Many of the Bay Area transplants who started as dwellers of the City echo a common sentiment when deciding to make their way across the bridge to stay: Oakland is beautiful, full of love, and real.
One evening at Joyce Gordon’s Art Gallery, Oakland Voices correspondent Patricia Fox asked creatives assembled there what inspired them to become residents of Oakland.
What makes Oakland ‘home’ for you?
The beauty of Oakland is real! San Francisco is not really California. We have to make a better story about Oakland” When I asked about his painting
The AIDS epidemic shattered the creative zeal of the City because galleries were not looking for individualism in art anymore, and instead tried to pigeonhole every artist as David Wajnarowics. I moved here in the 90s. I found my soul in Oakland. I love it here.
This is my soul place. It would be good to get back to our roots, Mom & Pop shops, Big Mama, and just [being a] community. Despite the gun violence and how crack impacted the community generations ago, there is still so much Black love.
Photos by Patricia Morrow.
If you moved to Oakland, what makes it home for you? If you were born and raised here, what keeps it home for you?