

Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA connects collections and programs across disciplines, advancing an integrated, multilayered understanding of this ever-evolving state. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Oakland East Bay Symphony

Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) was founded in July 1988, when musicians from the former Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Symphony League joined together to form a new orchestra. OEBS aims to make classical music accessible, particularly to those individuals in the community who might otherwise never hear live symphonic music.

Oakland Ballet Company

For over 45 years, Oakland Ballet Company has maintained its commitment to inspiring the East Bay community and beyond by keeping the tradition of ballet exciting, vibrant, and accessible, especially through the presentation of works of the Diaghilev repertoire and modern masterpieces.


Friends of Oakland Art Murmur


Dave J. Higgins * Hung Liu & Jeff Kelley * Marianna Stark * Anita Nunes * Elida Scola * Anja Plowright * Claudia Hess * Slate Art Llc * Melissa & John Russo * TC Niedzialkowski

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