West End Arts District was founded in 2015 as a community-led initiative to foster and celebrate the performing and visual arts in the West End of Alameda.
We believe that arts and culture are essential to nurturing a strong and vibrant community. Since launching our flagship annual event, Blues, Brews and BBQ, in 2015, we have expanded our programming to include a range of free arts and community-building events, including Animate Dance Festival, West End Night Market, outdoor art installations, and more.
Looking ahead, as the West End of Alameda continues to change and grow, we aim to serve as a resource for art innovation and programming that provides a sense of place and community for all, and to advocate for a vision of the West End as a regional destination for the arts.
West End Arts District was formally established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in February 2016.
"Culture is not only beneficial to cities; in a deeper sense, it’s what cities are for."
We provide a platform for artists to create vibrant art experiences on the West End of Alameda that bring together local and regional audiences around the visual and performing arts. Our events and programs offer new perspectives, spark conversation, and engage with the landscape we live in.
We connect artists, community members, funders, and audiences to create exciting art experiences that foster a vibrant community and position the West End of Alameda as a regional hub for the visual and performing arts.