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Statement from Art Murmur on February 1 murder (Community Voices)

City Maus/Diane Yee, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianneyee/8152017659/sizes/l/

City Maus/Diane Yee, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianneyee/8152017659/sizes/l/

February 2nd, Oakland --The Oakland Art Murmur is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting that occurred in the Uptown area last night in Oakland. We offer our prayers to the families of the victims. We also offer our prayers to the city of Oakland, the state of California and the entire country. This another example of the epidemic gun violence erupting across America.

The Oakland Art Murmur and the First Friday Street Festival are the products of communities coming together to showcase the best of what people create together. The Oakland Art Murmur is a nonprofit art gallery association that runs a gallery walk on First Fridays from 6-9pm.

Alongside that, the city of Oakland has been closing down a section of Telegraph Avenue for a street festival on a monthly basis. The City has been providing security for the street festival that they have been permitting.

We believe that art can transcend social, racial and politcal issues, and we will continue to offer a positive and engaging cultural experience for visitors to our member galleries, showcasing over 1,200 artists in nearly 300 exhibitions every year.   

Board of the Oakland Art Murmur

 

The Oakland Local Editorial Team is made up of Juan Martinez, Jeannine Etter, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, Eric Arnold, Jennifer Inez Ward, CB Smith-Dahl, Susan Mernit, Debi Mason, and others.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Kiante Campbell. We are calling on community leaders, organizations and small business owners to join us at a community vigil on March 1 at next month's Art Murmur. As a community we must push for a comprehensive and holistic approach to ending the violence in our city. Drop us a note to be a part of the vigil and to stay up to date http://bit.ly/JoinEBC