When plywood went up on storefronts in Alameda at the start of the widespread protests against racial injustice in the weeks following the killing of George Floyd, artists stepped forward to paint the bare panels, transforming them into calls for justice and signals of grief, solidarity, and hope. A selection of these murals are now on extended view in a public installation on Alameda’s West End. They form the centerpiece of the Healing Garden and Memorial, a place for reflection, and a place for nurturing the community conversations so vital to healing and progress.
We spoke with artists Adán Gutierrez-Gallegos and Joanna Ruckman about the mural they created for this project, the role of art in working for change, and what gives them hope in the current moment.
After obtaining final approval from the City of Alameda Public Art Commission at their meeting on July 8, Alameda Point Partners (APP) can now confirm the public artworks commissioned for Site A at Alameda Point. Read more about two monumental works which will redefine the new public spaces at the Point.
In response to the Alameda County Shelter in Place order, West End Arts District has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blues, Brews and BBQ. Expect it to return bigger and bettter next year, and until then stay tuned for updates.