Not everyone knows West Oakland to be an artists' community, but this Spark episode tells the stories of artists who call this area of the East Bay their home.
Critically acclaimed modernist sculptor Bruce Beasley not only shows us the creation process behind his awe-inspiring sculptures but also discusses the area's development.
Despite a lack of funding for school arts programs, high school students who take part in BUMP, the Bay Unity Music Project, are learning about music production from hip-hop professionals.
John Abduljaami introduces us to his work and regales us with stories about his woodcarvings.
Finally, tag artist ©rude leaves political, African-inspired artwork around West Oakland public spaces.
Watch as woodcarver John Abduljaami creates a figure from start to finish at his West Oakland lot.
Get down with BUMP, where high school students are learning about music production from hip hop professionals.
See the creative process behind Bruce Beasley's modernist sculptures at his West Oakland complex.
Go undercover with tag artist Crude, who leaves political, African-inspired artwork around West Oakland public spaces.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Black History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.