Defying, Trailblazing & Creating

24 emerging artists graduate from Spark Oakland, a program of Oakland First Fridays. These artists are redefining Bay Area culture through their unstoppable creativity.

Funded by the California Arts Council and our incredible sponsors, the Spark Oakland Accelerator program aims to empower local artists with the technology tools & skills they need to thrive in the COVID era.

We invited 24 local Bay Area artists to participate, and we’re excited to share their work with you.

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Our Initiatives

Oakland First Fridays is a program of the Koreatown Northgate Community Benefit District.
Community Festival
Professional Development
Civic Initiatives

Recent Updates

Proposed changes to Telegraph jeopardize First Fridays

OakDOT is weighing whether to add curbs to the protected bike lanes in the event footprint, which might make it impossible for us to stage the event.
You can read more about it here. We have over a thousand signatures so far on this petition asking for the change to buffered lanes, and we've launched this survey to better gauge how the community feels.

Oakland First Fridays Secures California Arts Council Grants

In 2019, we applied for several grants from The California Arts Council. We've been awarded both a Local Impact and an Artists in Communities grant to help support local artists. The programs pitched will be adapted to accommodate COVID restrictions.

First Fridays Hosts Community Feed Day!

On April 25 we partnered with OakFF vendors Big Serg BBQ, Javi's Cooking, Creative Cousins, Ju'C Fruits and Melanin Gang to host a free Community Feed. We served up 500 meals and 100 healing juice elixirs, gave out 100 masks, plus kids’ books and hygiene supplies.

Dragon School partners with Oakland First Fridays for Spark Oakland artist incubator

Dragon School is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art project that brings people together to help beautify Oakland with beautiful murals and powerful messages.

Oakland First Fridays is a program of the KONO Community Benefit District, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA.

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