East Bay Cultural Corridor

Four East Bay Cities Team Up In Nationally Unprecedented Arts Collaboration

Recognizing that the arts are a significant, affirming and transformational force in civic life, regional economies and education, the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond have come together in a nationally unprecedented partnership to promote their arts in a new East Bay Culture Corridor (EBCC). The EBCC was formally launched October 2 with public events that run through the month in celebration of the collaboration and a news conference at which the Mayors of the participating cities will inaugurate a new 510Arts.com website.


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Berkeley

Berkeley’s thriving cultural scene is home to more than 130 non-profit arts organizations and hundreds more artists and performers. It’s clear why Berkeley locals and visitors “Come for the Culture, Stay for the Food” – the arts hold equal pride of place with Berkeley’s international reputation as a center for culinary and educational excellence.

The Buzz: The Downtown Berkeley Arts District - a nationally recognized arts destination and model for “arts led” downtown revitalization with theatre, live music, and performing arts education space. Creative spirit infuses Berkeley with everyday discoveries ranging from vibrant street art and public art galleries, to major events such as the Berkeley Artisan Holiday Open Studios, and the renowned exhibitions and permanent collections at the famed UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

Emeryville

Truly a City of the future, Emeryville boasts one of the country’s most active artist live-work communities with hundreds of visual and performing artists in residence year round. The arts have been at the center of a decades-long transformation of Emeryville into a city where locally made culture vibrantly defines the fabric of its neighborhoods.

The Buzz: The nationally recognized Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, held every October, where business, the arts and quality of life blend to create sustainable urban development. The City has a long-standing Percent for Arts program by which real estate developers contribute toward public art. In conjunction with 510Arts.com, in October, Emeryville will inaugurate its Bus Shelter Public Art Program, bringing art and artists to residents and visitors. Richmond

Richmond’s long-standing pride in its arts stands literally at the center of the city in the form of visual and performing arts centers that are nationally recognized as models of a vibrant intersection of public/private partnership. Its newly renovated Civic Center, emerging Arts District, ambitious public art program and performing arts groups welcome new artists and residents and are inextricably aligned with business and neighborhoods. Coupled with the Ford Point Craneway’s new entertainment venue hot-spot on the Bay, Richmond is revealing a vibrant new image.

The Buzz: One of the last bastions of affordable artist live-work space in the Bay Area, Richmond is experiencing rapid growth in its already active artist population. Among the city’s notable arts organizations are the Richmond Art Center, National Institute of Art and Disabilities, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Masquers Playhouse, ArtsChange, Richmond Museum of History and others.
Richmond

Richmond’s long-standing pride in its arts stands literally at the center of the city in the form of visual and performing arts centers that are nationally recognized as models of a vibrant intersection of public/private partnership. Its newly renovated Civic Center, emerging Arts District, ambitious public art program and performing arts groups welcome new artists and residents and are inextricably aligned with business and neighborhoods. Coupled with the Ford Point Craneway’s new entertainment venue hot-spot on the Bay, Richmond is revealing a vibrant new image.  

The Buzz: One of the last bastions of affordable artist live-work space in the Bay Area, Richmond is experiencing rapid growth in its already active artist population. Among the city’s notable arts organizations are the Richmond Art Center, National Institute of Art and Disabilities, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Masquers Playhouse, ArtsChange, Richmond Museum of History and others.
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Oakland

The Oakland renaissance is in full swing, weaving arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life. Like its busy international port, for generations Oakland has welcomed artists and innovators from all over the world, significantly invigorating the cultural landscape and quality of life. The city’s new Uptown Arts & Entertainment District and neighborhood gems make for a great day or evening out with a range of options for dining, shopping and exploring!

The Buzz: The most diverse city in the nation, Oakland is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of individual artists, 300+ arts organizations, and scores of cultural venues and events including the City’s annual Art & Soul festival, Chinatown Streetfest, Dia De los Muertos and others. Notables include the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Chorus, The Crucible, Black Dot Artists Collective, Eastside Arts Alliance, Axis Dance, Project Bandaloop, Art Murmur, Fox Oakland Theater, Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), ProArts, NIMBY, Youth Radio and many more.