Join SPIRE on July 26th to learn about creative use strategies to invigorate up-and-coming commercial districts, and how Oakland's Jack London neighborhood became the summer home for the Museum of Capitalism.
The installation of the Museum of Capitalism is a public/private/nonprofit partnership, which activates vacant space through partnership with private development, and integrates arts uses in a rapidly developing neighborhood.
The Jack London Improvement District was formed in 2014 to improve the economic vibrancy and physical space of the roughly 70-block area that includes the Jack London Square waterfront. Partnering with the West Oakland-based curatorial group, FICTILIS, the District employed an innovative strategy to host art uses in underutilized commercial spaces to create a vibrant destination within the district –in this instance, finding a home for the Museum of Capitalism, an institution whose mission is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism. The District worked intensively to find a property owner partner -- and Los Angeles based real estate company CIM generously stepped up to host the Museum.
CIM, purchased the Jack London Square development on Port of Oakland Land of over 240,000 sq ft of office space, 190,000 sq ft of retail, and three owned development sites entitled for over 600 units and a hotel just last year. 100,000 sq ft of retail remains vacant since its development in the mid 2000's. This vacant property serves as the ideal backdrop for a pop up art museum -- the Museum of Capitalism -- which will exist in the space for only three months. This public/private partnership may serve as an excellent proof of concept, and benefits both property owners, the general public, and overall urban vibrancy.
A tour of the museum will follow the panel discussion.
Savlan Hauser, Executive Director, Jack London Improvement District
Kelley Kahn, Project Director, City of Oakland
Caitlin Rink, AVP Retail Leasing, The CIM Group
Andrea Steves, Curator, Museum of Capitalism, FICTILIS
Following the panel talk and museum tour, members will gather for Pan-American cuisine at the nearby Bocanova restaurant. SPIRE has reserved the patio for appetizers and drinks to enjoy the waterfront, prior to dinner in the private dining room.