Plans are underway to transform a dusty lot in West Oakland to a lively pop-up creative commons, featuring art, performances, and interactive activities. Peralta Junction, located in pie-shaped lot at West Grand and Peralta St, is scheduled to open October 4 and the organizers hope it will bring joy and wonder to Oakland Residents throughout the fall season. Activities have been scheduled for weekends throughout October, November and early December.
This arts-based gathering space will soon come alive with carnival barkers, sweet talkers, artist harkers, and maybe even a dog or two. Jugglers? Maybe. Clowns? Wait and see.
Come one, come all! Come have fun at Peralta Junction! Experience the magic, the wonder, the dream!
After all, tis the season for magic and witchery, spells and dreamery. There will be Halloweenery! Pumpkins! Gardens! Music!
And laughter , especially laughter.
Take a deep breath and discover how art can create community by creating happiness.
Already this empty lot is being transformed. A steel dandelion gone to seed has sprouted in one corner, towering over pop-up garden beds alive with thriving squash plants and pumpkin vines.
A stage is being built and the existing storage containers are being painted with vibrant murals while the fence ringing the yard has been hung with burlap brightly painted with light-hearted images: playful elephants, singing birds, and wizards winking magic into the air.
Change is happening, and that change is for the good.
May there be more color, more song, more laughter, and acres and acres of joy.