heArt is Oakland is a collaboration in its purest sense.  We came together as individuals connected by our community. We believe that art can be transformative. Art can heal, instill pride, invite introspection, inspire dialogue and affect change. It’s pretty magic stuff.

Oakland is magic. Art is everywhere in our city, in many forms and manifest in a myriad of venues. Oakland is home to thousands of artists and creators who help make our home one of the most interesting places to live or visit in the world. It is this treasure of local artisans who give Oakland its heArt.

The heART is Oakland exhibition is a show by artists, for artists. We wish to highlight Oakland’s artistic soul and unique vibe, and shift attention to Oakland’s real treasure, it’s creative community. heART is Oakland features Oakland artists in a show of their own, front and center in their own community.

The event is a collaboration of FLAX art & design and We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA). Both FLAX and WABA support Oakland’s creative community.
~ FLAX provides inspiration and materials for creativity.
~ WABA provides advocacy and public awareness for creativity.

The exhibition is a fundraiser to help keep art and artists in Oakland, preserve creative spaces, promote local artists and provide opportunities for our creative community to thrive.

For more about how HeART is Oakland came to be read Ghost Ship: Remembrance, Grieving, and Healing Through Arts, an article by Kadesh Carter who is part of the small team behind this event.

A remembrance page for the Ghost Ship fire victims can be found here.


Thanks to Brook Hansen for creating the heART is Oakland graphic.