The Oakland Cannery Collective:

The mission of the Oakland Cannery Collective is to provide a vibrant cultural support system that promotes and preserves the quality of life for our artistic communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change in all artistic communities.

Alistair Monroe

As an inner-city, community-based, cultural arts producer and festival promoter, Alistair works to enrich and beautify urban environments through humanitarian platforms.

With a rich family history of artistry and hospitality, Alistair was the founder of the North Beach Jazz Festival, a vehicle for celebrating the legendary jazz history of San Francisco and was known as the New Orleans Jazz Festival of the West, founded the Band Shell Music Summit in Golden Gate Park, a celebration of music, art and culture dedication to sustainable awareness while exposing the newly developed California Academy of Science and the DeYoung Museum. Alistair has managed multiple artists including San Francisco Bay Area’s Jazz Ensemble, Mingus Amungus when they toured Havana, Cuba in 1997 and recorded an album there.

As an artist educator, Alistair moved into the Oakland Cannery to assist his father, the space he converted from an industrial warehouse into the first legal live-work space for artists in the city, and provided primary-care until he passed in October 2019. Alistair worked along-side his father, in the studio space, to complete the mission and continued to advocate for the creation and protection of the live-work environment in Oakland.

In 2019, Oakland, CA – Alistair produced a retrospective of paintings by, his father, abstract expressionist Arthur Monroe at a pop-up gallery in Jack London Square, along with a collection of African artifacts, albums, drawings and photographs, supported by close friends, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Raymond Holbert, Lewis Watts and Amarah Hicks, in celebration of Arthur’s lifetime achievements.

The works in The Beat Exhibition depicted the life journey in preparation for his personal correspondence and papers donated to the Smithsonian Institute of American Archives for research and exhibition with materials from Evangeline Montgomery and Mary Lovelace O’Neal. Further, his art will be added to the personal collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Alistair was instrumental in producing major exhibitions during the Covid Pandemic in New York City and Aspen Colorado, at the Malin Gallery to expand on the awareness of his legacy.

Ancestral Mask
Ancestral Mask
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Fantastic Negrito at Als Attire SF
Fantastic Negrito at Als Attire SF

Tux Fitting for the Grammy's

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Mos Def Band Shell Music Project
Mos Def Band Shell Music Project

Rapper, poet, Mos Def

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Douglas Stewart
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Band Shell Music Summit Miles 057

Miles Perkins of Mingus Amungus

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Jazz on Coit opening
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Arthur Monroe

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