A “Gateway Mural” on Webster Street has long been at the top of the West End Arts District bucket list. A strong public art statement to welcome people to the Island, and to the budding arts district. In 2020, we invited 5 local muralists to submit proposals for the commission and started the search for the ideal site.
Coming soon to the corner of Webster street and Pacific Avenue, the 2000sq ft Webster Gateway Mural will be Alameda's largest mural project to-date. It will be created by Oakland fine artist and muralist Dave Young Kim, with help from five Alameda students who will be mentored by Dave throughout the project. Over the last few months, Dave has spent time meeting with community members, listening to their stories and aspirations, and digging into Alameda's history and culture.
In the meantime, we have been hard at work sourcing grants and sponsorships to contribute to the $36k needed to complete the project. On September 15th, WEAD will be launching a community kickstarter with the goal of raising the final $10k. Keep your eyes peeled and be ready to spread the word to friends, family and neighbors so that we can see the Webster Gateway Mural become a reality.
For more background on Dave, the project and the wider mission, watch the mini-documentary below
Images shown here: "Summit" and "Han" both by Dave Young Kim.