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Your Call: Preserving arts and culture in increasingly unaffordable cities

Laura Flynn
Create mural by Artist and Muralist Marcos LaFarga on Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

On the January 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss ways to preserve arts and culture in the Bay Area. 

In recent surveys, artists in San Francisco and Oakland said that housing and workspace costs make it difficult to be an artist. It's an all too familiar story: the artists who create a dynamic culture are being priced out. 

If you’re an artist, what’s your experience been like? And what should cities do to protect the arts?


Moy Eng, Executive Director of Community Arts Stabilization Trust, which purchases and leases space for the exclusive use of nonprofit arts organizations

Hiroko Kurihara, founder and co-owner of the 25th St. Collective, a sustainable sewn-goods incubator and co-founder of Oakland Makers, an organization that supports artistan producers.

Web Resources:

Cultural Space Coalition

Cultural Action Coalition 

Arts for a Better Bay Area

Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition

25 Street Collective

Heart of the City

Oakland Makers

The Post News Group: McElhaney Advances Legislation Protecting Black Arts Movement and Businesses

Community Rejuvenation Project: Big Ideas for Oakland’s Downtown Mostly Exclude Artists (Op/Ed)

Community Rejuvenation Project: Cultural Resilience, Community Engagement, and Addressing Displacement from an Equity Standpoint

Mission Local: SF buys 6 buildings keeping artists and others local

KQED: New Map Charts Changing Landscape for Arts in Bay Area

San Francisco Arts Commission: 2015 Artist Survey