a project of EastSide Arts Alliance
EastSide Arts Alliance • EastSide Mosaics is a community-based group of mosaic artists who work out of the EastSide Cultural Center. We are Oakland mosaic artists who create mosaics in and for our Oakland communities. EastSide Mosaics is a project of EastSide Arts Alliance. Project Manager and Lead Designer, Susanne Takehara, finds working with clients, community residents, and stakeholders an essential and exciting part of the art making process. Collaborations with other artists, craftspeople, clients, and community members are enthusiastically seen as a means of enhancing and deepening the creative process.
EastSide Mosaics, a project of EastSide Arts Alliance, formed in the summer of 2010 during the completion phase of their first project, the façade of the EastSide Cultural Center. Lead artists and tile setters were: Takehara and Xochitl Guerrero. Kiyomi Koide, among other community artists, assisted in the tile setting and installation process.
A second exterior mosaic project was commissioned in 2011, by Satellite Affordable Housing Associates. Takehara was the lead artist, Takehara and Kiyomi Koide executed tile setting and completed the installation. Two additional privately commisioned interior projects were completed in 2014 and 2016.
EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE – Mission
The EastSide Arts Alliance mission is to unite art with activism to work for community empowerment and cultural development, and to build bridges between the disenfranchised, racially and ethnically divided communities that reside in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland, California, and in the broader East Bay.
EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE – Public and Private Commissions
EastSide Arts Alliance has produced over 30 public, school-based, and community (painted) murals in Oakland, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Hawaii and four mosaic projects in Oakland, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California. EastSide Arts Alliance has also curated and produced countless art exhibits in the East Bay.
EastSide Cultural Center facade, Oakland, CA.
Harmon Gardens exterior garden patio, Berkeley, CA.
Private residence kitchen mural, Los Angeles, CA
Harmon Gardens exterior front entrance, Berkeley, CA.