Gray Area-managed Preventative Pro Bono Services form

“This form is for organizations interested in offering pro bono services to those living in dangerous conditions in order to sustain their life and artistic practice. Gray Area is currently using its resources to organize direct relief for victims and families; however we feel deeply that the events surrounding Ghost Ship highlight issues around affordable housing and support for artist spaces. We are eager to organize around these issues, and are moved by the many individuals and firms already offering their services to artists who struggle to practice their work in safe conditions. Our immediate focus are those affected by the tragic fire, but we are eager to work with you and the rest of our Bay Area creative community provide important services and support.”

Call for Amnesty!

The tragic fire of December 2 at Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse claimed the lives of our loved ones. In the wake of Friday night’s loss, many members of our community are fearful that we will lose our spaces and homes.

We do not want to live in unsafe spaces, but they are the ones we need and can afford. Access to space is is vital for collaboration, creation, and refuge. Creative space is what drives a diverse, vibrant arts community, and is essential to the cultural health of the area.

To save our spaces, the City of Oakland should immediately:

  • Proclaim a period of amnesty during which evictions from our spaces are barred
  • Create an independent task force to evaluate conditions in our spaces and bring them up to code.
  • Prevent displacement of artists during periods of repair, or assist them with temporary relocation if needed.
  • Procure new community spaces for each building that is deemed unsafe.