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5733 Oakland Cannery Collective

The Beat Generation Gallery​ Exhibition

Produced by Alistair Monroe


A retrospective of paintings by Arthur Monroe and portfolio was on view along with a collection of African artifacts, albums, drawings and photographs, assembled by Arthur’s close friends: Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Clairemont Moore, Edward Brooks, and Amarah Hicks.


The celebration of Arthur Monroe’s lifetime achievements was in preparation for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Sponsored in partnership with Visit Oakland. Curated by Arthur’s son Alistair Monroe, who's quest was to preserve his father’s 50-year legacy as an artist, Alistair founded the North Beach Jazz Festival, as well as Oakland’s newest cultural arts festival FESTAC Oakland, coming to Old Oakland Corridor for its second year this September 28th 2019.



 Artist Arthur Monroe


Arthur Monroe is a widely respected artist, educator, and community activist. A native New Yorker, he participated in the Abstract Expressionist art scene during the 1950s and later moved to San Francisco, where he communed with the Beat generation of writers, poets and painters in North Beach. Mr. Monroe also served as the chief registrar for the Oakland Museum of California for 30+ years.


 The Oakland Cannery Live/Work Artist Building


In the 1970s, Arthur Monroe pioneered the conversion of The Oakland Cannery in East Oakland into a legal live-work space for artists. Founded by Arthur as an arts warehouse, the industrial building is now home to some 30 creatives, as well as local businesses.


Exhibition Curator Alistair Monroe


As an inner-city, community-based, cultural arts and music producer, Alistair Monroe founded the North Beach Jazz Festival, San Francisco. More recently, he founded Oakland’s newest cultural arts festival FESTAC, Alistair works to enrich and beautify urban environments, in order to educate the public about the process and history of their local art forms, through humanitarian and educational platforms. Working within a wide variety of neighborhoods, Monroe applies an intuitive grasp of the creative process to his work with community arts organizations.



The Oakland Cannery Collective needs your help! Please become a supporter of this festival 

that can impact the daily lives of artists in our communities.


  • $25 Donation- Gift Bag, Poster, T-Shirt

  • $75 - VIP Benefit Package 

  • Gift Bag, Limited Edition Poster, T-Shirt & Hat

FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP with 501c3 Non-Profit Status


For any questions with sponsorships and artists application email: 

Alistair Monroe: info@theoaklandcannery.com