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When one alludes to “the city by the bay”, there is rarely any confusion as to which American city is being referenced…unless, of course, you live in Oakland and know that there is more than just one bay city worth mentioning. In fact, Oaklanders take great pride in their city and are quick to point out all the things that make their city, “the city”. In addition to the countless eateries, shops, and performance venues, Oakland’s art scene is as thriving and vibrant as the energy of the city itself. The Oakland Museum of California is among the most prestigious of the museums, with architecture as interesting and engaging as the works that are housed within it. Other museums of note include the Ebony Museum of Art, Mills College Art Museum, and the satellite sculpture gallery of the Oakland Museum of California’s Sculpture Court. Additionally, Oakland’s extensive gallery choices (23 in the downtown area alone) are best enjoyed through any one of the regular art events that are regularly held throughout the city. Oakland Art Night, held on the third Thursday of each month, features late night gallery viewings, artists’ lectures and demonstrations, and other special cultural events. Galleries to be enjoyed on these nights include Oakland Art Gallery, Gallery 555, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and Pro Arts Gallery. A second option for easy art viewing and an increasing popular event is the “Oakland Art Murmur”, occurring Uptown on the first Friday of every month. Uptown galleries featured on these Fridays include 21 Grand, Boontling Gallery, Mama Buzz, Rock Paper Scissors, and Ego Park. Finally, the annual Labor Day weekend Art & Soul Festival is gaining in popularity with each new year as countless visitors come to enjoy the works of local artists along with music and food for the masses. All of these attractions and events bring a shine to the city of Oakland that forego any formidable shadow cast by the “other” city on the bay and any art student choosing to pursue their studies in the city of Oakland will enjoy all that it has to offer.