Honoring victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire by ensuring access to safe and affordable Live, work, and Performance Spaces for
San Francisco Bay Area artists and Musicians
Soaring rents and costs are displacing Bay Area artists and forcing them to hold music events in deathtraps like the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse, threatening the continuation of innovative arts and culture in the Bay Area, long recognized as a fertile place for creativity.
(Ghost Ship Wall Mural, Oakland)
Along with friends Beth Jay and Tom Dolan, Edwin Bernbaum, whose son Jonathan died in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire, started Vital Arts to address these problems and to honor the victims of the fire by working to ensure that no artists or art lovers have to pay for their passion with their lives.
(Artist Live-Work Space, Oakland)