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Protecting the Artist and Rejuvenating Community

The corner of Alice and 14th Street in Oakland has always drawn me in. When I moved back home to the Bay Area in 2000 I took dance class at Alice Arts Center. It was in a neighborhood I didn’t know, but as soon as I entered, it owned me. Alice Arts seemed like the heart of Oakland, and in its high flung rooms I felt I could fly. Years later when I had to move from Temescal (the house was about the collapse, I was told), I moved here instinctively, two blocks from Alice Arts, now Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. I don’t live here anymore, but find myself in the area now and then. Recently a mural arrested me. It flashed its colors and held me fast. The first thing I thought – “Of course” and “a long time coming.” Dancer Ruth Beckford’s image rises high from the center, surrounded by the neighborhood’s historic layers of arts and advocacy. I had only lived through a shred of it, and my stay coincided …

Imprint City Aims to Activate the Bayview

Change happens from the street up. The founders of Imprint City believe that street art can unlock the potential of the Bayview neighborhood’s farthest reaches.  They take us through their vision for a global art festival and the means to sustainable, positive change for an area plagued by neglect and the stigma that comes with it. Tyra Fennell, Shawn Bullen and Andrew Casteel bring more than vision, they bring the social capital and tenacity it takes to get ideas off the ground. Tyra commissions murals for the San Francisco Arts Commission, Shawn is making his mark painting murals, while Andrew has co-founded a new Bayview business, Laughing Monk Brewery. (Interview with Tyra Fennell and Andrew Casteel) HH: Tell me how the Imprint City idea got started. TF: I had commissioned Shawn (Bullen) to do a mural and so had Andrew. My vision for an arts festival happened to be in the area where Andrew was doing business, and Sean connected us. HH: Andrew, talk about how your business (Laughing Monk Brewery) grew alongside the idea …