Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?
Members of The Town’s vibrant arts community say they’re at risk of displacement because of skyrocketing rents, and that Oakland isn’t moving fast enough to protect its cultural identity.
At Betti Ono, conversations about art and politics are always entangled. Physically, the gallery itself offers a metaphor for that deliberate intersection. Tucked into the Broadway-facing edge of Frank Ogawa Plaza, the space occupies the same plot as City Hall, with its door mere yards from the city council chambers. There, it’s uniquely poised to bring the concerns of artists and culture makers to a place where they can’t be ignored by those in power — to amplify unheard voices on a stage at the center of the city.